Velmanette Montgomery's Press releases

ALBANY PULSE - March 11, 2011

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

March 11, 2011

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

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

Senate Majority Extends Rights to LGBT Couples

Montgomery Legislation Grants Bereavement Leave To Employees In Same Sex Relationships

June 30, 2010

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosenthal/Squadron Bill Ensures Social Services Recipients Receive Critical Sexual Assault Information

New York, NY –Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF, Manhattan) and State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that yesterday Governor Paterson signed into law a bill (A3378/S4077) requiring local social service districts to inform all people applying for public assistance of their option to receive information on resources for victims of sexual abuse and assault.

September 17, 2009

Statement by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery On The Federal Investigation of Four New York Juvenile Detention Facilities







In the wake of a federal investigation into the administration and oversight of four secure juvenile detention facilities in New York, I am angered as well as saddened by the inhumane treatment of troubled youth, many of whom are living with mental illnesses.

August 28, 2009

Senator Velmanette Montgomery Letter To Commissioner John B. Mattingly re: Day Cares

August 26, 2009

Commissioner John B. MattinglyAdministration for Children Services150 William Street 18th FloorNew York, NY 10038

Dear Commissioner Mattingly:

There were a number of concerns raised at our public hearing over the proposed closure of over 120 ACS day care classrooms, and the transfer of over 3,500 four and five year old children from subsidized child care to kindergarten. Thanks to federal stimulus funding, and the intervention of the City Council, those closures were averted.

August 26, 2009
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