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Governor Cuomo & Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Legislation to Protect People with Special Needs

The Governor and legislative leaders reached agreement on legislation that will establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting people with special needs and disabilities.

The legislation creates a new Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, an initiative that will transform how the state protects over one million New Yorkers in State operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 18, 2012
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"African American Experience in New York" Exhibit Opens at Medgar Evers College to Celebrate Juneteenth

The traveling African American Experience in New York exhibit opened this week at Medgar Evers College. The exhibit, which had been on display in the War Room of the State Capitol since February, highlights the themes and people who were honored during Black History Month 2012.

June 15, 2012
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Steel Standing On Display

Anthony Whitaker presents to Senator Montgomery his celebrated photograph, Steel Standing, which captures the World Trade Center after the devastating 911 attacks.  

June 15, 2012
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Taiwan Ambassador Andrew J.C. Kao Honored by NYS Senate

AMBASSADOR SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an Ambassador program. It is a unique program especially designed for students who will be representing their state as well as the United States, acting as ambassadors to Taiwan. Upon returning to the United States, students will be expected to act as ambassadors of good will for both the United States and Taiwan whenever the opportunity presents itself.

May 23, 2012
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JOB MASHARIKI Named to the NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

Job Mashariki, former President/CEO and Founder of Black Veterans for Social Justice was named today to the NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. State Senator Velmanette Montgomery nominated Mr. Mashariki for this special designation. He served his country honorably as a Specialist Four in the United States Army.

May 22, 2012
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Job Mashariki

Job Mashariki is a Founder and former President/CEO of Black Veterans For Social Justice, Inc. (BVSJ). He guided the organization through 30 years of service to veterans and their families, as well as the community at large.

Born in Bedford Stuyvesant in 1943, Job earned his Associate Degree from NY Technical College, his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and his Masters from the City University of New York. He is also a graduate of the Columbia University School of Business Executives Program.

May 18, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Announces New York State to End Finger Imaging Requirement for Food Stamp Recipients

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will end the finger imaging requirement for all food stamp applicants and recipients, helping simplify the application process and removing a barrier to reducing hunger among the state’s children and adults.

May 17, 2012
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Young Members of the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) Share Their Views with Senator Montgomery

Young members of the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) shared their views with Senator Montgomery on access to quality  education, summer jobs, and other issues facing  inner city youth.

May 16, 2012
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NYSDOT Releases Competitive Solicitation for up to $11.5 Million Under the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 Program

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has released a competitive solicitation for project applications for up to $11.5 million under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2012.  The Section 5310 Program (49 U.S.C. 5310) provides federal funding assistance to meet the specialized transportation needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.

May 16, 2012
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Bernell K. Grier

Bernell K. Grier is the CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Inc. (NHSNYC). Ms. Grier joined NHSNYC in 2004 as its chief operating officer. Prior to this position, Ms. Grier enjoyed a 30-year career in banking beginning at Chase and spanning through Bank of America and its predecessor banks, NatWest USA and Fleet Bank. Parallel to her career in the banking industry, Ms. Grier has over 25 years of experience serving New York communities in leadership positions with a variety of not-for-profit organizations.

May 15, 2012
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More Than 18,000 Teens to be Employed by Summer Jobs Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the NY Youth Works Summer Employment Program will enable more than 18,000 teens to be employed across the state this summer.

The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will distribute $25 million among all 57 counties and New York City to help bring underserved youth into the labor market, acquire skills and expand their aspirations and career goals. The City will receive $13, 532,390.

May 10, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Announces $10.3 Million Federal Grant to Help Unemployed New Yorkers Accelerate Their Job Searches

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has received $10.3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of its Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) initiative. The grant will help the state provide individualized job search and training services to individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits in order to get unemployed New Yorkers back to work as quickly as possible. New York’s grant was the largest among the 42 that were awarded nationwide, as recognition of the success of the state's One-Stop Career Centers.

May 10, 2012
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Osborne Association Members Lobby Lawmakers, Ask for Support of Montgomery Bills

Representatives of the Osborne Association came to Albany to ask lawmakers to support Senator Montgomery's legislation that was introduced to addresses concerns raised by three young people whose parents are in prison. The bills are:

S 6044-A: Directs the commissioner of corrections and community supervision to establish and maintain a public website that provides information concerning specific visitation rules, regulations, policies and procedures for all correctional facilities.

May 4, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Applauds the Awarding of $330,301 for Public Library Construction in the 18th Senate District

Senator Montgomery applauded the designation of $330,301 in public library construction grant funds for four public libraries in her 18th Senate District.

May 4, 2012
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Bill Impacting Early Childhood Education Passes Senate

Dear Advocates for Children & Families:

A bill I am sponsoring, S.5650-C, passed the Senate on May 2, 2012. This legislation would direct the Commissioner of the New York State Education Department to issue a report on early childhood education in daycare settings.

Extensive research has proven that children with access to high-quality early education have a major advantage over those who do not. Currently, early childhood education in New York State is provided in a number of settings, from day care centers to nursery schools to private homes to public schools. The guidelines and regulations governing these activities vary by setting and are overseen by either the Office of Children and Family Services or the New York State Education Department.

May 3, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Greets Hip-Hop Culture Pioneer

Senator Montgomery welcomes  Video Music Box creator Ralph McDaniels to the State Capitol.

May 2, 2012
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