Senator Velmanette Montgomery is convening a Youth Summit with special guest, the Hon. H. Carl McCall, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, State University of New York (SUNY) on May 3, 2012 at Pfizer Auditorium, 5 MetroTech Center, in downtown Brooklyn.
"Many high school students in my District think that higher education isn't for them, or is unaffordable," said Senator Montgomery. "Our children and the guidance counselors in our schools need to know the depth and variety offered to them , and the economic resources that are available through our wonderful SUNY system."
(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Conference today held a public forum on hydraulic fracturing also known as “hydrofracking.” The forum was attended by members of the Democratic Conference, as well as environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State. Attendees at today’s forum discussed the issues and concerns about potential consequences and impacts of hydrofracking.
American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have announced that New York City will be this year's location for Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative to raise awareness of the importance of historic places. The program will infuse $3 million in grants to preserve the city's historic buildings, icons, and landmarks. As New York City's first-ever citywide grassroots preservation effort, the call-to-action program will enlist the aid of all New Yorkers, and anyone who loves New York, to vote online for the preservation projects most important to them.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 18th Senatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
Albany, NY: Public health experts, human rights activists and advocates for sex workers and the LGBT community, joined with NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) in calling for the passage of the Senator’s legislation (S.323/A.1008) that would barr the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced an additional and accelerated $489,445,820 investment for projects that will repair 84 miles of roads and one bridge in New York City and create thousands of jobs.
For the transportation component of NY Works, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reviewed its Capital Program and identified those projects, which can be accelerated by utilizing either the conventional design-bid-build project delivery mechanism or the newly-enacted design-build project delivery method.
Senator Montgomery delivered congratulatory remarks at the grand opening of the John David Human Services Center operated by New York Therapeutic Communities, Inc. The Center, located at 2071 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, NY, will provide both residential and outpatient addictions rehabilitation services.
Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:
The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.
The New York State Tax Department announced this week to consumers and businesses that beginning April 1, 2012 items of clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 will be exempt from the state's 4% sales and use tax. (Through March 31, 2012, such items up to $55 are exempt.)
The exemption, per item sold, also applies to most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, hooks, zippers, and similar items used to create or repair the type of clothing now exempt.
While the state sales tax exemption applies to items of clothing and footwear worn on the body, not all similar items qualify. For example, jewelry, watches, and like items remain taxable; the same is true for equipment such as tool belts, hard hats, and for sport, bicycle and motorcycle helmets.
During a budget debate on the Senate floor, Senator Montgomery protests the Senate Republican's one-house budget proposal that would allow for-profit businesses and corporations to establish charter schools. The Senator said that "New York's public education system is not for sale."
Representatives of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies and the Black Veterans for Social Justice, Inc. discussed with Senator Montgomery their 2012 Budget Agenda, including the impact of the Governor's proposed fiscal plan on child welfare, early childhood education, elderly welfare, HIV/AIDS, income security, workforce development and youth services.
Community Health Advocates (CHA) invites mission-driven business service organizations throughout New York State to apply for grants of $20,000 to $60,000 to provide outreach and assistance to small businesses in their communities about health insurance coverage, health reform and small business health insurance tax credits. CHA seeks to establish a small business assistance program (“SBAP”) to educate small businesses about the ACA, provide assistance to small businesses about health insurance and help inform the design and development of the State’s SHOP Exchange. Possible applicant organizations would include Chambers, Business Improvement Districts, local and economic development councils, and other groups that provide services and support to small business