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Senator Montgomery Announce Comprehensive Budget Reform Proposals

For Release: April 7, 2010

NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) joined today with members of her Senate Democratic Conference to announce comprehensive budget reform measures that will end Albany’s pattern of quick fixes and ensure New Yorkers receive a fiscally responsible budget. 

The legislative package provides for long-term financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountably for State-financed programs and services. 

April 7, 2010
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Senate And Assembly Unveil Sweeping Ethics And Election Law Reform Legislation

Measure includes stricter campaign finance rules and greater penalties for violations, increased disclosure of outside income for legislators, enhancements to the lobby law, strengthened legislative and executive oversight

January 15, 2010
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NYS Conference of Black Senators offer their support and prayers to the families and friends affected by this terrible natural disaster in Haiti

Members of the NYS Conference of Black Senators sent messages of prayers and support today, to families and friends that have been affected by the tragic earthquake that took place south of Port-Au Prince, Haiti yesterday. “The Haitian community is a very vibrant and important part of our districts and we will do everything possible to aid them during this painful time”, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson of the 36th District (Westchester and Bronx), Chairwoman of the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS).

January 14, 2010
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Parents, Union, Child Care Providers and Advocates Call for State to Take Action to Make Child Care Program Fair

ALBANY – A report released by Empire Justice Center today, Mending the Patchwork, documents a persistent lack of fairness in the way child care assistance is administered in New York State.

January 13, 2010
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December 14, 2009
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Time to Unseal Birth Records--New York Report

By Lorraine Dusky Bloger for Birth Mother, First Mother Forum

Velmanette Montgomery, chairwoman of the Children and Families Committee. The Assembly sponsor, Assemblyman David Koon Rochester, continues the fight in that house. Birth parents who had no rights and no options presented to them signed ...

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November 4, 2009
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Urban Divers Enviromedia Mobile Debuts!

By FIB Senator Velmanette Montgomery, one of the few politicians to come out publicly to be for the EPA cleaning the Gowanus Canal (ie: she is PRO Superfund!) was there. While there, F.I.B heard from reliable political sources that Mayor ...

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October 22, 2009
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Support Senator Montgomery's "Incarcerated Parents" Bill

Legislation that Expands the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) -- S.3438/A.5462

What Does This Bill Do?

~ It amends New York’s child welfare law to reflect the special circumstances of criminal justice involvedfamilies.

~ It grants foster care agencies discretion to delay filing termination of parental rights papers when a parent’s incarceration or participation in a residential drug treatment program is a significant factor in why the child has been in foster care for 15 of the last 22 months.

September 30, 2009
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Long Island News - Navy Yard Receives $15M from NYS Senate for New Green Development & Job Creation

(Brooklyn, NY) – State Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, Senators Velmanette Montgomery and Daniel Squadron, today announced that $15 million, over three years, in capital funds has been secured for the redevelopment of ...

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September 15, 2009
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Statement by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery On The Federal Investigation of Four New York Juvenile Detention Facilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the wake of a federal investigation into the administration and oversight of four secure juvenile detention facilities in New York, I am angered as well as saddened by the inhumane treatment of troubled youth, many of whom are living with mental illnesses.

August 27, 2009
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New York Must Protect Its Troubled Youth

SENATORS DUANE, MONTGOMERY, HASSELL-THOMPSON AND HUNTLEY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS  TO ENSURE NEW YORK COMPLIES WITH THE FEDERAL MANDATE TO FIX YOUTH DETENTION FACILITIES

Albany – Senate Health Committee Chair Thomas K. Duane (D-WFP Manhattan),  Children and Family Services Committee Chair Velmanette Montgomery ( D- Brooklyn), Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee Chair Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D- Mount Vernon) and Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee Chair Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) called for  public hearings to ensure that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) fully implements changes to youth detention facilities mandated by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).  The call for action is the result of a damning DOJ report, made public yesterday, which outlines systemic physical and mental abuses at OCFS youth detention and residential facilities.

August 24, 2009
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90 Days After Bill Passes Unanimously In The Senate, Governor's Inaction Raises Questions and Concerns

Bill would end shackling of prisoners in laborNewsday - Long Island,NY,USAVelmanette Montgomery, "prohibits the use of restraints of any kind from being used during the transport of such female prisoner to a hospital for the ...

 

Organizations, Advocates, Formerly Incarcerated Women Urge Governor To End Delay And Sign Anti-shackling Bill To Protect Health And Safety Of Women And Children

On Tuesday, August 18 at 11:00am, the Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, and Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) will hold a protest and press conference in front of Governor Paterson’s office (630 3rd Ave between 40 and 41 Streets) to call on the Governor to sign the Anti-Shackling Bill (S.1290-A/A.3373-A), which forbids the use of restraints on incarcerated women during labor and post-delivery recovery, and restricts the use of restraints during transport to and from the hospital. 

August 18, 2009
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Senate Announces Agreement on NYC School Governance

New York, NY (July 24, 2009):  The New York State Senate Majority Conference has reached an agreement with  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on New York City school governance.  The Senate is expected to vote on and pass  S.5887 with a chapter amendment designed to increase parental input, promote enhanced arts education, address  concerns relating to school safety procedures and strengthen the oversight role of the community  superintendents.

July 27, 2009
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Senate Coup Plotters' Hidden Agenda

Tabloids call it a circus, but the lobbyists' goal is to squelch reformsBy Tom Robbins:  The Village Voice

The tabloid version of the Great Senate Stalemate of 2009 goes something like this: Those bozos in the State Senate—who can't be trusted even on a good day to get their lunch orders straight—brought the people's business to a screeching halt over a petty internal dispute about who got to wield the gavel at meetings.

July 2, 2009
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First Public Assistance Grant Increase In 19 Years Now In Effect

The first increase to the basic public assistance grant in nearly two decades took effect on July 1, 2009, providing more aid to individuals and families struggling in poverty during this unprecedented economic downturn. The public assistance grant will be raised again in each of the next two years, resulting in a cumulative 33 percent increase by July 2011.

July 1, 2009
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Senate Democrats End Gridlock, Pass Critical Legislation That Will Benefit Millions Of New Yorkers

Albany, NY(June 30, 2009): Today, a three-week long stalemate which had stalled all legislation in the Senate came to an end as the Senate Majority obtained the 32 votes necessary to achieve quorum and began to pass critical legislation. After obtaining a quorum through the presence of 32 members in the Chamber, and with Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins as the Presiding Officer, the Senate unanimously passed major and non-controversial legislation. If these bills were not passed, New York faced the potential loss of billions in revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs.

June 29, 2009
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High Stakes, But No Game

The current deadlock in the New York State Senate has been characterized as a circus, a joke, a crashed clown car: but it's a tragic, high stakes power game that's gambling with the future of the State of New York. The historic first session of the New York Senate under a Democratic majority in over 40 years was distinguished by a renewed dedication to the benefit of all the people of New York, this generation and their children. The session has not been about political ambition: it has been about repairing the damage done to the state by 70 years of Republican Senate leadership.

June 25, 2009
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Statement On Atlantic Yards Agreement Alterations

The MTA Board is proposing to alter its agreement with Forest City Ratner Companies regarding the air rights and construction of a new rail yard for the Vanderbilt Rail Yards in Brooklyn. I urge this Committee and the MTA board to reject these changes. To approve these changes would be to continue the entirely questionable series of decision regarding this railyard and cast further doubt on the MTA’s ability and commitment to provide proper stewardship of this vital public authority. I urge you to reject these changes, cancel all contracts with FCRC, and issue a new RFP.

June 22, 2009
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Statement From Senator Montgomery on Bi-Partisan Governing of the NYS Senate

As a full-time State Senator who is dedicated to serving my Brooklyn constituents, I am working to forge a bi-partisan agreement that will enable the Senate to resume our business, legislative business – to continue doing the people’s work – as a unifi ed bi-partisan body.

My Democratic colleagues and I are fi rmly committed to bi-partisan governing. We desire to fulfi ll our oath of offi ce, in service to the people whom we have pledged to represent.

June 18, 2009
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Senator Montgomery Celebrates Achievements of Quintessential Brooklyn Artist LYNN NOTTAGE

Nottage Receives Accolades from NYS Senate

Albany, NY (March 31, 2009): On the final day of National Women’s History Month 2009, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and her Senate colleagues honored Brooklyn playwright, Lynn Nottage, for her outstanding contributions to the arts in New York.

March 30, 2009
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