Velmanette Montgomery's Press releases

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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Joint Legislative Forum on School Governance Reform October 8, 2013 - Public Testimony is Invited

(Brooklyn, New York): Responding to the public’s call for greater transparency of the NYC public education system, state lawmakers will hold a legislative forum to solicit comment on legislation that proposes sweeping school governance reform (S.1406/A.792).The bill seeks to restore a Democratic system of checks and balances by changing the composition of the Board of Education, ending mayoral control of the school system, and giving parents greater involvement in education policy creation and decision making.

August 22, 2013
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Consumer Alert: New Yorkers Be Wary of Growing Trend of Child-Identity Theft

The NYS Division of Consumer Protection is alerting parents, guardians and young adults about a growing trend of child-identity theft. These victims may not discover their identities have been stolen until they begin applying for loans, credit card accounts, or renting their first apartment.

Child identity theft is the assumption of an identity through the use of a minor’s personal information and social security number.

August 20, 2013
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Raise the Age!

New York is one of only two states in our nation to set the age of criminal responsibility at 16. For certain crimes, a child as young as 13 can also be adjudicated as an adult. In these instances,  childhood decisions could have a devastating effect on the lives of many young men and women.

August 20, 2013
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Senator Montgomery Touts NYS Democratic Conference Internship Program

The New York State Democratic Conference Internship Program

August 20, 2013
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Taking the High School Track to College

Early College High School (ECHS) is a unique approach to obtaining a higher education. Based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, ECHS is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. These programs blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college.

August 20, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Prohibit the Sale and Possession of Shark Fins

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will make it illegal to possess, sell, or distribute a shark fin in New York State.

“Every year, an estimated 73 million sharks are killed to supply the growing global demand for their fins,” Governor Cuomo said. “Not only is the process inhumane, but it also affects the natural balance of the oceanic ecosystem. With this new law, New York will be doing its part to help preserve this important species and maintain a stable environment for them.”

August 2, 2013
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July 29th Community Meeting Regarding Development Project on Myrtle Avenue

Please click and view the attached flyer for meeting details. 

July 23, 2013
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AGC NYS Offering Scholarship Opportunities to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS) today announced that the AGC NYS Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for their undergraduate, graduate and diesel technology scholarship programs.

Since 1998 the program has awarded 448 scholarships nearing $1 million to students pursuing degrees in Civil Engineering, Construction Technology, Construction Management and Diesel Technology.

AGC NYS Scholarship

April 16, 2013
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April 12, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Announces $3.4 Million in Funding for Public/Private Partnerships to Support Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Programs Statewide -- Grants will Fund 18 Community Programs to Improve Outcomes for Children

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3.4 million in grants have been awarded to 18 organizations across the state to fund unique public/private partnerships between private and non-profit organizations to support early childhood to youth-aged programs in local communities in need. The awards, administered by the state Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), represent a wide range of creative and evidence-informed practices and programs throughout the State. Through these awards, New York is investing in services which are culturally and linguistically competent, cost efficient, and contribute toward alleviating family well-being barriers identified for the respective communities.

April 4, 2013
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U.S. Small Business Administration Makes Low-Interest Disaster Assistance Loans Available for Faith-Based Organizations and Places of Worship

Please refer to the attached documents for information on the loan opportunity. A Spanish-language fact sheet is also attached.

 

March 19, 2013
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Opportunity Centers to Help Immigrants Fully Participate in New York's Civic and Economic Life

The Office for New Americans, the first statewide office with a sole focus to assist our state's immigrants in their efforts to contribute to the economy and become a part of the family of the New York has opened locations in Brooklyn and statewide.

The cornerstone of the Office for New Americans is a network of 27 neighborhood-based Opportunity Centers, hosted within existing community-based organizations, throughout the State. The centers will help New Americans learn English, prepare them for the U.S. citizenship exam, and help them start and grow businesses so they can fully participate in New York State’s civic and economic life.

March 11, 2013
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Women's Equality Exhibit Opens At State Capitol In Recognition Of National Women's History Month

The 2013 Women’s Equality exhibit opened this week at the State Capitol in Albany, New York. The exhibit highlights the struggle for economic equality that women have faced since the 1820s to the 1980s. The Governor toured the exhibit with members of the New York State Women’s Equality coalition. The display, located in the War Room, is part of an ongoing initiative to create museum quality exhibits for public viewing at the State Capitol.

March 8, 2013
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Governor Announces $285,000 in Funding for Third Year of FreshConnect Farmers' Market Program

Funds to Support Farmers’ Market, Youth Market, and Food Box Projects to Bring More New York State Farm Products to Underserved Communities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $285,000 in available funding for the third year of the Governor’s “FreshConnect” program, which brings fresh food from New York farms to underserved communities throughout the state. The FreshConnect program assists New York farmers by increasing the sale of locally-grown food products while improving nutrition and promoting economic development around the state through projects like youth markets, delivery of products to low-income housing facilities, and new initiatives at traditional farmers’ markets.

March 8, 2013
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