One of the biggest challenges people face when entering and leaving prison is the lack of constructive programming and services available to them BOTH behind bars and in the community. What do these men and women really need to help them FIND AND continue on a successful path? Senator Montgomery is taking action to find out. Here is a description of legislation she has introduced to help men and women make a successful transition from prison to community life.
New York State Justice Reinvestment Program & Fund (S.1063)
Albany, New York (June 24, 2005): "America’s history is incomplete without the telling of the torturous African slave trade, the vestiges of slavery and racism, and the triumphs of African-Americans," said State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) in applauding the passage of legislation she co-sponsored that provides for greater public education of Black History in America.
Albany, New York (April 15, 2005): "The combination of rising gasoline prices, new state-imposed fees on drivers, high insurance rates, and recent MTA toll hikes are already crippling City residents and other New Yorkers who visit and do business in the Big Apple," said Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) in her message to policy makers at a recent public hearing of the New York State Thruway Authority in Loudonville, New York."The proposed toll increase along our State’s main 641-mile transportation artery will cause an even greater hardship for drivers of both passen
Albany, New York (April 11, 2005): Miniature replicas of interior spaces that are both practical and futuristic, with some designed especially for children, were displayed by Pratt Institute students of Interior Design during the recent New York Eleven exhibition attended by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) in Albany. Pratt Institute, which is located in Montgomery’s Senate District, is part of the New York Eleven, a collaboration of eleven prestigious educational institutions in the State offering four-year programs in interior design.
Brooklyn, New York: There is $3.6 million in federal money available through the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for programs at NYCHA public housing developments in Brooklyn, and State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Fort Greene) is helping her constituents access this money for a variety of tenant activities.
Albany, New York (March 31, 2005): New York State Senators Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Thomas K. Duane (D/WFP-Manhattan) this week held a public forum on the Rockefeller Drug Laws and the disproportionate impact these laws have had on women. Testimony was presented by various legal experts, advocates for drug law reform and women who where incarcerated under these laws. Senators Montgomery and Duane co-chair the NYS Senate Minority Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform.
NORC: “AGING IN PLACE” WITH NEIGHBORSby NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery
The growing trend of senior citizens desiring to “age-in-place” in supportive living environments has paved the way for an innovative living concept: NORCs or Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities. These intergenerational “communities” can be apartment buildings, housing complexes, or neighborhoods not originally intended for retirement or senior housing.
MEMO FROM SENATOR VELMANETTE MONTGOMERY AND COUNCILWOMAN LETITIA JAMESRe: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between New York State, New York City and Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC)
The Non-Binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) states that the Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC) staff intends to seek the approval of the ESDC Board of Directors to have ESDC engage in the following activities:EMINENT DOMAIN by State Takeover—The State, through ESDC, will:• adopt a general project plan, conduct public hearings and take s
Brooklyn, New York (March 21, 2005): New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) celebrated the achievements of twelve Brooklyn women at her Fifth Annual Magnificent Dozen reception, Brooklyn Women Change America. The special tribute was held in recognition of National Women’s History Month at the Brooklyn YWCA on Friday, March 18, 2005.
SENATOR MONTGOMERY ENDORSES UNITY PLAN AS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE PROPOSAL FOR DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN AT FEBRUARY 24TH “DEMOCRACY & DEVELOPMENT” COMMUNITY FORUMBlasts Bloomberg’s $100 Million in Subsidies to Build A Brooklyn Arena While City Schools Get Cut $1.3 Billion in Construction Costs
Mayor Bloomberg proposes to spend $100 million of City dollars to help Forest City Ratner build an arena in downtown Brooklyn. At the same time the Mayor is planning to cut $1.3 BILLION in school construction dollars.
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2005Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Place: Meeting Room 5, Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York
A major topic of discussion during this year’s Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus Weekend will be the diminished voting strength of persons and communities of color due to New York’s felony disenfranchisement law and redistricting practices that have disturbing parallels to the "Three-Fifths" clause of the U.S.
Albany, New York (February 9, 2005): The staff of Family Dynamics, along with children and parents who support the group’s after-school programs, brought their request for greater state support for after-school programs to Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Darryl Towns (D-Brooklyn) during a recent visit to the Capitol in Albany, NY.
Albany, New York (January 18, 2005): The NYS Senate and Assembly gave approval to legislative resolutions introduced by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) that celebrate the life and accomplishments of "Unbought and Unbossed"Shirley Chisholm and commemorate the Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute for Children in Brooklyn, New York. The Institute, which is located in Montgomery’s Senate District, was founded by the late Shirley Chisholm in 1969.