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New York Must Protect Its Troubled Youth


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senator Montgomery Hosts Lobby Day for Brooklyn Youth Groups

Albany, NY (February 12, 2009): Brooklyn advocates for School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) and supporters of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) visited State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) to ask for her support of their programs in New York's 2009-10 State Budget.

The Senator’s young constituents who came to Albany for "Youth Lobby Day" included members of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park as well as students from P.S. 307,which operates a SBHC .

February 12, 2009

Senator Montgomery Names Local Artist Danny Simmons to the NYS Council on the Arts Nomination is Approved by the Governor and NYS Senate

Albany, NY (January 21, 2009): State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) announced the Senate’s confirmation of Brooklyn artist Danny Simmons as a member of the NYS Council on the Arts. Senator Montgomery recommended Mr. Simmons for this post.   

January 21, 2009

Senator Montgomery to Chair Senate Committee on Children and Families

Albany, NY (January 7, 2009): As the reigns of leadership passed to New York’s 32-member Senate Democratic Conference during the official start of the 2009 Legislative Session, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) proudly accepted her assignment as Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Children and Families.

Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens), who secured a Democratic Majority for the first time in 43 years, will serve as the Senate’s Majority Leader.

January 7, 2009

18th Senate District Seniors Get Briefed On Governor's Proposed 2008-09 State Budget


At a meeting convened by Senator Velmanette Montgomery for senior citizen center directors from her Senate District, information was exchanged about the Governor's Executive Budget proposal and its impact on senior services in Brooklyn and statewide.

February 29, 2008