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

Senator Montgomery's October Red Hook Mailer

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October's Red Hook Mailer

October 9, 2009

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

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

Montgomery's Report To The Community

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September 18, 2009

Rosenthal/Squadron Bill Ensures Social Services Recipients Receive Critical Sexual Assault Information

New York, NY –Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF, Manhattan) and State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that yesterday Governor Paterson signed into law a bill (A3378/S4077) requiring local social service districts to inform all people applying for public assistance of their option to receive information on resources for victims of sexual abuse and assault.

September 17, 2009

Long Island News - Navy Yard Receives $15M from NYS Senate for New Green Development & Job Creation

(Brooklyn, NY) – State Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, Senators Velmanette Montgomery and Daniel Squadron, today announced that $15 million, over three years, in capital funds has been secured for the redevelopment of ...

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September 16, 2009

Statement by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery On The Federal Investigation of Four New York Juvenile Detention Facilities







In the wake of a federal investigation into the administration and oversight of four secure juvenile detention facilities in New York, I am angered as well as saddened by the inhumane treatment of troubled youth, many of whom are living with mental illnesses.

August 28, 2009

Senator Velmanette Montgomery Letter To Commissioner John B. Mattingly re: Day Cares

August 26, 2009

Commissioner John B. MattinglyAdministration for Children Services150 William Street 18th FloorNew York, NY 10038

Dear Commissioner Mattingly:

There were a number of concerns raised at our public hearing over the proposed closure of over 120 ACS day care classrooms, and the transfer of over 3,500 four and five year old children from subsidized child care to kindergarten. Thanks to federal stimulus funding, and the intervention of the City Council, those closures were averted.

August 26, 2009

New York Must Protect Its Troubled Youth


Albany – Senate Health Committee Chair Thomas K. Duane (D-WFP Manhattan),  Children and Family Services Committee Chair Velmanette Montgomery ( D- Brooklyn), Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee Chair Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D- Mount Vernon) and Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee Chair Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) called for  public hearings to ensure that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) fully implements changes to youth detention facilities mandated by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).  The call for action is the result of a damning DOJ report, made public yesterday, which outlines systemic physical and mental abuses at OCFS youth detention and residential facilities.

August 25, 2009

90 Days After Bill Passes Unanimously In The Senate, Governor's Inaction Raises Questions and Concerns

Bill would end shackling of prisoners in laborNewsday - Long Island,NY,USAVelmanette Montgomery, "prohibits the use of restraints of any kind from being used during the transport of such female prisoner to a hospital for the ...


Organizations, Advocates, Formerly Incarcerated Women Urge Governor To End Delay And Sign Anti-shackling Bill To Protect Health And Safety Of Women And Children

On Tuesday, August 18 at 11:00am, the Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, and Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) will hold a protest and press conference in front of Governor Paterson’s office (630 3rd Ave between 40 and 41 Streets) to call on the Governor to sign the Anti-Shackling Bill (S.1290-A/A.3373-A), which forbids the use of restraints on incarcerated women during labor and post-delivery recovery, and restricts the use of restraints during transport to and from the hospital. 

August 18, 2009

Senate Announces Agreement on NYC School Governance

New York, NY (July 24, 2009):  The New York State Senate Majority Conference has reached an agreement with  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on New York City school governance.  The Senate is expected to vote on and pass  S.5887 with a chapter amendment designed to increase parental input, promote enhanced arts education, address  concerns relating to school safety procedures and strengthen the oversight role of the community  superintendents.

July 27, 2009

Getting On With The People’s Business

July 1, 2009

Dear 18th Senate District Voter:

The current crisis over the operation of the New York State Senate has been characterized as an embarrassment, a calamity, a circus, a joke, and worse. Citizens statewide have expressed their outrage over the current stalemate that has turned the legislative process upside down and made a mockery of New York State government.

Getting On With The People’s Business Mailer

July 14, 2009

Senate Coup Plotters' Hidden Agenda

Tabloids call it a circus, but the lobbyists' goal is to squelch reformsBy Tom Robbins:  The Village Voice

The tabloid version of the Great Senate Stalemate of 2009 goes something like this: Those bozos in the State Senate—who can't be trusted even on a good day to get their lunch orders straight—brought the people's business to a screeching halt over a petty internal dispute about who got to wield the gavel at meetings.

July 3, 2009

First Public Assistance Grant Increase In 19 Years Now In Effect

The first increase to the basic public assistance grant in nearly two decades took effect on July 1, 2009, providing more aid to individuals and families struggling in poverty during this unprecedented economic downturn. The public assistance grant will be raised again in each of the next two years, resulting in a cumulative 33 percent increase by July 2011.

July 2, 2009

Senate Democrats End Gridlock, Pass Critical Legislation That Will Benefit Millions Of New Yorkers

Albany, NY(June 30, 2009): Today, a three-week long stalemate which had stalled all legislation in the Senate came to an end as the Senate Majority obtained the 32 votes necessary to achieve quorum and began to pass critical legislation. After obtaining a quorum through the presence of 32 members in the Chamber, and with Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins as the Presiding Officer, the Senate unanimously passed major and non-controversial legislation. If these bills were not passed, New York faced the potential loss of billions in revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs.

June 30, 2009

High Stakes, But No Game

The current deadlock in the New York State Senate has been characterized as a circus, a joke, a crashed clown car: but it's a tragic, high stakes power game that's gambling with the future of the State of New York. The historic first session of the New York Senate under a Democratic majority in over 40 years was distinguished by a renewed dedication to the benefit of all the people of New York, this generation and their children. The session has not been about political ambition: it has been about repairing the damage done to the state by 70 years of Republican Senate leadership.

June 25, 2009