Velmanette Montgomery's Press releases

New Montgomery Law to Help Bolster State's Procurement of NY-Grown Farm Products

Albany, NY (September 10, 2012): Legislation was recently signed into law (Chapter 452; S.4855) to increase the State’s purchasing of New York-grown farm products.

Under the new law, sponsored by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), a representative of a non-profit, New York-based group representing the state’s agricultural community will join the NYS Procurement Council. The member will aid in educating State institutions on the benefits of buying more New York grown and processed products whenever possible. The non-paying appointment to the Council will be made by the Governor.

September 10, 2012
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New I-STOP Law To Help State Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Legislation was recently signed into law to help New York State crack down harder on prescription drug abuse. The new I-STOP law includes a series of provisions to overhaul the way prescription drugs are distributed and tracked in New York State.

September 6, 2012
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New York Launches New Pilot Program to Make Health Insurance More Affordable for College Students

New York has launched a new pilot program that will allow large universities to directly provide health coverage to their students at a lower cost. The program is the result of legislation signed into law last week. The five universities that are eligible to self-insure are Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, and the University of Rochester.

August 1, 2012
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New Law Helps Protect Teens from Health Risks Associated with Indoor Tanning

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to better protect teens from dangerous exposure to UV radiation by limiting their access to indoor tanning facilities. The new law prohibits the use of indoor tanning devices by children less than 17 years of age and requires teens between the ages of 17 and 18 to obtain parental consent.

July 16, 2012
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Foreclosure Prevention Program to Offer Help to Bedford-Stuyvesant Homeowners; Mobile Command Center to Visit Community on July 14

Foreclosure Prevention Assistance Available to Homeowners at Department of Financial Services' Mobile Command Center During Family Health & Resource Day in Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2012.

The Department of Financial Services, in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services of Bedford-Stuyvesant, is reaching out to offer help to Bedford-Stuyvesant area homeowners in Brooklyn struggling to save their homes from foreclosure.

July 12, 2012
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Brooklyn Community Foundation Announces $2.3 Million in Grants

The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced the recipients of its competitive grantmaking for 2012, totaling $2,299,600 for 138 highly effective community-based programs and services.

July 9, 2012
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Get Your Summer-Fresh Produce Through New York's FreshConnect Program

Summer means a fresh new season of New York produce.  FreshConnect program is increasing access to affordable, fresh New York-grown produce for all New Yorkers, while also supporting our local farmers. The FreshConnect program to support 34 projects at over 50 locations statewide. Many of these farm-to-table projects in underserved communities are now open.

FreshConnect projects include markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and food distribution systems – allowing more New Yorkers to enjoy fresh, New York-grown fruit and vegetables available this summer season, like asparagus, strawberries, peas, broccoli, and more.

July 3, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Legislation to Protect People with Special Needs and Disabilities

The Governor and legislative leaders reached agreement on legislation that will establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting people with special needs and disabilities.

The legislation creates a new Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, an initiative that will transform how the state protects over one million New Yorkers in State operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 18, 2012
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Governor Cuomo & Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Legislation to Protect People with Special Needs

The Governor and legislative leaders reached agreement on legislation that will establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting people with special needs and disabilities.

The legislation creates a new Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, an initiative that will transform how the state protects over one million New Yorkers in State operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 18, 2012
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"African American Experience in New York" Exhibit Opens at Medgar Evers College to Celebrate Juneteenth

The traveling African American Experience in New York exhibit opened this week at Medgar Evers College. The exhibit, which had been on display in the War Room of the State Capitol since February, highlights the themes and people who were honored during Black History Month 2012.

June 15, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Announces New York State to End Finger Imaging Requirement for Food Stamp Recipients

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will end the finger imaging requirement for all food stamp applicants and recipients, helping simplify the application process and removing a barrier to reducing hunger among the state’s children and adults.

May 17, 2012
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NYSDOT Releases Competitive Solicitation for up to $11.5 Million Under the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 Program

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has released a competitive solicitation for project applications for up to $11.5 million under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2012.  The Section 5310 Program (49 U.S.C. 5310) provides federal funding assistance to meet the specialized transportation needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.

May 16, 2012
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More Than 18,000 Teens to be Employed by Summer Jobs Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the NY Youth Works Summer Employment Program will enable more than 18,000 teens to be employed across the state this summer.

The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will distribute $25 million among all 57 counties and New York City to help bring underserved youth into the labor market, acquire skills and expand their aspirations and career goals. The City will receive $13, 532,390.

May 10, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Announces $10.3 Million Federal Grant to Help Unemployed New Yorkers Accelerate Their Job Searches

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has received $10.3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of its Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) initiative. The grant will help the state provide individualized job search and training services to individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits in order to get unemployed New Yorkers back to work as quickly as possible. New York’s grant was the largest among the 42 that were awarded nationwide, as recognition of the success of the state's One-Stop Career Centers.

May 10, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Applauds the Awarding of $330,301 for Public Library Construction in the 18th Senate District

Senator Montgomery applauded the designation of $330,301 in public library construction grant funds for four public libraries in her 18th Senate District.

May 4, 2012
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Bill Impacting Early Childhood Education Passes Senate

Dear Advocates for Children & Families:

A bill I am sponsoring, S.5650-C, passed the Senate on May 2, 2012. This legislation would direct the Commissioner of the New York State Education Department to issue a report on early childhood education in daycare settings.

Extensive research has proven that children with access to high-quality early education have a major advantage over those who do not. Currently, early childhood education in New York State is provided in a number of settings, from day care centers to nursery schools to private homes to public schools. The guidelines and regulations governing these activities vary by setting and are overseen by either the Office of Children and Family Services or the New York State Education Department.

May 3, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill Giving Nurse Practitioners Greater Say in Health Care Decisions

The State Senate this week gave unanimous approval to legislation (S.4525-C) that would allow nurse practitioners to admit a patient to an inpatient mental health unit.

April 27, 2012
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Senate Democratic Conference Holds Public Forum on Hydrofracking

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Conference today held a public forum on hydraulic fracturing also known as “hydrofracking.” The forum was attended by members of the Democratic Conference, as well as environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State. Attendees at today’s forum discussed the issues and concerns about potential consequences and impacts of hydrofracking.

April 25, 2012
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Partners in Preservation -- Help Invest in New York City's Historic Sites

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have announced that New York City will be this year's location for Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative to raise awareness of the importance of historic places.  The program will infuse $3 million in grants to preserve the city's historic buildings, icons, and landmarks.  As New York City's first-ever citywide grassroots preservation effort, the call-to-action program will enlist the aid of all New Yorkers, and anyone who loves New York, to vote online for the preservation projects most important to them.

April 20, 2012
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Public Health Experts, Human Rights Advocates Join Senator Montgomery in Calling for Law Barring Use of Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution

Albany, NY: Public health experts, human rights activists and advocates for sex workers and the LGBT community, joined with NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) in calling for the passage of the Senator’s legislation (S.323/A.1008) that would barr the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution.

April 19, 2012
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