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Senate And Assembly Unveil Sweeping Ethics And Election Law Reform Legislation

Measure includes stricter campaign finance rules and greater penalties for violations, increased disclosure of outside income for legislators, enhancements to the lobby law, strengthened legislative and executive oversight

January 15, 2010
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NYS Conference of Black Senators offer their support and prayers to the families and friends affected by this terrible natural disaster in Haiti

Members of the NYS Conference of Black Senators sent messages of prayers and support today, to families and friends that have been affected by the tragic earthquake that took place south of Port-Au Prince, Haiti yesterday. “The Haitian community is a very vibrant and important part of our districts and we will do everything possible to aid them during this painful time”, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson of the 36th District (Westchester and Bronx), Chairwoman of the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS).

January 14, 2010
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Parents, Union, Child Care Providers and Advocates Call for State to Take Action to Make Child Care Program Fair

ALBANY – A report released by Empire Justice Center today, Mending the Patchwork, documents a persistent lack of fairness in the way child care assistance is administered in New York State.

January 13, 2010
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Senator Montgomery speaking about Martin Luther King Day

Senator Montgomery speaking about Martin Luther King Day 2010

January 13, 2010
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Senator Montgomery at a dedication ceremony at Janes United Methodist Church

With ( l-r), Assemblywoman Annette Robinson, Rev. Edith Critchlow; Rev. Dr. Robert O. Simpson, pastor of Janes; Rev. Dr. Joseph V. Crocket; Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Rev. Allen H. Smith.

Janes United Methodist Church is named for Edmond Storer Janes (1807-1876) who in 1844 was elected Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The church can trace its roots to 1858 when a Sunday school was started in a private home. Janes Mission, located at Patchen Avenue and Monroe Street, was built ca.1859 at a cost of $3,000 and had a seating capacity of 400.

January 13, 2010
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Senator Montgomery's constituents from Park Slope are pictured here during their visit to Albany on January 12, 2010

To thank the Senator for hercontinuing support for family planning service providers in Brooklyn and statewide, and to request that funding for reproductive health services bemaintained in the 2010-11 State Budget. Among the visitors are CarolBeemet; Lissa Wolfe; Hadiyah Chantry; Dana Czucka; Rocio De la Rosa; MarthaDenton; Theodora Diwouta; Gayle Dorsley; Patricia Houston; Mika Keegstra;Martha Shane; Diane Smith; Sarah Uehara and Erick Washington.Photo by Erick Washington

January 13, 2010
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Taskforce on Transforming Juvenile Justice Report

Attached is the Report of the Taskforce on Transforming Juvenile JusticeThe following individuals will be at the briefing:Gladys Carrión, Esq. - Commissioner, Office of Children and Family Services(OCFS)Jeremy Travis - President, John Jay College and Chairman of TaskforceMichael A. Corriero - Executive Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Co-Chair of Taskforce

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Taskforce on Transforming Juvenile Justice Report

December 14, 2009
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December 14, 2009
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Useful Resources

Am I Eligible for Benefits?www.mybenefits.ny.gov

How do I contact my Local Department of Social Services?http://www.otda.state.ny.us/main/workingfamilies/dss.asp

December 8, 2009
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Bills Currently in the Social Services Committee

Click Here to view a list of bills that are currently in the Senate Social Services Committee.

November 9, 2009
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Analysis of the Governor’s Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan and its Impact on New Yorkers

Please click on the PDF link below to view the Governor’s Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan......

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The Governor’s Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

November 6, 2009
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Time to Unseal Birth Records--New York Report

By Lorraine Dusky Bloger for Birth Mother, First Mother Forum

Velmanette Montgomery, chairwoman of the Children and Families Committee. The Assembly sponsor, Assemblyman David Koon Rochester, continues the fight in that house. Birth parents who had no rights and no options presented to them signed ...

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November 4, 2009
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Urban Divers Enviromedia Mobile Debuts!

By FIB Senator Velmanette Montgomery, one of the few politicians to come out publicly to be for the EPA cleaning the Gowanus Canal (ie: she is PRO Superfund!) was there. While there, F.I.B heard from reliable political sources that Mayor ...

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October 22, 2009
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JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM

Innovative Community-based Juvenile Justice Strategies That Work

What• Transforming a System’s Response to Juvenile Arrest Wansley Walters, Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department

• Developing Effective Models of Community SupervisionTerri Odom, Superior Court of D.C., Court Social Services Division

• The New York City Experience:  Expanding Prosecutorial Use of Community-Based Alternatives while Maintaining Public Safety Larry Busching, New York City Law Department, Family Court Division

When • Thursday, October 29, 2009, 1 – 4 p.m.

October 29, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Montgomery's October Red Hook Mailer

Please click on the PDF link below to view the Octobers Red Hook Mailer......

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October's Red Hook Mailer

October 9, 2009
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Senator Montgomery Calls On Governor To Maintain Funding For School-Based Health Centers

October 1, 2009

The Honorable David A. PatersonGovernor of New York StateExecutive Chamber, State CapitolAlbany, New York 12224

Dear Governor Paterson:

Thank you for your extraordinary support of School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs).   We are writing to ask you to exempt SBHCs from any further State Budget cuts this year and in the 2010-11 State Budget. As you know, School-Based Health Centers had their base funding reduced by over $1.5 million in the last budget cycle. We understand that further cuts are necessary due to the current State deficit.  But during these difficult financial times, underserved children and their families need more services, not less.

October 6, 2009
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Support Senator Montgomery's "Incarcerated Parents" Bill

Legislation that Expands the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) -- S.3438/A.5462

What Does This Bill Do?

~ It amends New York’s child welfare law to reflect the special circumstances of criminal justice involvedfamilies.

~ It grants foster care agencies discretion to delay filing termination of parental rights papers when a parent’s incarceration or participation in a residential drug treatment program is a significant factor in why the child has been in foster care for 15 of the last 22 months.

September 30, 2009
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Montgomery's Report To The Community

Click the PDF link below to view the full Report....

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REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY

September 18, 2009
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