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BAM President Elected To NYS Board Of Regents

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.

March 27, 2006
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Helping New York Gain The Competitive Edge In Math, Science And Engineering Fields By NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery ~ Member, Senate Committee On Education

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.

March 17, 2006
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Senator Montgomery, Attorney General Spitzer and Criminal Justice Advocates Meet to Discuss Support Services and Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated People

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 State Attorney 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.

March 2, 2006
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Senator Montgomery Calls for a $15 Million Hike In State Funding for School-based Health Centers In Brooklyn and Statewide

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.

February 17, 2006
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Montgomery Proposal Enables More Prisoners to Accrue Merit Time

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).

February 13, 2006
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Lifetime Sex Offender Registration:

Lifetime Sex Offender Registration: Not All Sex Is A CrimebyNYS Senator Velmanette MontgomeryMember, Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction

February 6, 2006
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Atlantic Yards Environmental Impact Statement Response Letter

To view Senator Montgomery's letter to Chairman Gargano regarding the Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project please CLICK HERE.

File: 
Montgomery-Gargano-Letter-Reports-on-Section.pdf

November 16, 2005
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Senator Montgomery Honors Military Women Who Hail From NYC

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.

November 7, 2005
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Senator Montgomery's Legislation To Provide Services for Men And Women Transitioning From Prison To Community Life

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)

November 1, 2005
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Senator Montgomery To Respond To Questions & Concerns About NYCHA's New Trespass Policy

Ingersoll Houses:Date: Wednesday, October 19thTime: 6:30 p.m.Place: Public School 67, St. Edward's Street

 

Meeting Details for Tompkins Houses:

Date: Monday, October 24Time: 7:00 p.m.Place: Tenant Association Office, 77 Tompkins Avenue

For more information, please call Senator Montgomery's office at (718) 643-6140.

September 27, 2005
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Senator Montgomery Co-sponsors Bill Calling Attention To Impact of African Slave Trade on America's History

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.

June 25, 2005
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Senator Montgomery Urges State Thruway Authority To Put The Brakes On Proposed Toll Increase

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

April 15, 2005
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Pratt Students Of Interior Design Exhibit Work In Albany

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.

April 12, 2005
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Senator Montgomery And Community Leaders Help NYCHA Tenant Leaders Access Federal Funds For Program Development

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.

April 5, 2005
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April 5, 2005
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Senators Velmanette Montgomery And Thomas Duane Hear Testimony On The Rockefeller Drug Laws And Their Disproportionate Impact On Women & Families

          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.

March 31, 2005
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Naturally Occuring Retirement Communities (norcs)

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.

March 31, 2005
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Esdc's Memorandum Of Understanding (mou) With Ratner

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

March 31, 2005
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Senator Montgomery Honors 12 Brooklyn Women For Their Distinguished Achievements

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.

March 22, 2005
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