Representatives of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies and the Black Veterans for Social Justice, Inc. discussed with Senator Montgomery their 2012 Budget Agenda, including the impact of the Governor's proposed fiscal plan on child welfare, early childhood education, elderly welfare, HIV/AIDS, income security, workforce development and youth services.
Senator Montgomery joined with representatives of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park to support their request to the Legislature for the inclusion of $35 million in the final 2012-13 State Budget.
Governor Cuomo has proposed $25 million, a $10 million cut from last year's appropriation. The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides young people with important job opportunities and fosters work and life skill development, including responsibility, punctuality, money managment, teamwork and meeting workplace expections.
Approximately 130,000 New York City apply for jobs under SYEP and only 31,000 get jobs.
At a September 14, 2011 news briefing, education advocates (from l-r) Assemblywoman Annette Robinson; Gale Stevens Haynes, Provost of Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University; and Dr. Kathleen M. Cashin, Member of the New York State Board of Regents, join Senator Montgomery to announce the start of the "Smart Scholars" Early College High School Program in four Brooklyn high schools.
Bernard Gassaway, Principal, Boys & Girls High School, takes the stage at Senator Montgomery's September 14 news conference to announce the Smart ScholarsEarly College High School Program starting at his school in cooperation with Long Island University.
Senator Montgomery observes the anniversary of September 11th with firefighters and community at Brooklyn local engine 226 in Boerum Hill, where she presented a Proclamation honoring the 4 company firemen who made the supreme sacrifice on 9/11/2001.
Senator Montgomery with Youssoufou Bamba, Cote d'Ivoire's (Ivory Coast) Ambassador to the United Nations. The Ambassador was honored by the State Senate, recognized for his leadership in forging economic development opportunities and partnerships with the countries worldwide.