Velmanette Montgomery's Press releases

This Memorial Day, Veterans First: Senate Passes Legislation to Benefit New York’s Servicemen and Women

This Memorial Day, Veterans First: Senate Passes Legislation to Benefit New York’s Servicemen and Women

The New York State Senate passed a package of nine bills this week which will expand or launch new benefits programs for the brave New Yorkers who have fought for our nation’s freedom.

“Our veterans and active military personnel have made brave sacrifices on behalf of us all in their service to the nation,” Senator Montgomery said. “From access to housing, health care, and educational opportunities, the service that veterans have provided to our country entitles them to the very best from their state government, and New York aims to give it to them."

May 27, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Recognized as Woman of Distinction

Senator Montgomery Recognized as Woman of Distinction During May’s “International Victorious Woman Month”Senator Honored by NYU and People’s World

NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) recently received two awards, which distinguish her as a visionary leader who is committed to ensuring that all people have equal access to quality education and every opportunity for positive life experiences.

Senator Montgomery was presented the Distinguished Alumna Award by the New York University (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

May 25, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Giving Tenants FREE Meeting Space in Public Housing

May 2, 2011

Standing up for the rights of tenants to organize, the New York State Senate passed legislation to eliminate the financial burden to tenants who want to conduct meetings in public housing, announced Senator Velmanette Montgomery, a sponsor of the bill. 

The legislation (S.3114)  bans the imposition of a fee currently placed on tenants wishing to hold a group meeting. Under the bill, tenants would have access to a location owned by the authority which has been set aside as an area of common use for all tenants, including any community or social room.

May 3, 2011
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ALBANY PULSE - March 11, 2011

To read Senator Montgomery's March 11th ALBANY PULSE, click on the link below.

March 11, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Works to Renew and Strenghten State's Rent Protection System

With rent regulation laws that protect over one million units of affordable housing in New York City and the surrounding counties (Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland) dangerously close to expiring, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery and her Senate Democratic colleagues have called for the immediate extension and expansion of tenant protections.

March 8, 2011
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Tax Department Announces Free Tax Filing Service For Eligible Taxpayers

Tax Department Announces Free Tax Filing Service For Eligible TaxpayersWebsite Offers Qualifying Guidelines For Using FreeFile

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox today urged taxpayers to take advantage of FreeFile - a program providing free state and federal tax preparation and e-filing services to qualified New York State taxpayers.

Half of New York's taxpayers qualify for free or reduced fees to file electronically through FreeFile. You may be eligible if you earned $58,000 or less in 2010 or you served in the military in 2010.

February 16, 2011
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Senate Majority Extends Rights to LGBT Couples

Montgomery Legislation Grants Bereavement Leave To Employees In Same Sex Relationships

June 30, 2010
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Senator Montgomery Participates in Panel Discussion on Juvenile Justice in New York State: Practice and Reforms

Sen. Velmanette Montgomery from The Fund for Modern Courts on Vimeo.

 

Modern Courts' Forum on Juvenile Justice in NYS: Legal Practice Policy Proposals and the Critical Need for Reform: May 2010

Senator Velmanette Montgomery participated in a panel  discussion on the present practice and newest policy proposals and initiatives in juvenile justice in New York State.

June 22, 2010
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Senator Montgomery's "Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act" Passes Senate & Assembly

Senator Montgomery’s Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act Passes Senate and Assembly

Albany, NY (June 18, 2010): The Senate gave final legislative approval today to State Senator Velmanette Montgomery’s (D-Brooklyn) Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560-B/A.8011-B), which encourages environmentally sound, safe and responsible development in New York State.

June 21, 2010
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Montgomery Law Helps Safeguard Youth Against Influenza Virus

April 15, 2010

(Albany, NY):  New York children and their parents will now be better informed about the influenza virus and how to safeguard against it under legislation (S.4645-B/A775-B) sponsored by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and enacted into law this week (Chapter 36).

April 15, 2010
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"Restaurants Lending A Helping Hand Act" Encourages Food Donations During Difficult Economic Climate

For Release: April 9, 2010

ENCOURAGING FOOD DONATIONS DURING THIS DIFFICULT ECONOMIC CLIMATESenator Velmanette Montgomery: Legislation Will Assist People in Need and Build Relationships Between Food Providers & Charitable Organizations

NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D- Brooklyn) announced that the State Senate this week passed legislation (S6303/A9252 ) which will encourage food service industries to donate food to charitable organizations.

April 9, 2010
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Senator Montgomery Announce Comprehensive Budget Reform Proposals

For Release: April 7, 2010

NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) joined today with members of her Senate Democratic Conference to announce comprehensive budget reform measures that will end Albany’s pattern of quick fixes and ensure New Yorkers receive a fiscally responsible budget. 

The legislative package provides for long-term financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountably for State-financed programs and services. 

April 7, 2010
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Senator Montgomery Vows to Fight Child Care Cuts! (3-17-10)

On Friday, March 12, 2010 in Brooklyn’s Boro Hall, Senator Velmanette Montgomery  met with child care advocates, parents, educators, and elected officials to  develop a response to Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to slash funding for child care and head start programs.     

The proposed cuts fall disproportionately on Brooklyn.      

March 17, 2010
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Senator Montgomery's Charter School Letter

February 2010

Dear 18th Senate District Neighbor:

Thank you for sharing your views with me regarding the delivery and funding of quality education.  I am committed to helping our children achieve positive educational outcomes and working to secure the necessary federal and state resources to accomplish these goals.  With this goal in mind, my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly advanced a charter school bill that sought to place our state in the best possible position to win a maximum $700 million federal education financing award by submitting a timely and complete Race to The Top (RTTT) application.

February 5, 2010
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Senate And Assembly Unveil Sweeping Ethics And Election Law Reform Legislation

Measure includes stricter campaign finance rules and greater penalties for violations, increased disclosure of outside income for legislators, enhancements to the lobby law, strengthened legislative and executive oversight

January 15, 2010
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NYS Conference of Black Senators offer their support and prayers to the families and friends affected by this terrible natural disaster in Haiti

Members of the NYS Conference of Black Senators sent messages of prayers and support today, to families and friends that have been affected by the tragic earthquake that took place south of Port-Au Prince, Haiti yesterday. “The Haitian community is a very vibrant and important part of our districts and we will do everything possible to aid them during this painful time”, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson of the 36th District (Westchester and Bronx), Chairwoman of the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS).

January 14, 2010
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Senator Montgomery Calls On Governor To Maintain Funding For School-Based Health Centers

October 1, 2009

The Honorable David A. PatersonGovernor of New York StateExecutive Chamber, State CapitolAlbany, New York 12224

Dear Governor Paterson:

Thank you for your extraordinary support of School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs).   We are writing to ask you to exempt SBHCs from any further State Budget cuts this year and in the 2010-11 State Budget. As you know, School-Based Health Centers had their base funding reduced by over $1.5 million in the last budget cycle. We understand that further cuts are necessary due to the current State deficit.  But during these difficult financial times, underserved children and their families need more services, not less.

October 6, 2009
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