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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF FINAL AGREEMENT ON MAJOR PRIORITIES FOR END OF 2015-16 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced details of a final agreement on a number of major priorities for the end of the 2015-16 legislative session.

The legislation introduced and passed today includes the following reforms and actions:

June 25, 2015
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Summer Book Giveaway for Students Enrolled in "Pre-K for All" - New Program Designed to Support Kindergarten Transition and Curb Summer Learning Loss

Chancellor Fariña today announced a book giveaway program for all 4-year-olds enrolled in free, high quality pre-K programs across the City. This free package – which includes five high-quality books, supplementary activities, and a letter from the Chancellor – will go to students participating in the first, historic year of Pre-K for All. Students in both full-day and half-day programs will all receive the books in addition to children enrolled in integrated special education settings and District 75 programs. The Chancellor made the announcement at Get Set Kindergarten’s stepping up ceremony in Brooklyn, where she handed out books to students and their families.

June 25, 2015
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Senator Montgomery's Anti-Shackling Legislation Receives Final Legislative Approval

Senator Montgomery's Anti-Shackling legislation (S.983-A) received final legislative approval on June 23, 2015. It now awaits consideration by the Governor before becoming law.

The bill prohibits the shackling of female inmates who are pregnant, in labor or eight weeks postpartum during transporation or hospitalization, except under extraordinary circumstances. 

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June 25, 2015
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Dr. Una Clarke Confirmed as CUNY Board Member

Senator Montgomery with Dr. Una Clarke following the confirmation of Dr. Clarke's nomination to the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees. Dr. Clarke is a former Flatbush City Councilwoman and mother to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke.

June 25, 2015
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TWU Members Visit Albany

Senator Montgomery and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer welcome Transport Workers Union members to the Capital City.  

June 23, 2015
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James Edward Blakely

James Edward Blakely, a native of Thabas, Arkansas, joined the United States Navy in September 1939. He is a true World War II hero. Members of the armed forces like Mr. Blakely, who serve so valiantly and honorably in times of conflict when our country’s freedoms are at stake, deserve special recognition from all residents of our nation. For his service, Mr. Blakely cannot be sufficiently extolled for his dedication and service to his nation. 

May 19, 2015
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Ella J. Weiss

Ella J. Weiss has been involved in education, the arts and community affairs for her entire adult life. Her professional and volunteer achievements share a common thread – a singular and unrelenting devotion to the betterment and enrichment of Brooklyn as a whole.

As President of Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), Ms. Weiss has expanded programs and brought stability and leadership. She has greatly enhanced BAC’s partnerships with borough, city and state agencies, and has helped develop innovative new professional services for individual artists and art organizations in Brooklyn. Under her leadership, BAC has become a prominent force on the cultural scene.

May 13, 2015
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Senator Montgomery and Assemblyman Ortiz Urge Passage of Briana's Law - CPR Legislation Could Save Lives by Re-training Police Officers

Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix W. Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) held a press conference this week at the State Capitol in Albany with advocates and supporters of Briana’s Law (A.4364/S4378). This legislation will require law enforcement agents, including state police, to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) re-training every two years. The bill was drafted in response to the tragic death in 2010 of Briana Ojeda, an 11 year old girl who suffered a severe asthma attack and subsequently died after the attending police officer was unable to administer CPR. 

May 6, 2015
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Senator Montgomery and Assemblyman Ortiz Urge Passage of Briana's Law - CPR Legislation Could Save Lives By Re-training Police Officers

Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix W. Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) held a press conference this week at the State Capitol in Albany with advocates and supporters of Briana’s Law (A.4364/S4378). This legislation will require law enforcement agents, including state police, to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) re-training every two years. The bill was drafted in response to the tragic death in 2010 of Briana Ojeda, an 11 year old girl who suffered a severe asthma attack and subsequently died after the attending police officer was unable to administer CPR. 

May 6, 2015
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Wildlife Conservation Society's Zoos and Aquariums Accepting Applications for Summer Discovery Guide Program at the Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium

Discovery Guides are volunteers who are important to the day-to-day operation of the zoos and aquarium. They work within the zoo and aquarium’s education department to interpret exhibits, interact with visitors, and assist with public events and activities.

April 16, 2015
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EARTH DAY 2015 POSTER CONTEST: DISTRICT 25

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.  This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 25th Senatorial District. Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is: Julia Ayala3rd GradePS 67 Charles Dorsey School

April 10, 2015
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Senator Montgomery Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Senate Resolution No. 986

WHEREAS, On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights demonstrators marched 54 miles from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama; and

WHEREAS, The demonstrators organized to promote black voter registration and challenge the killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson, who had been killed by an Alabama state trooper three weeks earlier while trying to protect his mother at a civil rights demonstration; and

WHEREAS, For 100 years after Emancipation laws, intimidation tactics, and violence prevented African-Americans from going to the polls; and

WHEREAS, In the city of Selma, African-Americans comprised more than half the population yet were only 2% of the registered voters; and

March 17, 2015
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Senator Montgomery Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Senate Resolution No. 986

WHEREAS, On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights demonstrators marched 54 miles from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama; and

March 17, 2015
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March 12, 2015
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March 11, 2015
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