At the start of the 2013 Senate Session, Senator Montgomery congratulates Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the new Senate Democratic Leader, while also recognizing past Senate Democratic leader Manfred Ohrenstein (far right) and Peter Kiernan, who worked as Counsel to the Senate Democratic Conference from 1978-1981. Mr. Kiernan, who also served as Counsel to the Governor from 2008-2010, is currently Counsel with ShiffHardin, LLC, as well as the Chair of the NYS Law Revision Commission.
The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an Ambassador program. It is a unique program especially designed for students who will be representing their state as well as the United States, acting as ambassadors to Taiwan. Upon returning to the United States, students will be expected to act as ambassadors of good will for both the United States and Taiwan whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Representatives of the Osborne Association came to Albany to ask lawmakers to support Senator Montgomery's legislation that was introduced to addresses concerns raised by three young people whose parents are in prison. The bills are:
S 6044-A: Directs the commissioner of corrections and community supervision to establish and maintain a public website that provides information concerning specific visitation rules, regulations, policies and procedures for all correctional facilities.
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.