My thoughts and prayers are with the Governor and his family. Mario Cuomo was a voice for the voiceless and he stood up for those that could not stand up for themselves. He is the ideal that Democrats strive toward. New York and our Country as a whole are better places because of his leadership. He will be truly missed.
Senator Stewart-Cousins met with Family Services of Westchester to learn more about two programs they provide to veterans in the county with state funding assistance. The first is Vet2Vet, a peer-to-peer network that empowers veterans to handle the challenges associated with their service and returning to civilian life. They have six facilitators working with veterans, and are looking for two more. Veterans are encouraged to apply. The second is the Veterans ServiceWorks AmeriCorps program, the only one of its kind in the state serving veterans.
This day began as Armistice Day, when at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, an agreement to end World War I was signed between the Allies and Germany. It has become Veterans Day, when we pause as a nation to recognize all those who have served in our Armed Forces. I'll be joining veterans at several ceremonies today.
There is a special spot in my heart for all veterans, including my late father, who served in World War II, and my brother, who served in Vietnam. It is my hope that we honor veterans not only today, but everyday, recognizing their service and sacrifice. We owe them a debt of gratitude and more.
"As Yamim Nora'im concludes, I would like to wish all those observing Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, an easy and meaningful fast. As you reflect on the past year and recommit for the year ahead, I hope you are all inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life."
Beware of scam artists seeking personal information to "confirm" taxpayers are eligible for a tax rebate. If you receive a call seeking personal information, hang up and report the call to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection line at 1 (800) 771-7755.
Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, was recently recognized with an Adirondack Council Award for her record of protecting the Adirondack Park.
Senator Stewart-Cousins is recognized for her co-sponsorship of legislation that incorporates climate change planning into the permitting process for facilities such as sewage treatment plants and similarly considers risks like sea-level rise during the application process for state-funded environmental infrastructure projects such as those made possible by the Environmental Protection Fund.
"I’d like to wish all of my constituents who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah a good year - L'Shanah Tovah u'Metukah! As the High Holy Days approach and we bring in year 5775, may your time be spent reflecting on the past year and may the promise of the year ahead fill you with resolve. As you celebrate this holiday of hope, I sincerely wish you a sweet New Year filled with God’s blessings."
This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (WSOS) is perfect for anyone trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as those soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions. This presentation will take place on the following dates and location:
As a New Yorker, I still feel the sadness, the grief, the tragedy of September 11th. We pause to reflect and remember our loved ones who we lost that day, thirteen years ago. They were our friends, our family members, our neighbors, our co-workers, our first-responders including EMTs, firefighters, and police officers.
In the days that followed, a new resolve began. People came together, to help each other in our greatest time of need. Today, that resolve has become a National Day of Service. I applaud those who are volunteering their time this September 11th, for this Day of Service strengthens individuals, communities and our nation.
Today is Grandparents Day, and I’d like to recognize the important role these relatives play in our lives. They are often our first storytellers, teaching us about our family and more importantly, about life. And today, many grandparents are also helping to raise their grandchildren because a parent or their own child is unable to.
I voted in favor of a resolution declaring September as Kinship Care Month in New York. More than 150,000 children in our state are living with grandparents, and nationwide, that figure is 2.7 million children. We should recognize and thank these elders for sharing their love and their homes, and forging the special bond of a kin or relative.
On this Labor Day, let us not forget the roots of this national holiday originally proposed in 1882 by the Central Labor Union of New York as a day to pay tribute to the working class. These men and women over the centuries made important contributions to our great state that should be celebrated. But there is still work to do on behalf of workers. We must continue to fight for a living wage, not the minimum wage of $8 an hour, so we can raise more people out of poverty. And we must make sure the workplace is a safe one, with equal protections and pay.
“This Women’s Equality Day, as we celebrate the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, we must also recommit ourselves to ensuring the women of New York receive the rights and protections they deserve. We have made great strides in achieving equality for women here in New York but the Senate Republicans’ refusal to pass the Women’s Equality Act clearly demonstrates that we still have much more work to do.
“Today should serve as a reminder to all New Yorkers that we have not yet realized the goal of fully protecting women’s rights and health. My Senate Democratic colleagues and I will continue to fight for women's equality.”
Democratic Conference Leader Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Senator Terry Gipson on Saturday, August 2nd, for the 3rd Annual Breaking Barriers Cultural Arts Expo in Poughkeepsie. The mission of Breaking Barriers is to bridge the gap between cultures and diverse orientations in the community.
Special greetings to my Muslim constituents on Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking.) Your holiday with family and friends follows the holy month of Ramadan and includes charitable giving in recognition of your blessings. May your three day celebration be a joyous one. Eid Mubarak ! (Blessed Eid !) Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair ! (May every year find you in good health.)
Are you uninsured or underinsured? The Health Department will be offering FREE immunizations for 12 months to 18 year olds, by appointment. Navigators will be on hand to help parents and guardians sign their children up for the health insurance they need.
As New Yorkers join in the celebration of the 238th birthday of our nation today, let us not forget those who came before us. The determination to establish our independence resulted in the birth of our country. Their strength, courage and spirit remain American characteristics today.
We cannot take for granted the freedom and protections we enjoy and expect.We owe a debt of gratitude to all veterans and those who serve in the military fighting for our freedom.
Today is June 19th, and on this Juneteenth, celebrated as Black Independence Day by African-Americans, I pause to commemorate the end of slavery. In 1862, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation but it took close to three more years before all slaves were freed.
Albany, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, supports an agreement by Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on a package of reforms to combat the growing heroin epidemic facing communities throughout New York State.
“Within the last decade opioid use, particularly among young adults, has risen at an alarming and unacceptable rate,” Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “We have a responsibility to combat this addictive and deadly substance and educate the public against its use. This package of bills is a step in the right direction. These laws will be an effective tool in fighting the heroin and opioid scourge that our state is facing. "