Velmanette Montgomery's Press releases

Senator Montgomery Joins in Commending Tony Danza Upon the Occasion of His Selection as 2014 Italian-American Day Honoree

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment who foster ethnic pride and strive to preserve their cultural heritage, thereby enhancing the profile of cultural diversity which strengthens the fabric of community throughout this great Empire State; and

June 13, 2014

New Yorkers Encouraged to Take Advantage of Discounted Rate at State Campgrounds through June 26

Governor Andrew M. Cuomoannounced details of the Early Summer Camping Special for 112 state campgrounds across New York. The discount helps kick off the summer season for families looking for affordable getaways and coincides with the state’s broader outdoor tourism promotions highlighted earlier this month at the Governor’s Tourism Summit.

The special offer includes $5 per night off regular rates through June 26 for campers making reservations using the promo code EARLYCAMP14. The deal covers New York State Parks- and Department of Environmental Conservation-operated campgrounds in nearly every region (excluding Hither Hills State Park, mooring buoys, walk-ins and previous reservations).

June 2, 2014

Governor Signs Legislation to Provide Tax Relief for Homeowners with Properties Damaged by Superstorm Sandy

Legislation, proposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and signed into law by Governor Cuomo, will provide relief to New York City residents subject to higher property taxes as a result of repairs to homes severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The legislation was unveiled by both the Mayor and the Governor in April at the 2014 NY Rising Community Reconstruction Spring Conference in Albany.

June 2, 2014

Governor Cuomo Announces $350,000 in Awards Under the FreshConnect Farmers' Market Program; Program Increases Access to Farm Fresh Products; SNAP Recipients Get 40% More in Benefits by Shopping at Participating Farmers' Markets

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced more than $350,000 under the FreshConnect Farmers’ Market program to fund 17 farmers’ markets across the state and provide valuable incentives for SNAP participants and veterans. Currently in its fourth year, the FreshConnect Farmers’ Market program has increased capacity for farmers to directly market their products to consumers while providing New Yorkers in underserved communities with new opportunities to purchase farm fresh products.

May 16, 2014

New Advances in MTA Real-Time Digital Communications

MTA Bus Time Now Covers All Buses in New York City; Four in Ten Railroad Riders Have Downloaded Free Apps for Metro-North and LIRR

March 19, 2014

Social Security Announces Service Changes

To meet increasing service demands despite shrinking budgets, Social Security has invested in technological innovations offering more convenient, cost-effective and secure options for the public. Considering these factors, Social Security is making some service changes in our field offices across the country.

On August 1, 2014, Social Security will stop offering Social Security number printouts. Also, on October 1, 2014, our offices no longer will issue benefit verification letters. As a result of these changes, we ask agencies and organizations that routinely need access to these materials to use the data exchanges specifically developed for this purpose.

March 6, 2014

Executive Budget Outlines Innovative Action Plan to Build and Shape an Even Better New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today delivered his 2014 Executive Budget address, outlining a disciplined and innovative plan that allows for tax cuts that will create jobs, grow the economy and provide much-needed relief for struggling families.

New York has undergone a dramatic turnaround in the past three years. In 2011, the New York faced a $10 billion budget gap, symptomatic of decades during which the State spent beyond its means. Budgets were chronically late and politics dominated policymaking.

January 21, 2014

January is Financial Aid Awareness Month

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the state's student financial aid agency, puts college within reach of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers each year by administering 18 student financial aid programs, including the flagship Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). The HESC also offers college access and career planning guidance, and administers a highly successful College Savings Program.

For more information on tuition assistance and other available to New York State students, please visit




January 15, 2014

Senator Montgomery Announces Legislative Public Hearings on the Governor's Budget

 Please click the link below for the schedule of Legislative Public Hearings on the 2014-15 Executive Budget Proposa.

January 14, 2014

Kindergarten Admissions Start January 13, 2014

If you live in New York City and your child is turning five years old in 2014, your child is eligible to begin kindergarten in September. Starting Monday, January 13, 2014, the application will be available online at You can also apply over the phone by calling 718-935-2400, or in person at the District 2 Enrollment Office, located at 333 Seventh Avenue (12th Floor), between 28th and 29th Street.

January 9, 2014

Streamlining State Grant Processes - Information for Current and Potential Grantees

Grants Gateway:  Beginning January 1, 2014, State agency funding opportunities will be posted on the Grants Gateway for online application. In the time leading up to this exciting transition, it is essential that you register with the Grants Gateway and create an account that will provide you full access to the system. For guidance on Registration and Online Application processes visit the Videos tab and the Grantee User Guide in Quick Links. In the future, as you browse or search for opportunities on the Gateway, pay special attention to the funding announcement. Opportunities specifying “Download” will be applied for using familiar existing processes.

January 6, 2014

Schools Invited to Apply for Funding for Mental Health Programs

The Children's Insititute announced the Application for Funds for School Year 2014-2015 to fund new Primary Mental Health Project programs in schools.

The Primary Mental Health Project is a nationally recognized, evidenced-based program that helps children in kindergarten through third grade focus on learning, adjust to school, and gain self-confidence.

Letters of Intent are due February 7, 2014.

Please review to the attached document for applciation details and other information. 

December 20, 2013

Sixth Annual Latino College Fair to be Held on November 23 in the Bronx

 New York students and families looking to find more information on the college process are encouraged to attend the state’s Sixth Annual Latino College Fair and Workshop to be held Saturday, November 23 at the Bronx Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University.

November 20, 2013

$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

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

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

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

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

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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