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Governor Announces $285,000 in Funding for Third Year of FreshConnect Farmers' Market Program

Funds to Support Farmers’ Market, Youth Market, and Food Box Projects to Bring More New York State Farm Products to Underserved Communities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $285,000 in available funding for the third year of the Governor’s “FreshConnect” program, which brings fresh food from New York farms to underserved communities throughout the state. The FreshConnect program assists New York farmers by increasing the sale of locally-grown food products while improving nutrition and promoting economic development around the state through projects like youth markets, delivery of products to low-income housing facilities, and new initiatives at traditional farmers’ markets.

March 8, 2013

Senator Montgomery Welcomes Future Farmers of America (FFA) to Albany

Students from Wyoming County talk with Senator Montgomery about how FFA has helped them develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

March 8, 2013

Senator Montgomery Publishes Guide to New FEMA Flood Maps and Insurance Program Changes


Senator Velmanette Montgomery today released a new brochure that informs constituents in flood zone areas such as Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Gowanus about new flood maps being prepared by FEMA, their implications for future insurance coverage, and what it might mean to property owners rebuilding from super storm SANDY.


March 7, 2013

School-Based Health Consumers of Luthern Medical Center Bring their Funding Request to Albany

Students, faculty, and healthcare providers of P.S. 282 discuss with Senator Montgomery their need for more state funding for school-based health centers.

March 1, 2013

Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013

Governor Cuomo and IBM Announce Public-Private Partnership to Prepare NYS Students for High-Skills Jobs of the Future

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and IBM today announced a public-private partnership that will prepare thousands of New York students for high-skills jobs of the future in technology, manufacturing, healthcare and finance. In addition, IBM and other companies that participate in the partnership will put the program’s graduates first in line for jobs with these companies. This partnership was announced as a part of the Governor’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget.

The partnership builds upon the success of IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in New York City.

February 27, 2013

Legislation Proposed to Protect New Yorkers from Gas Shortages in Natural Disasters

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed new legislation to protect New Yorkers from gas shortages during natural disasters. This legislation would create the strongest back-up power law in the nation for critical gas stations, preventing long lines and station closures in the event of power outages.

The proposal builds on the initial recommendations from the NYS Ready Commission that Governor Cuomo empaneled late last year, and it was developed with input from local government officials and private-sector service station owners. It will be submitted to the Legislature in the 30-day budget amendments.

Under the Governor’s proposal:

February 22, 2013

Senator Montgomery Memorializes Life of NYS Court of Appeals Judge Theodore T. Jones, Jr.

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to those singular individuals who devoted their purposeful lives to preserving the rights and protecting the welfare of the citizens of their community and the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to mourn the death of New York State Court of Appeals Judge Theodore T. Jones, Jr.; and

WHEREAS, Judge Theodore Jones, Jr., one of seven jurists on New York's top court, died on Monday, November 5, 2012, at the age of 68; and

January 24, 2013

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013

"Open Budget" Transparency Portal Launched to Improve Access to State Budget Information

A new website,, was launced this week to provide unprecedented access and transparency to New York's budget and its process. Open Budget is a first step in Open New York, an initiative outlined in the Governor's 2013 State of the State address, which will use technology to promote transparency, improve government performance, and enhance citizen engagement.

January 23, 2013

Governor Cuomo Signs Groundbreaking Legislation That Will Give New York State the Toughest Protections Against Gun Violence in the Nation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed into law the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) that will give New York State the toughest gun laws in the nation. The legislation includes provisions to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and potentially dangerous mental health patients, and ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons.

January 16, 2013

Montgomery Applauds Powerful Senate Leadership, Past and Present

At the start of the 2013 Senate Session, Senator Montgomery congratulates Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the new Senate Democratic Leader, while also recognizing past Senate Democratic leader Manfred Ohrenstein (far right) and Peter Kiernan, who worked as Counsel to the Senate Democratic Conference from 1978-1981. Mr. Kiernan, who also served as Counsel to the Governor from 2008-2010, is currently Counsel with ShiffHardin, LLC, as well as the Chair of the NYS Law Revision Commission.


January 15, 2013

Funds Available for Mental Health Programs in Schools

Children’s Institute, Inc. invites school districts, public or private elementary schools, charter schools, other public agencies, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations to submit letters of intent for funding the implementation of Primary Project in New York State beginning the 2013-2014 school year. Fiscal support is contingent on funds received from New York State.

January 14, 2013

Governor Cuomo Declares State Public Health Emergency in Response to Severe Flu Season; Executive Order Issued to Permit Pharmacists to Administer Flu Vaccinations to Patients Between Six Months and 18 Years of Age

Governor  Cuomo has declared a Public Health Emergency for all of New York State in response to this year’s increasingly severe flu season. The Governor issued an Executive Order which allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to patients between six months and 18 years of age. This Order suspends for the next 30 days the section of State Education Law that limits the authority of pharmacists to administer immunizing agents only to individuals 18 years of age or older.

January 12, 2013

Governor Cuomo Announces Bold Agenda for 2013

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his 2013 State of the State Address, outlining a comprehensive agenda that builds on the progress of the past two years to attract good jobs and economic growth, create a world-class education system that prepares the next generation for the future, maintain fiscal integrity and discipline, and continue to restore New York as the progressive capital of the nation.

January 9, 2013

Stipend College Preparation & Green Job Training Available to NYCHA Residents

Green City Force, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) partner, is now recruiting NYCHA residents to participate in their stipend college preparation and green job training program - the Clean Energy Corps!

Local Information Session Dates & Location:

Fridays - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jan. 11 & 18

Information Session Location:

NYCHA Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability

January 8, 2013