Albany, New York (January 30, 2007): In an effort to identify barriers to college success for African American and Latino New Yorkers and ways to improve their educational outcomes, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and The College Board will co-host an informational dialogue on this issue during the 36th Annual Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. The seminar, entitled Closing the Achievement Gap: Connecting All Students to College Success, will take place on Saturday, February
Concord Baptist Church833 Gardner Taylor Boulevard (formerly Marcy Avenue)(Between Putnam Avenue & Madison Street)Brooklyn, New York
NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) invites her constituents and other supporters to attend her swearing in ceremony where she will renew her oath of office as State Senator for the 18th Senate District.
The Reverend Dr. Gary V. Simpson will deliver the invocation and administer the oath of office.
At a musical and literary tribute to two Brooklyn icons, both of whom lived in Fort Greene, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) recently hosted a celebration of the powerful creativity and lives of jazz bebop sensation Betty Carter and artistic legend Tom Feelings. This celebrated event, co-hosted by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), was held at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York. The Church is pastored by the Reverend David Dyson, LAPC.
November 13, 2006 (Brooklyn, NY): State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) today held a citizens’ briefing to respond to concerns about the process for selecting new voting machines for New Yorkers to use in the 2007 elections.
State Senators Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan) blasted Governor George Pataki today for vetoing a measure to end the practice of punishing seriously mentally ill prisoners by throwing them into solitary confinement for up to 23 hours every day.
"Besides being inhumane, placing a mentally ill inmate in solitary confinement makes a bad situation worse," Senator Montgomery said. "It creates prisoners who are more disruptive, more disturbed and more likely to hurt themselves or others."
June 21, 2006 (Albany, NY): New Yorkers who spent time in prison will no longer be automatically denied a license to barber or practice cosmetology if legislation, approved this week by the State Senate, is signed into law (S.5934-A/A.6179-A).
This change to New York’s licensing guidelines is made possible under legislation sponsored by Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-Bronx).
State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) paid tribute to legendary jazz composer, pianist and bandleader Dave Brubeck. During a recent Senate Session, Mr. Brubeck was honored for his stellar career and noted achievements, and in celebration of his 85th Birthday. Writing more than 100 musical compositions, Dave Brubeck has established himself as an ambassador of jazz, contributing to the entertainment and cultural enrichment of American Society. Mr.
Brooklyn lawmakers proudly gave their approval to the recent election of Karen Brooks Hopkins to the 16-member New York State Board of Regents. Ms. Hopkins is the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she has worked since 1979.
In her role as BAM President, Ms. Hopkins oversees the Academy’s 300 full- and part-time employees and facilities, including the 2100-seat Howard Gilman Opera House and 874-seat BAM Harvey Theater, the four-theater BAM Rose Cinemas and the BAMcafé.
There is a lot of talk about all that’s bad with Governor Pataki’s 2006-07 Executive Budget proposal, namely funding cuts that will prove devastating to colleges and college students, hospitals and health care consumers, and community-based providers of human services.
Albany, New York (March 2, 2006): At a recent meeting organized by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), criminal justice advocates from throughout the state were invited to engage in a dialogue with StateAttorney General Eliot Spitzer, chief prosecutor for New York, regarding proposals to help ensure that individuals released from prison are provided with adequate services and opportunities to support their successful transition back into community living.
Albany, New York (February 17, 2006): Hundreds of students, teachers and health care professionals from Brooklyn and statewide marched on the State Capitol this week to make their case for more state funding for school-based health centers (SBHCs). Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Montgomery), champion of their cause, pledged her support for a long overdue increase of $15 million for the centers and called on other state lawmakers to do the same.
Albany, NY (February 13, 2006): A greater number of men and women incarcerated in New York State prisons will be able to qualify for a reduction in their sentence by accumulating merit time under legislation proposed by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn).
Brooklyn, New York (November 7, 2005): New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) was among the supporters of more than 40 women veterans hailing from New York City who were treated to "A Day of Pampering" at the Manhattan-based Turning Heads Beauty Salon and Spa.
One of the biggest challenges people face when entering and leaving prison is the lack of constructive programming and services available to them BOTH behind bars and in the community. What do these men and women really need to help them FIND AND continue on a successful path? Senator Montgomery is taking action to find out. Here is a description of legislation she has introduced to help men and women make a successful transition from prison to community life.
New York State Justice Reinvestment Program & Fund (S.1063)
Albany, New York (June 24, 2005): "America’s history is incomplete without the telling of the torturous African slave trade, the vestiges of slavery and racism, and the triumphs of African-Americans," said State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) in applauding the passage of legislation she co-sponsored that provides for greater public education of Black History in America.