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Senator Stewart-Cousins Supports State Programs To Help Families Facing Foreclosures

(White Plains - August 6th) Nearly 50,000 thousand struggling families in New York State, including 6,800 right here in the Hudson Valley, are getting the help they need to stay in their homes. Through her District Office, Senator Stewart-Cousins has provided countless hours of counseling and assistance to families who live in her Senate District, some of whom fell victim to unscrupulous lenders and are or were facing foreclosure. On August 6th, as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference, the Senator joined her partner in government, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, to highlight the success of the state's efforts following the bursting of the sub-prime mortgage bubble.

August 7, 2015

Yonkers National Night Out

(Yonkers - August 4th) The Senator at National Night Out in Yonkers aimed at preventing crime and forging relationships between the police and the community.

August 5, 2015

Scarsdale Sidewalk Sale

(Scarsdale - August 1st) Senator Stewart-Cousins spent some time greeting her constituents--and some wildlife--at the Scarsdale Sidewalk Sale on August 1st. The Greenburgh Nature Center set up a booth including a snake. The Sidewalk Sale is organized annually by the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce.

August 5, 2015

30th Anniversary Celebration of GuildCare Yonkers

(Yonkers - July 30th) Senator Stewart-Cousins, joined my Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, celebrated with the Lighthouse Guild the anniversary of GuildCare, an adult day health care program serving individuals who are blind, visually-impaired or physically-challenged for 30 years.

August 1, 2015

CWA Rally For A Fair Contract

(New York City - July 25th) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined her brothers and sisters of labor, members of the Communications Workers of America union, during a rally in New York City in support of a fair contract with Verizon in the multi-state region.

July 28, 2015

Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Capitol Pressroom and Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:06 AM and again this evening on Capital Tonight airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT: Interviews on The Capitol Pressroom & on Capital Tonight

WHO: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, July 27, 2015 - The Capitol Pressroom at 11:06 AM, Capital Tonight, airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

July 27, 2015

Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

"The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is an important milestone that should be celebrated. This historic legislation advances equal access for anyone who is disabled and prohibits discrimination against them based on that disability.

"Since the law was passed, we have seen significant progress and accommodation made but the reality is, there is much more to do for truly equal access. For instance, in many cases, a wheelchair ramp to a building or apartment exists but the kitchen sink may still be at a standard height.

July 26, 2015

Greyston Foundation's Workforce Development Graduation

(Yonkers - July 24th) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the graduates of the Greyston Foundation's Workforce Development program in Yonkers. The training program for at-risk or out-of-work individuals provides important skills and support. The graduates are job-ready candidates for culinary arts, customer service, home health aide, security guard and building maintenance positions among others.

July 26, 2015

The Fight for $15: A Step in the Right Direction Following Minimum Wage Increase for Fast Food Worker

(New York City - July 22nd) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined her colleagues in government including Governor Cuomo at a rally with fast food workers on July 22nd, as they celebrated the New York State Wage Board's decision to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City to $15/hour by 2018. The Governor established the Wage Board this year, which issued its recommendations to the cheers of the crowd. "The Wage Board's recommendations are a good first step," said Senator Stewart-Cousins, "but we need to ensure the minimum wage for all New Yorkers is also raised." The Senate Democrats that she leads have been calling for a higher minimum wage ever since the half-measure increase was passed by the legislature three years ago.

July 24, 2015

Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Wage Board Recommendations

“One of the many issues left unaccomplished from this past Legislative Session is the need to raise the state’s minimum wage. For too long, over 1.1 million New Yorkers have been unable to adequately provide for themselves and their families because they do not receive fair compensation for their hard work. Today’s recommendations from the Wage Board are a good first step, but we need to ensure the wages are increased for all New Yorkers. The time is past due for New York State to raise the minimum wage and my colleagues and I in the Senate Democratic Conference will keep up the fight to help lift all New Yorkers out of poverty.”

July 22, 2015

Helpful Tips To Keep Cool In Summer Heat

Don't let the heat ruin your summer, and follow these tips provided by the NYS Department of Health to protect yourself from health risks caused by the heat, and ways you can keep cool this summer:

What should I do before a heat wave?

NYSDOH Summer Tips To Keep Cool.pdf

July 21, 2015

SNUG & Alfonzo Conrad William's Baketball Tournament

(Yonkers - July 4th) When the Senator brought the SNUG program to Yonkers in 2010, it quickly made an impact the community. While the Yonkers Police Department is on the frontline of fighting crime in our city, SNUG has been instrumental in helping reduce gun violence and shootings, and steering at-risk kids away from violence. On July 4th, the Senator attended the SNUG & Alfonzo Conrad William's Basketball Tournament at Whitney Young Park in Yonkers.

July 7, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

On this day in 1776, America first asserted her independence from Great Britain with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As it states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This document established firm ideals and guiding principles, and an independent government in our nation. 

July 4, 2015

Northeast Women in Public Finance Panel Discussion

(Manhattan - June 30th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to the Northeast Women in Public Finance group in Manhattan, along with Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, about the challenges of running for office and the resources available to help women get into politics. The moderator was Beth Smayda with ACA Financial Guaranty, the NEWPF Co-Founder. She is also a Councilwoman in White Plains and one of the Senator's constituents.

July 2, 2015

Press Release: Dobbs Ferry Able To Create Parking Permit System

Yonkers, NY - Dobbs Ferry is one step closer to creating a permit parking system in the village following passage of a bill introduced by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti.  The village requested the ability to do so in order to provide parking relief for Dobbs Ferry residents who live near the train station and have difficulty parking on the street near their homes. The legislation requires the Governor’s signature to become law, and will take effect 60 days after it is signed.

June 29, 2015

Press Release: The State Delivers For Yonkers

$25 Million To Fill Yonkers' School Budget Gap, a Half-Percent Sales Tax Increase and a 3% Hotel Occupancy Tax

June 29, 2015

Press Release: 2015 Legislative Session Closing Remarks and Statement on Yonkers Receiving $25 Million in Additional Aid for Schools

Albany, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, delivered her closing remarks on the Senate floor Thursday. While important legislation was passed, she also touched on the missed opportunities to create more affordable housing, tax relief for working families, mandate relief for local government and increasing the minimum wage to lift more people out of poverty. Click here for the full remarks.

June 26, 2015

In the News: Daily Voice Leaders: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Source: Daily Voice)

Source: Daily Voice

Stewart-Cousins was the first female in state history to lead her party. She was also part of the first state delegation, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to visit Cuba after the process of normalization between the communist nation and the U.S. began. 

"Its a humbling, humbling role to play," Stewart-Cousins told Daily Voice. "The obligation of being first in anything--especially if its a good thing--is to leave a path so you won't be the last." 

Click here to watch the video and read the full article.

June 24, 2015

Walk To Defeat ALS

(Purchase - June 14th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Congressman Eliot Engel, walk participants and Yonkers-native Pat Quinn at the start of the "Walk To Defeat ALS" in Purchase on June 14th. After the ribbon was cut, the Senator shared words of encouragement with the participants. Pat Quinn, who has ALS, helped the Ice Bucket Challenge go viral in 2014, raising $63 million and worldwide awareness regarding the incurable disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Earlier this year, the Senator sponsored a Senate Resolution recognizing Pat for his efforts. The walk is part of the ALS Association's annual fundraising efforts as they search for a cure.

June 23, 2015

Press Release: Yonkers State Delegation Release: Yonkers to Join the Other Big Five School Districts in Requiring Five Year Olds to Attend Kindergarten

Yonkers, NY - Yonkers will join the other Big Five School Districts in New York State by requiring five year olds in the city to attend kindergarten. The Yonkers State Delegation, including Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Latimer and Assembly Members Gary Pretlow and Shelley Mayer sponsored and passed legislation to increase kindergarten attendance in the city. Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester and New York City already require kindergarten attendance, and this bill, requested by the Yonkers Board of Education, allows Yonkers to do the same.

The bill awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.

June 22, 2015