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Pam Hunter

D

New York State Assembly, District 128 (2019 - Present)

Common Councilor-At-Large, City of Syracuse (2011 - Present)

Quick Facts
Personal Details

Pamela Hunter (Democratic Party) is a member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 128. She assumed office in 2015. Her current term ends on December 31, 2020.

Hunter (Democratic Party, Working Families Party, Independence Party) is running for re-election to the New York State Assembly to represent District 128. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. The Independence primary on June 23, 2020 was canceled.

Education

  • BS, Computer Science, Strayer College

Professional Experience

  • BS, Computer Science, Strayer College
  • Served, United States Army

Political Experience

  • BS, Computer Science, Strayer College
  • Served, United States Army
  • Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, District 128, 2015-present
  • Common Councilor-At-Large, City of Syracuse, 2011-present
  • Candidate, New York State Assembly, District 128, 2018

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Energy Committee

Member, Insurance Committee

Member, Social Services Committee

Chair, Subcommittee on Women Veterans

Member, Task Force on Women's Issues

Member, Transportation Committee

Member, Veterans' Affairs Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, Computer Science, Strayer College
  • Served, United States Army
  • Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, District 128, 2015-present
  • Common Councilor-At-Large, City of Syracuse, 2011-present
  • Candidate, New York State Assembly, District 128, 2018
  • Board of Directors Member, Catholic Charities, present
  • Board of Trustees Member, Home Aids of Central New York, present
  • Board of Directors Member, Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA), present
  • Former Officer/Executive Board Member, Onondaga County Democratic Committee
Elections

2020

Some 2020 election dates and procedures have changed as a result of the coronavirus. For the latest in your state, .
General election
General election for New York State Assembly District 128

The general election will occur on November 3, 2020. General election candidates will be added here following the primary.

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Pamela Hunter (D / Working Families Party / Independence Party)

Stephanie Jackson (R / Conservative Party / L)

Democratic primary election

The Democratic primary was canceled.

Republican primary election

The Republican primary was canceled.

Libertarian primary election
Libertarian primary for New York State Assembly District 128

Stephanie Jackson advanced from the Libertarian primary for New York State Assembly District 128 on June 23, 2020.

Stephanie Jackson (L)

2018

Hunter also ran in the 2018 election as a Working Families Party, Women's Equality Party, and Independence Party candidate.


General election
General election for New York State Assembly District 128

Incumbent Pamela Hunter (D) won election in the general election for New York State Assembly District 128 on November 6, 2018.

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Pamela Hunter (D)
98.9%
33,323 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
1.1%
357 Votes

Total votes: 33,680
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for New York State Assembly District 128

Incumbent Pamela Hunter advanced from the Democratic primary for New York State Assembly District 128 on September 13, 2018.

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Pamela Hunter (D)

Republican primary election

No Republican candidates ran in the primary.

2016

Elections for the New York State Assembly took place in 2016. The primary election took place on September 13, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The filing deadline for major party candidates was July 14, 2016. The filing deadline for independent candidates was August 23, 2016.

Incumbent Pamela Hunter ran unopposed in the New York State Assembly District 128 general election.

New York State Assembly, District 128 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Pamela Hunter Incumbent (unopposed)
Source: New York Board of Elections

Incumbent Pamela Hunter ran unopposed in the New York State Assembly District 128 Democratic primary.

New York State Assembly, District 128 Democratic Primary, 2016

Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Pamela Hunter Incumbent (unopposed)
Hunter also ran on the Working Families, Independence, and Women's Equality Party tickets.

2015

A special election for the position of New York State Assembly District 128 was called for November 3. A Democratic primary election took place on September 10, 2015.

The seat was vacant following Sam Roberts' (D) resignation on June 25, 2015, to become commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Pamela Hunter defeated David Stott and Jean Kessner in the Democratic primary. Stott also ran on the Conservative Party ticket. Hunter defeated Stott (C) and John W. Sharon (R,I) in the special election.

New York State Assembly, District 128, Special Election, 2015

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPamela Hunter 53.7% 10,730
Republican John W. Sharon 35.7% 7,130
Conservative David Stott 10.6% 2,111
Total Votes 19,971
Articles

Governor Cuomo Announces 39 Projects to be Funded Through Round Two of The Alliance For Economic Inclusion Anti-Poverty Initiative

Feb. 10, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 39 projects will be funded through Round 2 of the $30 million Alliance for Economic Inclusion anti-poverty initiative in Central New York. Founded in 2017, the AEI is comprised of a group of 24 community leaders from the five counties of Central New York who represent the region's diversity of government, business and academia and work to address economic opportunities and challenges identified by the community. Onondaga County administers the initiative with funding from the State, including more than $16 million to support projects in Round 2. "This administration has taken poverty head on and continues to make strategic investments across New York that are empowering our communities and creating economic opportunity," Governor Cuomo said. "These projects will help remove barriers to success experienced by many of the most vulnerable New Yorkers and enable meaningful change, while continuing to build on the positive momentum that has Central New York rising." The AEI is being funded through the successful CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative plan submitted by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, which was tasked with addressing poverty in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oswego and Onondaga Counties. Estimates based on 2018 population data show 14.5 percent, or 107,531, of Central New York residents live in poverty. The poverty rate is significantly higher in more populated centers such as the City of Syracuse. The awarded projects cover a broad range of issues and are broken into six categories: Early-Childhood Education, Transportation, Workforce Development, Post-Secondary Education, Neighborhood Revitalization and Access to Startup Funding. More than half of the projects awarded focus on workforce development, the lack of which remains a significant barrier to moving people out of poverty. The selected Round 2 projects include: Syracuse Urban Partnership (SYRUP): SYRUP works in neighborhoods marked by the highest concentrations of poverty and addresses economic disparities and inequities by providing access to business opportunities for low-income neighborhood residents, helping them start and operate successful small businesses in their community. SYRUP's goal is to build generational wealth and become daily, visible leaders in the revitalization of their neighborhood through a collaborative approach. Year One budget: $253,000/Total budget: $1,001,000. OnPoint Career Services: Offering career services in Oswego and Cayuga counties, Career Services will expand its internship offerings during the school year and over winter break, building on a successful internship program begun in 2017. Year One budget: $333,333/Total budget: $1,000,000. Cortland County Stabilization and Expansion Program for Early Learning Childcare: Program will provide Child Development Associate (CDA) training and credentials in Cortland County to stabilize and expand the early learning (birth through 5 years) care system. Year One budget: $280,659/Total budget: $629,889. Hack Upstate - Careers in Code: A coding bootcamp in the five-county region that teaches computer programming to women and minorities to help combat poverty in Central New York. Provides students with the technical skills they need to obtain internships and entry level software development jobs with local employers after 24 weeks of instruction. Year One budget: $299,384/ Total budget: $618,000. Projects were awarded to each of the five counties and were distributed as follows Cayuga, two; Cortland, three; Madison, four; Onondaga, 22; and Oswego, three. Five projects also combined multiple counties. The percentage of money distributed corresponds with the total number of people living in poverty in each county. For a complete list of the 39 chosen projects, click here. The $30 million for anti-poverty efforts through the AEI complements $20 million the state has already awarded for the New York State Syracuse Promise Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to Syracuse city school graduates. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Eric J. Gertler said, "Economic opportunity only occurs when we have a vigorous partnership that is committed to providing solutions that work for everyone. The Alliance for Economic Inclusion continues to provide those solutions, through strategic programs that create a solid path to success for all Central New Yorkers." Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Randy Wolken, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and Deborah Stanley, President of the State University of New York at Oswego said, "Ensuring that economic prosperity and equality is a reality for every person in Central New York is a priority of the Regional Economic Development Council. Through the Alliance for Economic inclusion the council and our state and local partners, we are working to ensure that these projects will benefit every person in all five counties in the region, creating opportunities for all." Senator Rachel May said, "The Alliance for Economic Inclusion is doing great work in Central New York tackling the many barriers those in poverty face. Investing in long-term opportunities to help grow businesses in our neighborhoods and communities is the best way to not only overcome those barriers but grow businesses and build generational wealth. The Syracuse Urban Partnership and other groups across the 53rd district are doing this work, and I am grateful to the state for continuing to support them." Assembly Member William A. Barclay said, "These are important investments in Central New York communities that build on efforts to lift people out of poverty and open up opportunities for prosperity. With $30 million in funding, community leaders and local officials can bolster programs to improve early childhood education, provide job training and skill development, and increase the potential for new businesses to grow. These initiatives can deliver immediate help while providing benefits that will be felt well into future." Assembly Member Gary Finch said, "These are targeted, common-sense efforts to create real opportunities for hardworking people. I'm appreciative for the state's investment. From supporting small business to promoting early childhood education, from investing in our emerging technology sector to expanding internship programs, these are the kind of solutions that prepare people for meaningful careers and provide ladders out of poverty and into the middle class." Assembly Member Pamela Hunter said, "By working with community leaders and developing programs individualized to those same communities, the Alliance for Economic Inclusion Anti-Poverty Initiative increases the likelihood that these anti-poverty measures will be effective and sustainable. While the number of programs in Onondaga County underscores the disproportionately high rate of poverty in areas such as the Southside of Syracuse, it also shows our commitment to ending generational poverty and helping our families become financially independent through new opportunities." Assembly Member William B. Magnarelli said, "The projects funded by this round of Alliance for Economic Inclusion hopefully help create change by directly addressing economic inequity. The projects funded are programs that give people the opportunity to learn and the chance to overcome the circumstances that inhibit them from leading more productive lives. " Assembly Member Al Stirpe said, "One of the great challenges we face in Central New York is generational poverty. Funding for these programs will help address this challenge and give the current generation a fighting chance to break this cycle of poverty. I am especially delighted to see that such outstanding programs, like OnPoint Career Services and SYRUP, are receiving this critically important support." Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, "Today marks another positive step forward in our effort to address poverty in our community. While we are encouraged by the recent data emerging, this latest round of the AEI will undoubtedly help us build on our progress. Thank you to Governor Cuomo and his team for their partnership in this effort. Working together, we can ensure that poverty is just a moment in time for someone and not a way of life." Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "Successfully helping people and families lift themselves out of poverty requires consistent and effective cooperation between government and community partners. The Alliance for Economic Inclusion provides both the structure and the resources to accomplish that kind of partnership. AEI has played a critical role in helping the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County make progress in reducing poverty in our community, and we thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support." The regionally focused AEI initiative was created to tackle health and safety issues, secure affordable housing for those who need it and increase career and technical educational opportunities. Priority was given to initiatives that incorporated features such as addressing systems change, offered cost-effective solutions scalable to a larger audience, collaboration, partnership and/or coalition-based solutions and to sustainable solutions that will exist after the funding period has ended. Since awarding the first round of AEI funding, which allocated $6.9 million in funding each year, over two years, many of these projects have been successfully implemented and are making a difference in communities throughout Central New York. Over the last year, Onondaga County has also held technical workshops through the region in preparation for this new round of awards, with emphasis being placed on applications that help address transportation barriers faced by many who live in our region. Applications closed on Sept.13, 2019, and the committee received 72 submissions this year. Accelerating CNY Rising Today's announcement complements "Central NY Rising," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Prohibiting Landlords from Collecting Rent Without a Valid Certificate of Occupancy

Nov. 6, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.2576/A.1646) prohibiting landlords from collecting rent or maintaining a nonpayment eviction proceeding during the period for which there is no valid certificate of occupancy. This law also prohibits tenants and owners from living in a residence that does not have a valid certificate of occupancy. The law would expand existing laws to cover cities with a population of less than 325,000 people. The law goes into effect immediately. "All New Yorkers deserve a safe decent and affordable place to call home," Governor Cuomo said. "This new law helps ensure equal protections for New Yorkers in every corner of this great state and will hold accountable those who seek to profit off substandard housing once and for all." Senator Jamaal T. Bailey said, "Affordable housing continues to be a growing issue in our state. We consistently see landlords overcharging tenants who are living in deplorable and unsafe conditions, and in certain cases, illegal dwellings. My bill would prohibit landlords from collecting any rent without a certificate of occupancy. This will ensure that tenants are living in adequate and safe housing. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie for ensuring that this bill was passed, and Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter for her leadership in sponsoring this bill in the Assembly." Assemblymember Pamela J. Hunter said, "Renters should never have to accept substandard and dangerous living conditions. By prohibiting the collection of rent when there is no certificate of occupancy, we are incentivizing building safety. With the addition of this provision to the Multiple Residence Law, this common sense approach will now apply to cities statewide." This legislation builds on the sweeping tenant protections signed by Governor Cuomo on June 14, 2019. A key component of the Governor's Justice Agenda, this package of reforms known as the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019, enacting the most aggressive tenant protections in state history, safeguarding affordable housing for millions of New Yorkers. Certificates of occupancy are required before building owners allow tenants to take occupancy pursuant to both the Multiple Residence Law and the Multiple Dwelling Law. The Multiple Residence Law applies to cities having a population of 325,000 or less. In New York City, the Multiple Dwelling Law currently prohibits owners from collecting rent or maintaining nonpayment eviction proceedings during the period where a dwelling unit is occupied in violation of the certificate of occupancy requirements. This law would provide more consistency between the two laws in preventing violations of certificates of occupancy requirements and helping ensure that dwellings are suitable for habitability.

Governor Cuomo Announces Projects Funded Through Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Launching in Syracuse

Oct. 3, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 10 organizations that will receive more than $1.7 million through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative to undertake community-based projects in the City of Syracuse. These projects are a direct result of the Governor's $25 million initiative to help 16 communities develop locally-driven strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity for all New Yorkers. "This initiative helps communities develop a pathway to guide low-income New Yorkers toward economic independence," Governor Cuomo said. "With this funding, Syracuse will join other regions in developing models that are effective at addressing poverty in some of the hardest hit areas of the state. I commend these efforts and look forward to seeing the programs deliver results." "We are focused on lifting New Yorkers out of poverty and improving quality of life in every community across the state," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "With funding from the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, the United Way of Central New York will be able to invest in proven strategies to tackle poverty with job training programs, services for at-risk youth, and assistance with transportation and literacy. Syracuse residents will have a brighter future thanks to this strategic investment." Shortly after the Governor announced the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in 2016, Albany, Binghamton, the Bronx, Buffalo, Elmira, Hempstead, Jamestown, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, Oneonta, Oswego, Troy, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown joined Rochester by developing task forces to oversee local efforts and administer state funding. These task forces worked to identify high-need areas and develop recommendations for investments and other initiatives to reduce the number of individuals living in poverty. Now, the task forces are implementing the poverty reduction plans developed in the first phase to utilize the funding. The United Way of Central New York Inc. is administering the funding in Syracuse on behalf of Greater Syracuse HOPE, due to its capacity to collaborate with a wide variety of entities on common goals and themes. The city-based nonprofit is contracting with community-based organizations to help low-income residents address education, employment, housing and health concerns that were previously identified by the taskforce. These organizations include: -Coordinated Care Services, $325,000 - To fund a dropout prevention and peer mentorship program employing 11 family advocates that will provide support services to 150 at-risk middle school students and their families.-Street Addiction Institute, $205,000 - To create an after-school component for the 150 identified students participating in Coordinated Care Services' peer mentorship program that will address the challenges they face from neighborhood trauma. The organization will provide services that promote school attendance, academic performance, and parent supports through intensive non-traditional academic and behavioral interventions.-PEACE Inc., $75,000 - To incorporate 100 middle school students in a public awareness campaign that will help them improve job readiness skills, increase civic engagement and bolster financial literacy. The project also aims to help participants gain a greater sense of connection to the community.-Home HeadQuarters, Inc., $355,000 - To provide financial counseling to help low-income individuals create viable options for additional streams of revenue and build up existing assets. As part of the project, the company will subcontract with a local credit union to provide a financial counselor and Step-Up loans to assist individuals who participate in workforce training.-Syracuse Northeast Community Center, $100,000 - To help people who are ineligible to participate or have dropped out of traditional job training programs re-enter the workforce through volunteer opportunities with nonprofits that are within walking distance. Also, to provide financial counseling with a focus on budgeting and credit repair. Syracuse Northeast Community Center will partner with Northeast Hawley Development Association, Inc., and the ARISE Child & Family Service.-Good Life Youth Foundation, $100,000 - To teach financial literacy and healthy money management so families can build assets and achieve financial stability. Each enrolled family will receive a small line of credit at the beginning of the seven-month pilot that will be released to them once they complete the financial literacy module to either save or cover critical life expenses.-SUNY Educational Opportunity Center, $150,000 - To support adding two new community engagement specialists to provide individuals with a broad array of services, including aptitude and skill assessments, career planning, and job placement assistance.-Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, $183,000 - To establish Community Connectors, people of influence within their respective neighborhoods who can guide other residents to resources that can help them navigate their way out of poverty. Community Connectors will engage their neighborhoods through one-on-one networking and public outreach to provide a more in-depth understanding of social assets, needs and opportunities.-Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, $139,000 - To purchase two vans to be used for a ride service for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and others who require employment-related transportation services including rides to work, grocery stores, pharmacies to pick up medication, and to scheduled primary health care appointments.-The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, $84,000 - To staff a full-time attorney to assist program participants with a variety of legal assistance, including creating small businesses, and removing barriers to employment caused by criminal records. The attorney will create drop-in legal clinics and recruit other volunteer lawyers or law students to assist in counseling clients. New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Mike Hein said, "These projects represent a collective locally generated vision to assist low-income residents and address the root causes of poverty. Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, this initiative is helping communities rethink the way they approach the issues commonly associated with poverty and develop models that are ultimately more effective." New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "Governor Cuomo recognizes that for communities to thrive, we must deliver resources to help less fortunate residents. The ESPRI gives a helping hand to those suffering at the hands of poverty, which in turn strengthens community bonds, gives residents a sense of pride, and fosters growth both in and beyond each locality. These are great programs that will help deliver an equal economic playing field so that we can all prosper." Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "While the recent data from the 2018 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey shows the poverty rate in Syracuse has declined from 32.4% to 30.5%, we still have a great deal of work to do. The new funding from the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative will help organizations throughout our city do the work to combat poverty, keeping Syracuse on an upward trajectory." Senator Robert E. Antonacci II said, "The focus to fund these initiatives will have a tremendous impact throughout the Syracuse area in reducing poverty. These community organizations play a vital role in assisting those who have a desire to create a better life for themselves and their families. These programs seek to develop skills and create economic opportunities for those who need additional assistance." Assembly Member Pamela J. Hunter said, "Poverty in my assembly district is some of the most severe in the country. With this initiative in place, I am hopeful that we will begin to turn a corner in Syracuse that will allow more families to live financially stable and independent lives. Throughout my time as a representative, I have worked with many of the organizations that will be coordinating on this initiative and I am confident that with their partnerships we will get amazing results for our communities." Assembly Member William Magnarelli said, "Central New York is committed to strengthening its community and reducing the issues that lead to widespread poverty. The Governor's Empire State Poverty Reduction funding will help the local non-profits successful at taking on these challenges enhance their services and reach a larger segment of the population in need." Senator Rachel May said, "Syracuse is ranked as one of the nation's poorest cities. It is also home to many people who love this community and are fighting to change it for the better, by combating poverty, growing jobs, and building community. We are starting to see encouraging changes, and we must continue to support that momentum. There are many groups working directly on the ground with their neighbors, without whom the city's surge would not happen. It is wonderful that Governor Cuomo has allocated more than $1.7 million to these organizations and I look forward to our continued partnership in combating poverty in Syracuse and across the 53rd Senate District." State Interagency Coordinator of Non-profit Organizations Fran Barrett said, "ESPRI continues Governor Cuomo's successful efforts to tackle the root causes of poverty and income inequality. Through ESPRI, Governor Cuomo has empowered low-income New Yorkers to design strategies for removing the barriers they face to achieving economic and social mobility. This is an exciting moment as the citizens of Syracuse are working together for tangible results. The unique system-changing projects launched today are a great example of the work being done across the state in all 16 ESPRI localities. We applaud the work of Syracuse's local leadership and look forward to seeing the impact this effort will have on the lives of Syracuse families." Greater Syracuse HOPE Executive Director Ocesa B. Keaton said, "We are excited about the opportunities afforded to us by OTDA and the Governor's Office. ESPRI funding has given us an opportunity to ground our agencies and government partners in collaborative and innovative strategies to address concentrated poverty. The strategies funded are a reflection of the needs expressed by Syracuse residents who are currently experiencing or have experienced poverty. Our partnerships are applying financial planning, social entrepreneurship, and trauma response wrap-around services to create pathways of opportunities for residents who are most in need." Syracuse Common Council President and Syracuse HOPE Co-chairwoman Helen Hudson said, "I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for this wonderful opportunity to address the most critical needs in our community and for understanding that we cannot curtail poverty without a comprehensive plan. The ESPRI funding gives us the resources we need collaborate with agencies throughout the Syracuse area to give people living in poverty an opportunity to help their families and improve their lives." United Way of Central New York President Nancy Kern Eaton said, "The projects that are being implemented thanks to Governor Cuomo's Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative are innovative new ways of addressing issues that were identified by people in our community as causes of factors in poverty. Working with children and their families, addressing trauma, support in workforce development and placement, transportation to work, helping people on the road to financial stability, and resolving legal issues all offer people the chance to move beyond economic instability and onto a pathway toward success. People in Syracuse have come together to offer real solutions and we are proud to partner in these efforts." The Governor's Nonprofit Coordination Unit, along with the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, and the New York State Grants and Reform Team conducted listening sessions across the state in 2017 to discuss updates with the Governor's program, answer questions, and connect local government with non-profit providers and business groups. The remaining communities are in various stages of developing and enacting their local recommendations and are expected to announce their individual poverty reduction plans in the coming months.