Montgomery Honors Brooklyn Artist Lynn Nottage

by Brooklyn Eagle (, published online 04-09-2009

On the final day of National Women’s History Month 2009, March 31, state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), third from left, and her Senate colleagues honored Brooklyn playwright Lynn Nottage, fourth from left, for her outstanding contributions to the arts in New York.

March 31, 2009

Senator Montgomery Hosts Lobby Day for Brooklyn Youth Groups

Albany, NY (February 12, 2009): Brooklyn advocates for School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) and supporters of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) visited State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) to ask for her support of their programs in New York's 2009-10 State Budget.

The Senator’s young constituents who came to Albany for "Youth Lobby Day" included members of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park as well as students from P.S. 307,which operates a SBHC .

February 12, 2009

Senator Montgomery Hosts Dialogue on Funding Cuts to Youth Programs

 1-30-2009In her new role as Chairperson of the NYS Senate Committee on Children and Families, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) hosted a Roundtable Discussion for providers of youth services to discuss the Governor’s proposed 2009-10 State Budget and its impact on the delivery of programs and services for young people of all ages.

January 30, 2009

Senator Montgomery Names Local Artist Danny Simmons to the NYS Council on the Arts Nomination is Approved by the Governor and NYS Senate

Albany, NY (January 21, 2009): State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) announced the Senate’s confirmation of Brooklyn artist Danny Simmons as a member of the NYS Council on the Arts. Senator Montgomery recommended Mr. Simmons for this post.   

January 21, 2009

Senator Montgomery to Chair Senate Committee on Children and Families

Albany, NY (January 7, 2009): As the reigns of leadership passed to New York’s 32-member Senate Democratic Conference during the official start of the 2009 Legislative Session, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) proudly accepted her assignment as Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Children and Families.

Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens), who secured a Democratic Majority for the first time in 43 years, will serve as the Senate’s Majority Leader.

January 7, 2009

New Advisory

State  Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman will host  a  Community  Workshop  on  Energy  Conservation  and  Green Building Strategies  on  Thursday,  December 11, 2008 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Belarusian  Church,  located  at  401  Atlantic  Avenue (at Bond Street) in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

December 5, 2008

Senator Montgomery Supports Fundraising Event for New York Youth

Four 18th Senate District Groups to Benefit from $2 Million in Contributions

December 1, 2008
November 12, 2008

Montgomery Law Lifts Discretionary Ban on Occupational Licenses for People Released From Prison

September 10, 2008 (Albany, NY): New Yorkers will no longer be arbitrarily denied a license to barber or practice cosmetology because they spent time in prison under a new law authored by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn).

The law (Chapter 469), which is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-Bronx), prohibits licensing agencies from disqualifying someone from licensure as a barber or cosmetologist solely on the basis of a criminal conviction.

September 10, 2008

New Montgomery/Robinson Law Allows New Yorkers Living and Dead to be Recognized as Adoptive Parents

Albany, NY (July 21, 2008): Under legislation recently signed into law by Governor David Paterson, adopted children will be able to claim two parents of record, even if one parent dies before the adoption is final.


The bill (S.3158/A.1942; Chapter 160) is sponsored by Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Annette Robinson (D-Brooklyn).

July 21, 2008

Call to Action

To:                   Criminal Justice Advocates

From:               Senator Velmanette Montgomery

July 18, 2008

Hundreds of Local Children To Rally In Support of Health Coverage

Youth to Participate in CDF Freedom Schools"National Day of Social Action 

July 11, 2008

Legislature Approves Montgomery/Peoples Bill Requiring Distribution Of HIV/AIDS Prevention Information To Persons In Prison & Upon Release

Albany, NY (June 19, 2008): The State Senate gave final approval this week to legislation (S.8508/A.8849) that requires New York correctional facilities to provide people in prison with information about the prevention of HIV, and how to obtain HIV-testing and counseling services upon release.

The legislation, sponsored by Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples (D-Buffalo), now goes to Governor Paterson for approval before becoming law.

June 19, 2008

Senator Montgomery Advances Teen Health Agenda

  Calls for Senate Passage of Healthy Teens Act, More Funding for School-Based  Health Centers and Comprehensive Health & Sex Education Curriculum

June 11, 2008

Senator Montgomery Hosts "Brooklyn Elected Officials" On BCAT

On a recent edition of "Brooklyn Elected Officials," which airs on BCAT, Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) discusses the delivery of healthcare services to youth with Dr. Terry Jan Blackett-Bonnett, MD. Dr. Bonnett is the Medical Director at Berean Community and Family Life Center, located in the Weeksville/Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. 

April 30, 2008

Senator Montgomery Supports Teens’ Call For Right-sizing The Juvenile Justice System In New York

I recently had the pleasure to hear from young people from my Brooklyn Senate District and elsewhere throughout the City who came to Albany to lobby for the closure of six juvenile facilities.


April 2, 2008