Velmanette Montgomery's Press releases

$4.8 Million Awarded for Projects to Develop Advanced Technologies for More Energy Efficient Buildings

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced $4.8 million in awards for projects that explore new technologies to make buildings in New York State more energy efficient while helping to expand the building sector economy.

Today’s announcement is the second of six rounds of funding under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Advanced Buildings Program, which will provide a total of $25 million over the next three years. NYSERDA is partnering with manufacturers, research scientists, building owners and property managers interested in developing and applying new and emerging energy-efficient technologies that offer improved energy and environmental performance.

November 20, 2013
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Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Opens November 18

Households across the state can begin applying for heating assistance this winter through New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) on Monday, November 18. HEAP, which is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), is a federally-funded program that provides up to $650 for eligible households to pay for energy costs in order to keep their homes warm during the winter.

November 14, 2013
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Consumer Alert: Governor Cuomo Warns New Yorkers About Deceptive STAR Program Solicitations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today advised taxpayers to beware of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply for free.

New homeowners have received letters offering to enroll them in the STAR Program for a substantial fee equivalent to the full amount of the taxpayers’ first year savings – which averages $700 statewide and can be as high as $3,000 for senior citizens in the Lower Hudson Valley and on Long Island. An example of these letters can be viewed here.

November 7, 2013
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Governor Announces Receives $2.4 Million Federal Grant to Lower Cost of Installing Solar

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has won a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II award to support NYSolar Smart, a project to streamline the solar installation process in the state and lower the cost of solar using innovative financing mechanisms and information technology (IT) solutions, which was developed by the City University of New York (CUNY) under the Governor’s NY-Sun initiative.

November 7, 2013
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New Law Requires Hospitals to Offer Hepatitis C Testing

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a new law that will better protect baby boomer New Yorkers from Hepatitis C by requiring hospitals and health service providers to offer testing for the virus to all patients born between 1945 and 1965.

Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) is a co-sponsor of the law.

"Hepatitis C is a debilitating and potentially fatal disease that disproportionately affects the baby boomer generation in New York and nationwide," Governor Cuomo said. "This new law will help fight Hepatitis C and keep New Yorkers safe by providing testing to those most likely to have this virus whenever they visit a medical facility."

October 23, 2013
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Senator Montgomery calls for Reform of Mayoral Control of NYC Schools

Has Mayoral Control of New York City schools been a good thing?Should it be ended? Can it be fixed?

 

October 9, 2013
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Over $451 Million Available to Improve Clean Water Infrastructure Projects Across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the approval of $451.6 million in grants and low-cost loans to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure from New York City to Western New York. These projects will protect public health and the environment with cleaner water supplies while also create economic development opportunities.

The $451.6 million -- $7.9 million in grants and $443.7 million in low-cost financing -- was approved today by the Board of Directors of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC). EFC is the arm of state government that provides low-cost financing to help local governments fund new drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in a more cost effective manner.

September 16, 2013
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Medicaid Redesign Team Initiative to Provide Supportive Housing to 5,000 High-Need Individuals

The New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Supportive Housing initiative will undertake significant investments to create new affordable housing units and provide needed support to nearly 5,000 high-need individuals, following significant Medicaid savings totaling more than $4 billion achieved over the last year under the MRT initiative. Additionally, over the next five years, the State is on track to save a combined $34.3 billion.

September 16, 2013
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AG Schneiderman Announces Election Day Hotline to Help Ensure Access for Voters Across New York State During 2013 Election Cycle

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an Election Day hotline to help ensure that minority-language voters, people with disabilities and all eligible voters are able to cast an effective ballot during the September 10th primary election. The Attorney General urges voters to call the Office’s Hotline at 800-771-7755 or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov at any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to report issues or problems at the polls.

September 9, 2013
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Portable Cribs Available for Families in Need

New York State is offering portable cribs, also known as playards or playpens, for families in need. In keeping with the continued efforts to promote safe sleep practices for infants, the Office of Children and Families Services (OCFS) will purchase 2,142 GRACO Pack ‘n Play portable playards that will be made available to counties and community-based programs, benefitting families without the resources to obtain safe sleep furniture for children in their care.

September 9, 2013
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Adelaide L. Sanford Institute Fall 2013 Parent Sessions Announced - Sessions are FREE to Registered Participants

The Parent Common Core Awareness Sessions will provide parents and care givers the opportunity to learn about the changes in curriculum content (English Language Arts & Mathematics), classroom instruction and learning opportunities for students in kindergarten – grade 12.

During these sessions participants will learn about:

1. complete analysis of the most recent 2013 test results in English Language Arts and Math;

2. resources for parents on what their children should be learning in English Language Arts and Mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented;

3. activities that parents can implement at home to support their children’s learning;

September 9, 2013
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New Public-Private Partnership to Prepare More Than 6,000 Students for High-Skill Jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced 16 winners of a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare. Students will earn an associate degree at no cost to their families and will be first in line for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.

August 30, 2013
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Dads Take Your Child to School Day is Tuesday, Sept. 17 -- Encourage your child's school to get involved!

The Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance have worked together for the last several years to encourage and support the development of a statewide focus on responsible fatherhood. As part of New York State’s commitment to promote responsible fatherhood, one day in September has been set aside for fathers and father-figures to take their children to school as a way of becoming more involved in their child’s education throughout the year.

August 27, 2013
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New Initiative to Transform Schools In Distressed Communities Into Hubs for Children and Family Services Providers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the NYS Community Schools initiative, a new statewide program he announced in the 2013 State of the State address that will transform schools in distressed communities into hubs for a wide range of support services for children and their families including health care, counseling, nutrition and job preparation services.

Under NYS Community Schools, approximately 30 schools will be selected in the first round to receive grants of up to $500,000 each over three years. These grants will go toward building strong community partnerships that deliver critical academic, health, extra-curricular and social services primarily in the school building.

August 26, 2013
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New Registration Program for STAR Exemption

The 2013-14 State Budget requires all homeowners receivng the Basic STAR exemption to register with the Tax Department as part of an effort to eliminate inappropriate exemptions.

STAR registration will begin in August 2013. The Department will mail notices to all property owners currently receiving the STAR exemption, and implement a comprehensive outreach campaign to get the word out. Correspondence will be mailed September 16 through October 14. 

Attached is a fact sheet about the program. More information can be accessed at: www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/index.htm. The registration program will allow homeowners to quickly and easily register for the Basic STAR exemption.

August 23, 2013
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New Law to Streamline Election Night Procedures, Cuts Red Tape for County Boards of Elections

Legislation was signed into law this week to improve election night procedures followed by county boards of elections (BOE) to close polls and report the unofficial election tallies. In particular, the bill authorizes New York City BOE to use portable memory devices rather than hand-written tallying to gather the unofficial returns for transmission to the BOE.

August 23, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Announces $71 Million to Build Affordable Housing Statewide

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $71 million is now available through New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) for shovel-ready projects to build affordable housing units across the state. 

August 23, 2013
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