June 21, 2006 (Albany, NY): New Yorkers who spent time in prison will no longer be automatically denied a license to barber or practice cosmetology if legislation, approved this week by the State Senate, is signed into law (S.5934-A/A.6179-A).
This change to New York’s licensing guidelines is made possible under legislation sponsored by Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-Bronx).
State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) paid tribute to legendary jazz composer, pianist and bandleader Dave Brubeck. During a recent Senate Session, Mr. Brubeck was honored for his stellar career and noted achievements, and in celebration of his 85th Birthday. Writing more than 100 musical compositions, Dave Brubeck has established himself as an ambassador of jazz, contributing to the entertainment and cultural enrichment of American Society. Mr.
Brooklyn lawmakers proudly gave their approval to the recent election of Karen Brooks Hopkins to the 16-member New York State Board of Regents. Ms. Hopkins is the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she has worked since 1979.
In her role as BAM President, Ms. Hopkins oversees the Academy’s 300 full- and part-time employees and facilities, including the 2100-seat Howard Gilman Opera House and 874-seat BAM Harvey Theater, the four-theater BAM Rose Cinemas and the BAMcafé.
There is a lot of talk about all that’s bad with Governor Pataki’s 2006-07 Executive Budget proposal, namely funding cuts that will prove devastating to colleges and college students, hospitals and health care consumers, and community-based providers of human services.
Albany, New York (March 2, 2006): At a recent meeting organized by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), criminal justice advocates from throughout the state were invited to engage in a dialogue with StateAttorney General Eliot Spitzer, chief prosecutor for New York, regarding proposals to help ensure that individuals released from prison are provided with adequate services and opportunities to support their successful transition back into community living.
Albany, New York (February 17, 2006): Hundreds of students, teachers and health care professionals from Brooklyn and statewide marched on the State Capitol this week to make their case for more state funding for school-based health centers (SBHCs). Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Montgomery), champion of their cause, pledged her support for a long overdue increase of $15 million for the centers and called on other state lawmakers to do the same.
Albany, NY (February 13, 2006): A greater number of men and women incarcerated in New York State prisons will be able to qualify for a reduction in their sentence by accumulating merit time under legislation proposed by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn).
Brooklyn, New York (November 7, 2005): New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) was among the supporters of more than 40 women veterans hailing from New York City who were treated to "A Day of Pampering" at the Manhattan-based Turning Heads Beauty Salon and Spa.
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.