Velmanette Montgomery

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Velmanette Montgomery
Member of the New York Senate from the 25th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded by Daniel Squadron
Member of the New York Senate from the 18th District
In office
January 1, 1993 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by Donald Halperin
Succeeded by Martin Dilan
Member of the New York Senate from the 22nd District
In office
January 1, 1985 – December 31, 1992
Preceded by Anna V. Jefferson
Succeeded by Martin M. Solomon
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) William Walker
Children 1
Website Official website

Velmanette Montgomery (born 1942) represents District 25 in the New York State Senate, which comprises Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, Gowanus, and Park Slope, among other neighborhoods located within the borough of Brooklyn.

Education[edit]

She holds a master's degree in education from New York University and is a Revson Fellow at Columbia University.[when?]

Career[edit]

Montgomery worked as a teacher, adjunct professor, and day care director as well as the cofounder of the Day Care Forum of New York City. She has also served as president of Community School Board 13.

Elected in 1984, Senator Montgomery is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Children and Families. She is a reproductive rights advocate, sponsoring legislation on the topic,[1] and a longtime nurse practitioner advocate.[2][3] She was an original sponsor of legislation to legalize needle exchange programs to stop the spread of AIDS, wrote the law banning female genital mutilation, and sponsored a current law that prohibits the discrimination in the granting of funeral or bereavement leave to workers in committed same-sex relationships.[4]

Corruption probe[edit]

In 2013 Montgomery was caught on tape at the home of then-Senator Shirley Huntley in a federal corruption probe along with six other government officials. The probe centered around former Senator Huntley who plead guilty to embezzling over $87,000 in taxpayer money.[5] Despite the recordings, Montgomery was never officially convicted of any wrongdoing.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]

She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from St. Joseph's College.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Velmanette Montgomery at Wikimedia Commons

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Anna V. Jefferson
New York State Senate
22nd District

1985–1992
Succeeded by
Martin M. Solomon
Preceded by
Donald Halperin
New York State Senate
18th District

1993–2012
Succeeded by
Martin Malave Dilan
Preceded by
Daniel Squadron
New York State Senate
25th District

2013–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Carl Kruger
Chairwoman of the Committee on Children and Families
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Patrick Gallivan
Preceded by
Carl Kruger
Chairwoman of the Committee on Social Services
2009
Succeeded by
Daniel Squadron