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Senator Montgomery Announces Legislative Public Hearings on the Governor's Budget

 Please click the link below for the schedule of Legislative Public Hearings on the 2014-15 Executive Budget Proposa.

January 14, 2014

Kindergarten Admissions Start January 13, 2014

If you live in New York City and your child is turning five years old in 2014, your child is eligible to begin kindergarten in September. Starting Monday, January 13, 2014, the application will be available online at You can also apply over the phone by calling 718-935-2400, or in person at the District 2 Enrollment Office, located at 333 Seventh Avenue (12th Floor), between 28th and 29th Street.

January 9, 2014

Streamlining State Grant Processes - Information for Current and Potential Grantees

Grants Gateway:  Beginning January 1, 2014, State agency funding opportunities will be posted on the Grants Gateway for online application. In the time leading up to this exciting transition, it is essential that you register with the Grants Gateway and create an account that will provide you full access to the system. For guidance on Registration and Online Application processes visit the Videos tab and the Grantee User Guide in Quick Links. In the future, as you browse or search for opportunities on the Gateway, pay special attention to the funding announcement. Opportunities specifying “Download” will be applied for using familiar existing processes.

January 6, 2014

Schools Invited to Apply for Funding for Mental Health Programs

The Children's Insititute announced the Application for Funds for School Year 2014-2015 to fund new Primary Mental Health Project programs in schools.

The Primary Mental Health Project is a nationally recognized, evidenced-based program that helps children in kindergarten through third grade focus on learning, adjust to school, and gain self-confidence.

Letters of Intent are due February 7, 2014.

Please review to the attached document for applciation details and other information. 

December 20, 2013

Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.


December 6, 2013

Sixth Annual Latino College Fair to be Held on November 23 in the Bronx

 New York students and families looking to find more information on the college process are encouraged to attend the state’s Sixth Annual Latino College Fair and Workshop to be held Saturday, November 23 at the Bronx Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University.

November 20, 2013

$4.8 Million Awarded for Projects to Develop Advanced Technologies for More Energy Efficient Buildings

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced $4.8 million in awards for projects that explore new technologies to make buildings in New York State more energy efficient while helping to expand the building sector economy.

Today’s announcement is the second of six rounds of funding under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Advanced Buildings Program, which will provide a total of $25 million over the next three years. NYSERDA is partnering with manufacturers, research scientists, building owners and property managers interested in developing and applying new and emerging energy-efficient technologies that offer improved energy and environmental performance.

November 20, 2013

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Opens November 18

Households across the state can begin applying for heating assistance this winter through New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) on Monday, November 18. HEAP, which is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), is a federally-funded program that provides up to $650 for eligible households to pay for energy costs in order to keep their homes warm during the winter.

November 14, 2013

Consumer Alert: Governor Cuomo Warns New Yorkers About Deceptive STAR Program Solicitations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today advised taxpayers to beware of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply for free.

New homeowners have received letters offering to enroll them in the STAR Program for a substantial fee equivalent to the full amount of the taxpayers’ first year savings – which averages $700 statewide and can be as high as $3,000 for senior citizens in the Lower Hudson Valley and on Long Island. An example of these letters can be viewed here.

November 7, 2013

Governor Announces Receives $2.4 Million Federal Grant to Lower Cost of Installing Solar

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has won a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II award to support NYSolar Smart, a project to streamline the solar installation process in the state and lower the cost of solar using innovative financing mechanisms and information technology (IT) solutions, which was developed by the City University of New York (CUNY) under the Governor’s NY-Sun initiative.

November 7, 2013

New Law Requires Hospitals to Offer Hepatitis C Testing

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a new law that will better protect baby boomer New Yorkers from Hepatitis C by requiring hospitals and health service providers to offer testing for the virus to all patients born between 1945 and 1965.

Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) is a co-sponsor of the law.

"Hepatitis C is a debilitating and potentially fatal disease that disproportionately affects the baby boomer generation in New York and nationwide," Governor Cuomo said. "This new law will help fight Hepatitis C and keep New Yorkers safe by providing testing to those most likely to have this virus whenever they visit a medical facility."

October 23, 2013

Senator Montgomery calls for Reform of Mayoral Control of NYC Schools

Has Mayoral Control of New York City schools been a good thing?Should it be ended? Can it be fixed?


October 9, 2013

Over $451 Million Available to Improve Clean Water Infrastructure Projects Across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the approval of $451.6 million in grants and low-cost loans to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure from New York City to Western New York. These projects will protect public health and the environment with cleaner water supplies while also create economic development opportunities.

The $451.6 million -- $7.9 million in grants and $443.7 million in low-cost financing -- was approved today by the Board of Directors of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC). EFC is the arm of state government that provides low-cost financing to help local governments fund new drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in a more cost effective manner.

September 16, 2013

Medicaid Redesign Team Initiative to Provide Supportive Housing to 5,000 High-Need Individuals

The New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Supportive Housing initiative will undertake significant investments to create new affordable housing units and provide needed support to nearly 5,000 high-need individuals, following significant Medicaid savings totaling more than $4 billion achieved over the last year under the MRT initiative. Additionally, over the next five years, the State is on track to save a combined $34.3 billion.

September 16, 2013

AG Schneiderman Announces Election Day Hotline to Help Ensure Access for Voters Across New York State During 2013 Election Cycle

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an Election Day hotline to help ensure that minority-language voters, people with disabilities and all eligible voters are able to cast an effective ballot during the September 10th primary election. The Attorney General urges voters to call the Office’s Hotline at 800-771-7755 or email at any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to report issues or problems at the polls.

September 9, 2013

Portable Cribs Available for Families in Need

New York State is offering portable cribs, also known as playards or playpens, for families in need. In keeping with the continued efforts to promote safe sleep practices for infants, the Office of Children and Families Services (OCFS) will purchase 2,142 GRACO Pack ‘n Play portable playards that will be made available to counties and community-based programs, benefitting families without the resources to obtain safe sleep furniture for children in their care.

September 9, 2013

Adelaide L. Sanford Institute Fall 2013 Parent Sessions Announced - Sessions are FREE to Registered Participants

The Parent Common Core Awareness Sessions will provide parents and care givers the opportunity to learn about the changes in curriculum content (English Language Arts & Mathematics), classroom instruction and learning opportunities for students in kindergarten – grade 12.

During these sessions participants will learn about:

1. complete analysis of the most recent 2013 test results in English Language Arts and Math;

2. resources for parents on what their children should be learning in English Language Arts and Mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented;

3. activities that parents can implement at home to support their children’s learning;

September 9, 2013

New Public-Private Partnership to Prepare More Than 6,000 Students for High-Skill Jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced 16 winners of a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare. Students will earn an associate degree at no cost to their families and will be first in line for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.

August 30, 2013