Brooklyn Youth Call For Greater Investment In Education, School-based Health, And Summer Jobs

Brooklyn, NY (March 20, 2007): More than 200 Brooklyn youth engaged in meaningful dialogue about health care, crime, after-school programs, jobs, higher education and other topics important to them and their peers at a recent Youth Conference sponsored by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn).


The forum was co-sponsored and hosted by the CAMBA Beacon IS 271 School on Herkimer Street, which is located in Montgomery’s Brooklyn Senate District.

March 20, 2007

Senator Montgomery Lauds Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye's Re-appointment To The Bench

Albany, NY (March 16, 2007): State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) joined recently with her Senate colleagues in confirming the reappointment of Honorable Judith S. Kaye as Chief Judge of the State of New York. Appointed by Governor Cuomo in 1993, Judge Kaye is the first woman to occupy the State Judiciary’s highest office ,and she is the longest serving Chief Judge in New York’s history.


March 19, 2007

Senator Montgomery Announces Youth Speak-out And Forum On Women’s Health

Albany, NY (February 27, 2007): State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) is hosting two community meetings to respond to issues raised by her constituents surrounding health care concerns of women of the Diaspora community, and topics important to youth.

Local city, state and federal elected officials are co-sponsoring the events, along with governmental agencies and non-profit community-based organizations.

The forums are free-of-charge and open to the public:

February 27, 2007

Senator Montgomery & The College Board To Co-host Higher Education Forum During 36th Annual Legislative Conference Of The New York State Association Of Black And Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc.

Albany, New York (January 30, 2007): In an effort to identify barriers to college success for African American and Latino New Yorkers and ways to improve their educational outcomes, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and The College Board will co-host an informational dialogue on this issue during the 36th Annual Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. The seminar, entitled Closing the Achievement Gap: Connecting All Students to College Success, will take place on Saturday, February

January 30, 2007

Senator Montgomery To Renew Oath Of Office

Sunday, January 14, 2007

1:00 p.m.

Concord Baptist Church833 Gardner Taylor Boulevard (formerly Marcy Avenue)(Between Putnam Avenue & Madison Street)Brooklyn, New York


NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) invites her constituents and other supporters to attend her swearing in ceremony where she will renew her oath of office as State Senator for the 18th Senate District.

The Reverend Dr. Gary V. Simpson will deliver the invocation and administer the oath of office.

January 5, 2007

Senator Montgomery & Mocada Honor The Memory, Hail The Accomplishments Of Brooklyn Icons Betty Carter & Tom Feelings

At a musical and literary tribute to two Brooklyn icons, both of whom lived in Fort Greene, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) recently hosted a celebration of the powerful creativity and lives of jazz bebop sensation Betty Carter and artistic legend Tom Feelings. This celebrated event, co-hosted by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), was held at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York. The Church is pastored by the Reverend David Dyson, LAPC.

November 14, 2006

Electronic Voting Vs. Paper Ballots: What Should It Be?

November 13, 2006 (Brooklyn, NY): State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) today held a citizens’ briefing to respond to concerns about the process for selecting new voting machines for New Yorkers to use in the 2007 elections.

November 13, 2006

Senators Montgomery, Duane Blast Pataki For Inhumane Punishment Of Mentally Ill Inmates

State Senators Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan) blasted Governor George Pataki today for vetoing a measure to end the practice of punishing seriously mentally ill prisoners by throwing them into solitary confinement for up to 23 hours every day.

"Besides being inhumane, placing a mentally ill inmate in solitary confinement makes a bad situation worse," Senator Montgomery said. "It creates prisoners who are more disruptive, more disturbed and more likely to hurt themselves or others."

August 16, 2006

Legislation Lifts Discretionary Ban On Occupational Licenses For Ex-offenders

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).

June 21, 2006

Senator Montgomery Pays Tribute To Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck

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.

May 1, 2006

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

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

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

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

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