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Supportive Housing Advocates Meet with Senator Montgomery

Supportive housing advocates from Brooklyn and Citywide request Senator Montgomery's support of $2.46 million for the NYS Supportive Housing Program; $30,000 for a 2% increase for supportive housing direct service staff; and$5 miilion for the Solutions to End Homelessness Program.  They coalition of advocates also asking for an additional $99 million for the Office of Mental Health, which includes $43 million for 17,000 units of Supported Housing, $24 million for 3,000 units of CR/SRO housing, $3 million for 2,700 units of SP/SRO Housing, and securing an expanded statewide NY/NY 4 agreement of 30,000 units in NYC with 15,000 new construction units in NYC, and 5,000 new construction for the rest of the state over a ten-year pe

February 13, 2015

Road Trip to Albany

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

February 10, 2015

$5.4 Million Available to Help Businesses Train & Hire Formerly Unemployed Individuals

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced that $5.4 million is available to help businesses grow by training and hiring formerly unemployed individuals. Overseen by the Governor’s successful Unemployment Strikeforce, the funding is available to businesses in amounts of up to $100,000 to support a variety of essential worker training programs.

February 6, 2015

Affordable Housing Crisis Community Meeting

“Affordable Housing Now!” was the cry on Thursday, January 15, at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Ft. Greene where Senator Velmanette Montgomery had called a Community Meeting with local and city officials, housing advocates, and several hundred local residents. “This year all the important rent laws and  many of the affordability stimulus programs are up for renewal,” Senator Montgomery explained. “Our people have to make their voices heard if we’re going to be sure of passing these bills, and that’s just trying to barely keep our heads above water on this issue!”

The 25th NYS Senate District Call To Action Guide to Preserving Affordable Housing 2015.pdf

January 16, 2015

A 50th Birthday Celebration to Remember

Senator Montgomery commemorates the 50th birthday of  Jacqueline Kennedy-Saddler(MHA), a former member of her Brooklyn office staff. Also on hand for the celebration are (from l-r): Deborah Moore, Almenia Henry, Imani Saddler, Melord Saddler, Racquel Saddler, Barbra Felker, Joan Eastman, and Janet Green. 

January 13, 2015

Nearly $4 Million Awarded to Combat Motor Vehicle Theft & Insurance Fraud - $210,900 for Kings County

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $3.7 million in grant funding to fight against motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud. The grant awards will go to district attorneys' offices and police departments in seven counties and New York City, the Fire Department of New York, as well as to two training organizations, all of which will work to enhance their efforts in reducing these crimes

The selected agencies will continue their efforts to combat motor vehicle theft – which has been steadily declining in New York. Law enforcement reported 15,451 thefts in 2013, a 10 percent decrease from 2012 and a 62 percent decrease since 2003. They will also target suspected motor vehicle insurance fraud.

January 8, 2015

Integrated Flood Protection System Study & Design for Red Hook Announced

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the study and design of an integrated flood protection system (IFPS) in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. The project, for which the City and State are each committing an initial $50 million, for a total of $100 million, aims to make the waterfront community more resilient and better protected from future storms. The City and State have received some initial Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding, to be drawn down from the $100 million, to complete the project’s feasibility and design.

December 18, 2014

Governor Cuomo Announces $70 Million for 68 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced approximately $70 million in awards to fund 68 bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path transportation projects in New York. The projects, funded by the Federal Highway Administration and which leverage a total investment of $103.7 million, will promote walking and biking, and boost tourism and economic development opportunities in dozens of communities across the state.

The projects include the addition of accessible sidewalks, improved pedestrian access to public transportation services, construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities and the preservation and conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use.

October 27, 2014
October 10, 2014

Free Naloxone Training Sessions To Be Offered

Twelve New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs) in communities across the State will offer training sessions on opioid overdose prevention. Participants will learn how to recognize an overdose, what to do during an overdose, how to provide rescue breathing during an overdose and how to administer Naloxone. Upon completion of the training, participants will be certified to administer naloxone and will receive a free naloxone rescue kit. The training sessions, as a part of New York State’s efforts to help those struggling with opioid and heroin addiction, are free and open to the general public and first responders.

August 8, 2014

Second Round of Public-Private Partnership to Prepare Students for High-Skill Jobs Announced: High School Students can Earn College Degrees at No Cost and be First-in-Line for Jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new round of funding available to continue the nationally recognized P-TECH model, which prepares students for highly-skilled jobs by bringing together public school districts, major employers, and institutions of higher education. Through partnerships created by this program, high school students study under an industry aligned curriculum, earn an associate degree at no cost to their families, and are first in line for jobs with participating companies upon graduation.

August 7, 2014

$10.9 Million Awarded for After-School Programs

New grants, totaling $10.9 million have been awarded to 68 Advantage After School Programs (AASPs) across New York State, providing thousands of school-age children with quality youth development opportunities for three hours at the end of each school of school-age children with quality youth development opportunities for three hours at the end of each school day.

July 21, 2014

Comprehensive Plan Announced to Accelerate the Development of Atlantic Yards Project and Ensure Timely Delivery of Public Benefits

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a comprehensive plan to accelerate the development of Atlantic Yards, including a fast tracked timeline for delivery of affordable housing. The new plan will shorten the completion timeframe to build 2,250 affordable apartments by ten years, from 2035 to 2025. Additionally, the deal will create a board, the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, to provide input on development, housing, and community impact throughout the completion of the project.

The City of New York, through its Housing Development Corporation (HDC), will provide financial support to ensure the delivery of two 100 percent affordable housing buildings, totaling at least 590 units, and construction will begin by December 2014.

June 27, 2014