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.
Students, parents and teachers from P.S. 24 in Sunset Park ask Senator Montgomery to support their After-School Program, which is facing tough financial times due to the Governor proposed budget cuts. The Senator pledged to do all that she can to restore funding to $30.5 million, an amount that was earmarked for after-school programs in last year's budget.
DC 1707 members from Bedford Stuyvesant, Red Hook and elsewhere in the 18th Senate District met with Senator Montgomery to discuss the Governor's proposed budget cuts to child care and Head Start programs.
During her visit to New York's State Capitol, Miss USA 2009, Kristen Dalton of North Carolina, met with Senator Montgomery and other legislators. Ms. Dalton talked to the Senator about her interest in women's health issues, including her advocacy work around breast cancer education.
March 2010: Senator Montgomery (seated, center) joins with her legislative colleagues to announce the First Annual Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Awareness Day. To commemorate the event, more than 300 MWBEs came to the Capital City to discuss their business enterprises and press for legislative reforms that increase their access to the state contracts.
Senator Velmanette Montgomery (center) joined her colleagues at the State Capitol in welcoming the Honorable Roberto B. Saladin, Dominican Ambassador to the United States and the Honorable Rafael Evans, Esq., Dominican Consul General to New York to the First Annual Celebration of Dominican Heritage Month in New York State sponsored by the New York Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus Members. February 27 is the anniversary of Dominican Independence, a holiday equally embraced by the 800,000 Dominicans residing in New York State as by the citizens on the island of the Dominican Republic.
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.
Senator Montgomery talks about the delivery of comprehensive school-based primary care and mental health services in the 18th Senate District with (from l-r) Iona Thomas, RN, MACNE, Board Member, Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center; Jessica Perez, Board Member, Lutheran Family Health Centers; Bettie Mays, School-Based Health Center Administrator, Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, and standing rear (l-r), Kaitlin Viera, SBHC patient and Ivette Davila-Richards, mother of Kaitlin and Board Member, Lutheran Family Health Centers.
(l-r) Dr. Wesner Moise, Primary Care Physician CNR; Mr. Richard Kuo, Executive Director Homecreast Community Services, Inc.; Clari Gilbert,Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office ; Ms. Suleika Cabrera-Drinane, President and CEO Institute for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Elderly, Inc.
The NYS Senate passed legislation (S.2969) this week permitting the nearly 13,000 certified nurse practitioners from across the state to sign death certificates ensuring the delivery of appropriate and medically-accurate postmortem care.
The legislation, sponsored by Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), gives nurse practitioners the authority and responsibility to complete death certificates in the same manner as physicians, medical examiners and coroners.