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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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Senator Montgomery Speaks on Resolution Honoring the Achievements of Girl Scouts

In a formal presentation on the Senate Floor, Senator Montgomery gave accolades to her constituent, Lesego Pearl Nkosi, upon receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award. This award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn.

May 1, 2012
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YOUTH SUMMIT with Hon. H. Carl McCall -- May 3, 2012!

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."

May 3, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Senate Passes Bill Giving Nurse Practitioners Greater Say in Health Care Decisions

The State Senate this week gave unanimous approval to legislation (S.4525-C) that would allow nurse practitioners to admit a patient to an inpatient mental health unit.

April 27, 2012
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Senate Democratic Conference Holds Public Forum on Hydrofracking

(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.

April 25, 2012
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Partners in Preservation -- Help Invest in New York City's Historic Sites

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.

April 20, 2012
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Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 18

Dear Participant,

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:

Julio Capellan

Grade: 4

April 20, 2012
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Public Health Experts, Human Rights Advocates Join Senator Montgomery in Calling for Law Barring Use of Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution

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.

April 19, 2012
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Governor Announces Accelerated Road & Bridge Projects In NYC As Part of NY Works Program

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.

April 4, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Celebrates Grand Opening of John David Human Services Center

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.

April 2, 2012
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Sen. Montgomery on Families and Incarceration March 24, 2012

On March 24, 2012 Senator Montgomery spoke as a panel member on the importance of families in the rehabilitation process as part of the Remove the Bars weekend event at Columbia University.

March 29, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

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.

March 29, 2012
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New Sales Tax Exemption Starts April 1, 2012

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.

March 29, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Presents Pen Certificate to NYC's Nurse Practitioners

Senator Montgomery presents nurse practioners from NYC with a pen certificate commemorating the enactment of the 2011 Montgomery law that authorizes nurse practitioners to sign death certificates.

March 28, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Speaks Out Against Privatizing Public Education

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."

March 14, 2012
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