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Legislature Approves Senator Montgomery's Bill to Improve Family Visiting Program in Prison

Albany, NY: Final legislative approval was recently given to the Family Visitation Bill (S.1413/A.4606), a criminal justice measure that seeks to strengthen family ties among New Yorkers who are incarcerated and their loved ones on the “outside.”

The legislation, sponsored by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblymember Gabriela Rosa (D-Manhattan), requires the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to establish and maintain a public website and dedicated toll-free telephone line to provide up-to-date information regarding specific visitation rules and regulations for all individual correctional facilities throughout the state.

June 17, 2014
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Senator Montgomery and Assemblyman Ortiz Urge Passage of Briana's Law, CPR Legislation Could Save Lives by Re-Training Police Officers

Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Kings) and Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) held a press conference today at the Million Dollar Staircase in the State Capitol in Albany, New York with advocates and supporters of Briana’s Law (A.10142/S.7886). This legislation will require law enforcement agents, including state police, to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) re-training every two years. The bill was drafted in response to the tragic death in 2010 of Briana Ojeda, an 11 year old girl who suffered a severe asthma attack and subsequently died after the attending police officer was unable to administer CPR.

June 17, 2014
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Important Veterans Bill Passes Senate

Senator Montgomery celebrates with veterans on the passing of legislation (S.4714-A) that extends the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. 

Senator Montgomery is a co-sponsor of this legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Senate on June 11, 2014. 

 

 

June 13, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Joins in Commending Tony Danza Upon the Occasion of His Selection as 2014 Italian-American Day Honoree

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment who foster ethnic pride and strive to preserve their cultural heritage, thereby enhancing the profile of cultural diversity which strengthens the fabric of community throughout this great Empire State; and

June 13, 2014
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New Yorkers Encouraged to Take Advantage of Discounted Rate at State Campgrounds through June 26

Governor Andrew M. Cuomoannounced details of the Early Summer Camping Special for 112 state campgrounds across New York. The discount helps kick off the summer season for families looking for affordable getaways and coincides with the state’s broader outdoor tourism promotions highlighted earlier this month at the Governor’s Tourism Summit.

The special offer includes $5 per night off regular rates through June 26 for campers making reservations using the promo code EARLYCAMP14. The deal covers New York State Parks- and Department of Environmental Conservation-operated campgrounds in nearly every region (excluding Hither Hills State Park, mooring buoys, walk-ins and previous reservations).

June 2, 2014
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Governor Signs Legislation to Provide Tax Relief for Homeowners with Properties Damaged by Superstorm Sandy

Legislation, proposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and signed into law by Governor Cuomo, will provide relief to New York City residents subject to higher property taxes as a result of repairs to homes severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The legislation was unveiled by both the Mayor and the Governor in April at the 2014 NY Rising Community Reconstruction Spring Conference in Albany.

June 2, 2014
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Governor Cuomo Announces $350,000 in Awards Under the FreshConnect Farmers' Market Program; Program Increases Access to Farm Fresh Products; SNAP Recipients Get 40% More in Benefits by Shopping at Participating Farmers' Markets

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced more than $350,000 under the FreshConnect Farmers’ Market program to fund 17 farmers’ markets across the state and provide valuable incentives for SNAP participants and veterans. Currently in its fourth year, the FreshConnect Farmers’ Market program has increased capacity for farmers to directly market their products to consumers while providing New Yorkers in underserved communities with new opportunities to purchase farm fresh products.

May 16, 2014
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Esmeralda Simmons

Esmeralda Simmons, a resident of Brooklyn, and an activist / leader has been involved in the community empowerment movement and in progressive political causes for more than 38 years. As an attorney, Ms. Simmons specializes in racial justice issues, such as quality public education for students of color and voting and cultural rights. She chooses to work locally with community organizations using advocacy, community education, coalition–building and organizing methods, as well as civil rights and human rights legal tools. A deeply spiritual woman who is grounded in African culture, Ms. Simmons finds constant inspiration in the vision of her ancestors, her belief in peace and her respect for life and cultural diversity.

May 14, 2014
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Earth Day 2014 Poster Contest: District 25

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 25th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:NameGradeSchool

April 17, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Recognizes Beverly Johnson for her Leadership in Science, Technology & Engineering Education

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Beverly Johnson upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York 

March 25, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Salutes Adelaide L. Sanford for Her Committment to Excellence in Education and Her Invaluable Contributions to New York Children

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Adelaide L. Sanford upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to those women of achievement within the Empire State who have made strong contributions to their communities and who inspire others through their model citizenship; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its longstanding traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Adelaide L. Sanford upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York; and

March 20, 2014
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New Advances in MTA Real-Time Digital Communications

MTA Bus Time Now Covers All Buses in New York City; Four in Ten Railroad Riders Have Downloaded Free Apps for Metro-North and LIRR

March 19, 2014
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Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter Celebrated During Women's History Month

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter, United States Navy, Retired, upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to those women of achievement within the Empire State who have made strong contributions to their communities and who inspire others through their model citizenship; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its longstanding traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter, United States Navy, Retired, upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York; and

March 19, 2014
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Dr. Esmeralda Simmons Honored as Woman of Distinction

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Dr. Esmeralda Simmons upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to those women of achievement within the Empire State who have made strong contributions to their communities and who inspire others through their model citizenship; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its longstanding traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Dr. Esmeralda Simmons upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York; and

March 19, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Recognizes Dorothy Stoneman's Life-Long Commitment to Youth

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Dorothy Stoneman upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to those women of achievement within the Empire State who have made strong contributions to their communities and who inspire othersthrough their model citizenship; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its longstanding traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Dorothy Stoneman upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York; and

March 13, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Discusses American Heart Association's Budget Priorities with Constituent Rachel Sica

Rachel Sica, who lives in Senator Montgomery's district, is a volunteer with the American Heart Association. She visited the Senator in Albany to discuss the Association's budget recommendations for fiscal year 2014-2015, including an increase in dedicated funding for: 

Tobacco Control Program
Healthy Heart Program (hypertension)
Obesity/Diabetes funding
Cardiac Services

 

March 13, 2014
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