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Emergency Loan Program for Homeowners

Brooklyn Housing & Family Services is available to help homeowners in determining if they are eligible for financial assistance under the federal Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP). Sponsored by HUD, the program is intended to help mortgage holders of one to four unit homes who have suffered a loss of income resulting from unemployment caused by adverse economic conditions or a medical emergency.

The EHLP offers a declining balance, deferred payment loan up to a maximum of $50,000 or 24 months, whichever occurs first, to assist eligible homeowners with payments of arrearages and monthly payments on first mortgages.

July 11, 2011
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Schools Chancellor Walcott, NYC Agencies & Non-Profit Groups Announce Outreach Initiatives to Promote Free Summer Meals for Youth 18 and Younger

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, joined by City agencies and non-profit organizations, today announced outreach initiatives to notify families with children 18 years old and younger about the City’s annual summer meals program, which provides nutritious and tasty meals at no charge.

July 6, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Addresses Affordable Housing Crisis Through Extension and Expansion of Rent Laws

 In an effort to preserve New York’s stock of affordable housing and protect over 2.5 million tenants in New York City and the surrounding counties, Senator Montgomery announced that the State Senate passed a four-year extension and expansion of rent regulations. The legislation marks the first time in almost 30 years that rent laws have been strengthened to provide greater protections for tenants.

June 28, 2011
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Senate Passes "Complete Streets" Legislation

The State Senate passed this week the “Complete Streets” legislation, which would help make roadways safer for all who use them.

June 24, 2011
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Senate Approves Montgomery-Sponsored Legislation to Increase Transparency on Albany’s Spending Practices

Montgomery Bill Sheds Light on Government SpendingSenate Approves Montgomery-Sponsored Legislation to Increase Transparency on Albany’s Spending Practices

To ensure public money is spent wisely, Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) passed legislation (S.372-A/A.7993-A) requiring state offices and agencies to report and justify how taxpayer dollars are spent.  Increasing transparency, accountability and openness of state spending allows the public to hold Albany accountable to the taxpayers’ needs.

June 24, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FIVE YEAR LABOR AGREEMENT WITH CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today this week that his administration has reached a five-year labor agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA). CSEA represents 66,000 New York State employees and is one of the largest public employee unions in the state. Upon ratification, this agreement would provide CSEA protection from broad layoffs.

June 23, 2011
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Ivory Coast Meets East Coast

Senator Montgomery with Youssoufou Bamba, Cote d'Ivoire's (Ivory Coast) Ambassador to the United Nations. The Ambassador was honored by the State Senate, recognized for his leadership in forging economic development opportunities and partnerships with the countries worldwide.

 

 

June 23, 2011
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Extending an Albany Welcome to First Lady of Jamaica

Senator Montgomery extends a warm Albany welcome to First Lady of Jamaica, Mrs. Lorna Golding, who greeted Senate members during her recent visit to the Capital City.  

 

 

June 23, 2011
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Advocacy Academy Participants Get Lesson in Civic Participation

Senator Montgomery with participants and supporters of the Advocacy Academy, a program sponsored by the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College and funded by the Senator. Also pictured with the group is Senator Kevin Parker (center). Academy participants, who are comprised of faith and community based organization leaders,  came to Albany as part of their 16 week-learning experience in advocating for their groups and the issues that are important to them. Among other things, the Advocacy Academy offered practical instruction on how to impact government policies through effective interaction with elected officials and governmental agencies. 

June 23, 2011
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NYS Senate Gives Final Legislative Approval to Montgomery Bill Authorizing Nurse Practitioners to Sign Death Certificates

The State Senate gave final legislative approval today  to a bill permitting New York's more than 13,000 nurse practitioners to sign death certificates in the same manner as physicians and other authorized parties. The bill (S.325) is sponsored by Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), who is a member of the Senate Health Committee.

June 23, 2011
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Faith-Based Community Rallies for Rent Reform

Members of the clergy from Brooklyn and elsewhere throughout the City stand with Senator Montgomery and her colleagues in calling for the passage of the Omnibus Tenant Protection Bill that not only extends the rent laws but strengthens rent controls and tenant protections. Clergy members who rallied in support of the pro-tenant legislation include Bishop Fernando Rodriguez; Bishop Calixto Rodriguez; Apostle James Duncan; Rev. Dr. David Olivencia; Rev. Dr. Victor Collier; Rev. McKinley Johnson; Rev. Willie Stovall; Rev. Norita Love; and Pastor Jancie Liefmore. Senator Montgomery is also joined by (to the Senator's right, l-r) Senators Liz Krueger,  Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Martin Dilan.

June 21, 2011
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Sex and the City Star Cynthia Nixon Lobbies Lawmakers on Marriage Equality

 

Senator Montgomery is joined by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon who traveled to the New York's State Capitol on Tuesday, June 14 to urge lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill. The bill was approved by the Assembly that day.

Senator Montgomery, a long-time supporter of marriage equality noted that proponents of the bill have managed to close a vote gap in the Senate in a very short period of time but that the bill is still one vote shy of victory.

June 16, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement on Historic Ethics Reform

June 9, 2011
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NYS MEMBERS OF COLOR PUSH FOR REPEAL OF VACANCY DECONTROL

NYS MEMBERS OF COLOR PUSH FOR REPEAL OF VACANCY DECONTROL TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF LOW- AND MODERATE-INCOME NEW YORKERSLaws to sunset in two weeks; group urges Gov. Cuomo to strengthen rent regulation laws

June 2, 2011
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Getting New Yorkers Back to Work: Senate Dems Unveil “Workforce Reinvestment Plan”

Senate Dems Unveil “Workforce Reinvestment Plan” that Uses Budgetary Savings to Support Job Creation and Unemployment Protection(Albany, NY) With just nine days left in the legislative session, Senate Democrats are urging immediate action to get New York working again - announcing a workforce reinvestment plan to spur job creation and strengthen protections for the unemployed. After leading the charge to make New York more affordable by tackling rising housing and energy costs, Senate Democrats set their sights on rebuilding the economy through increased employment opportunities and common-sense unemployment protections.

June 2, 2011
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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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Senator Montgomery and DC 37 Friends Talk Rent Reform

Senator Montgomery and DC 37 members talk about reform of the rent laws as well as OTB matters important to their membership.

May 5, 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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