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

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

Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement on Historic Ethics Reform

June 9, 2011


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

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

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

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

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

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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April 21, 2011

Delivering the Innvocation

Senator Montgomery thanks Reverend Carol Warner Ligons for delivering the innvocation at the start of the April 11 Senate Session. Reverend Warner Ligons is the President of the National Association Women of the Church of God and the sister of Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson.

April 13, 2011

Giving an Albany Welcome to New Schools Chancellor


Senator Montgomery greets incoming NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott during the April 12, 2011, meeting of the Senate Education Committee of which Montgomery is a member. Praising Mr. Walcott for his commitment to children and their parents, Senator Montgomery said that she and her colleagues look forward to working with him. Mr. Walcott's appointment is awaiting final approval from the State Department of Education.

April 13, 2011
April 12, 2011

Reproductive Health Matters

Representatives of Planned Parenthood of New York City and the NYC Civil Liberties Union thank Senator Montgomery for affirming her support for the preservation of state and federal funding that enables their organization to deliver quality primary and preventive health care.  

March 22, 2011

Senator Montgomery Votes Down Senate Republican's Budget Resolution, Faults Proposal for Dismissing Juvenile Justice Reform

Dear Constituents and Juvenile Justice Advocates:

The Republican-controlled Senate and the Assembly have each submitted their budget bills, which accept and reject portions of the Governor’s recommended State spending plan for FY 2011-12.

While I was pleased by many of the funding restorations contained in the Senate’s budget resolution, I voted against the proposal because it hurts our children -- our young people who are on the road to ruin because we, as a State, are not acting responsibly to reform New York’s juvenile justice system.

March 16, 2011

Rededication of the YWCA Community Art Gallery to JEANNETTE “RUBY” NOTTAGE

In recognition of National Women’s History Month,NYS Senator VELMANETTE MONTGOMERYMartha Kamber, Executive Director of the YWCA of Brooklynand Lynn Nottagecordially invite you to a reception to celebrate thenewly renovated YWCA of Brooklynand the rededication of theYWCA Community Art Gallery to

JEANNETTE “RUBY” NOTTAGEFriday, March 25, 20116:00 pm - 8:00 pm

at the“NEW” YWCA Community Art GallerySecond FloorYWCA of Brooklyn30 Third AvenueBrooklyn, NY 11217

March 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM