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Governor Cuomo Awards $2.5 Million in Grants to Help Thousands of Low-Income Students Obtain a College Degree

Governor Cuomo awarded $2.5 million in College Access Challenge Grants (CACG) to programs that will help thousands of low income students obtain a college degree.

These programs, run by organizations and schools across the state, provide crucial services including academic support for students at risk of dropping out, training for high school guidance counselors serving low income students and college financing workshops. Last year, these CACG funded programs helped more than 47,000 New Yorkers apply for and succeed in college.

October 11, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Improve Access to State Services for Non-English Speakers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring state agencies that provide direct public services to offer free interpretation and translation services to members of the public for vital forms and instructions.

Based on census data, the services will be offered in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, French, and French Créole.

Approximately two and a half million New Yorkers do not speak English as their primary language and have limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. This presents potential barriers when trying to access important government benefits or services.

October 7, 2011
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7 NY Dems Call for Investigation Into NYPD Syping

Associated Press NEW YORK — Seven Democratic state senators called Wednesday for the state attorney general to investigate the New York Police Department's spying on Muslim neighborhoods.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the senators cited an Associated Press investigation that found the NYPD has subjected entire communities to surveillance and scrutiny, often without any allegation of wrongdoing. Police built databases of businesses that catered to Muslims and monitored where certain Muslims ate, shopped, lived and prayed.

October 7, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Praises Student Achievers in the Bard Early College High School Program

Senator Montgomery introduces the Bard High School Early College program and praises its director, Martha Olson (left, rear) and program graduates for their outstanding achievements.

September 23, 2011
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Early College High School Advocates Team Up

At a September 14, 2011 news briefing, education advocates (from l-r) Assemblywoman Annette Robinson; Gale Stevens Haynes, Provost of Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University; and Dr. Kathleen M. Cashin, Member of the New York State Board of Regents, join Senator Montgomery to announce the start of the "Smart Scholars" Early College High School Program in four Brooklyn high schools.

September 23, 2011
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Boys & Girls High School Principal Talks About New Education Program

Bernard Gassaway, Principal, Boys & Girls High School, takes the stage at Senator Montgomery's September 14 news conference to announce the Smart Scholars Early College High School Program starting at his school in cooperation with Long Island University.

 

September 23, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Speaks "All Things New York" with WWRL's Rennie Bishop (Audio)

 

Senator Montgomery dialogues with Rennie Bishop of WWRL about the Smart Scholars Early College High School Program.

September 19, 2011
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Governor Cuomo & U.S. Treasury Department Announce $55 Million in Federal Funding for Small Business Credit Programs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has approved New York's State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) application. This will allow the state to access $55.4 million in federal money to fund three new small business lending programs.

September 15, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Announces Household Appliance Grant Program for Storm Recovery

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched an $8 million appliance grant program for those who sustained property damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The program will help New Yorkers cover the costs of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers washing machines and furnaces, damaged by the recent flooding. Grants will be a fixed amount for different appliances and could cover up to 100 percent of the costs of a purchase. If the cost of the appliance exceeds the cap, the program will pay a portion of the total costs up to the cap.

September 14, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Announces Start of "Smart Scholars" Early College High School Program in Brooklyn

NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery joined today at Long Island University with Brooklyn high school principals and college presidents, students, state education officials and union leaders to announce the start of four new Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) programs in Brooklyn, New York.

September 14, 2011
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Ten Years Later---9/11/11

Senator Montgomery observes the anniversary of September 11th with firefighters and community at Brooklyn local engine 226 in Boerum Hill, where she presented a Proclamation honoring the 4 company firemen who made the supreme sacrifice on 9/11/2001. 

September 13, 2011
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Affected Taxpayers, Tax Preparers and Relief Workers In Counties Declared Disaster Areas Among Those Provided Extra Time To Pay and File Taxes

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced the extension of certain tax filing and payment deadlines for affected taxpayers, tax preparers and relief workers in counties that were declared disaster areas by President Barack Obama.

The deadlines for most filings and tax payments have been extended to October 31, 2011. The deadlines for withholding payments and Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax payments have been extended to September 12th, 2011. There are no extensions for payments required to be made through the Prompt Tax system for sales tax, prepaid sales tax and excise tax on motor fuel and diesel motor fuel and the petroleum business tax.

September 9, 2011
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Promoting Workers Rights as Human Rights

Senator Montgomery met with members of the TWU on August 20, 2011 to discuss promoting understanding of Workers Rights as basic Human Rights.

September 1, 2011
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Press Conference: Senator Montgomery to Announce Launch of EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL INITIATIVE In Brooklyn

An announcement of the Early College High School Initiative will be made on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (located on Flatbush Avenue Between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street).  

September 14, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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NYC Department of Education to Open Registration Centers Across the City This Week for New Students

The New York City Department of Education today announced that it will open 12 Student Registration Centers on Wednesday, August 31, to enroll new students for the opening of school. Procedures vary across the following categories of students: All new high school students or those re-entering the system after an absence—both general education and special education— should register at a Student Registration Center in their borough of residence. New or re-entering general education elementary and middle school students without a zoned school should also register at a Student Registration Center in their borough of residence.

August 30, 2011
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