Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Blog entries

Important Bills Passed This Week: Stimulating Energy Conservation, Expanding Green Geothermal Energy Use, The CARE Act

Stimulating Energy Conservation: Energy Star appliances are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide significant energy conservation as compared to other models in their product categories. Many energy providers and agencies already offer discounts or rebates on services for purchasing or using Energy Star equipment to encourage consumers and businesses to reduce their energy usage and carbon footprints. Senate Bill S1804 exempts Energy Star appliances from state sales and compensating use taxes and offer local governments the option to offer additional exemptions. By making upgrades more affordable it would encourage replacement of less efficient models with Energy Star certified products.

April 27, 2015
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Health Coverage Special Enrollment Deadline is April 30th

The federal government has allowed a special enrollment period for New Yorkers that paid a tax penalty last year for not having health insurance and still lack coverage this year, or have had a qualifying life event such as marriage, becoming a citizen or loss of job.

April 13, 2015
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A Newsletter Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins - February/March 2015

Click the link below to view the February/March 2015 issue of Senator Stewart-Cousins' E-Newsletter. This will open a PDF document in a new window. To download the PDF viewer, click here.

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A Newsletter Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins - February/March 2015

March 25, 2015
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WSOS Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (WSOS) WSOS Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking 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 people soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork.

The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include:

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Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors.pdf

March 19, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Brian Lehrer Show with guest host Juan Manuel Benítez this morning at 10:00 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Brian Lehrer Show with guest host Juan Manuel Benítez

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Today, March 18, 2015, at 10:00 AM.

 

March 18, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:30 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 11:30 AM.

March 11, 2015
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2015-16 Economic and Revenue Forecast

Click on the file below to access the 2015-16 Economic and Revenue Forecast. This will open in a new web browser.

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February 26, 2015
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A Newsletter Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins - January/February 2015

Click the link below to view the February/March 2015 issue of Senator Stewart-Cousins' E-Newsletter. This will open a PDF document in a new window. To download the PDF viewer, click here.

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A Newsletter Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins - January/February 2015

February 25, 2015
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2015-16 Blue Book

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February 6, 2015
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Statement from Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Governor Cuomo's Ethics Reforms Initiatives

"The Senate Democrats have been advocates for cleaning up Albany and restoring the public’s trust in our state government. I am pleased that Governor Cuomo is taking the ethics reforms initiatives we have championed for and will now ensure that the Senate Republicans finally have to address these common sense measures."

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February 2, 2015
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2015 Winter Storm Tips

Our area is currently under a Blizzard Warning, with weather forecasters including the National Weather Service predicting an historic storm beginning at 1 pm today and continuing into Tuesday morning. We could see snow accumulate between 18 and 24 inches, with higher amounts possible. The snow may fall at rates of 2 to 4 inches an hour late tonight into Tuesday morning. 

Please keep yourself and your family safe and protected during this blizzard. Governor Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for all New York counties south of Sullivan, which includes Westchester, and has said the New York State Thruway and other state-controlled highways may close at 10 p.m. Mass transit will be impacted. Metro-North and the LIRR will shut down at 11:00 PM Monday night.

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ASC Storm Winter Tips.pdf

January 26, 2015
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Passing of Governor Mario Cuomo

"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."

January 2, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arb

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:30 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

November 20, 2014
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Assistance for Veterans in Westchester Funded by State Grants

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. 

Here's important information for you: 

November 19, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Statement on Veterans Day

On this Veterans Day, we remember them. 

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.

November 12, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Statement on Yom Kippur

"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."

October 2, 2014
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Warning About Taxpayer Scams Connected to Rebate Checks

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.

October 1, 2014
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State Supplement Program State Takeover of Administration on October 1, 2014

If you are receiving SSI payments, as of October 1st, you will notice a change. You will be receiving two separate payments although your total monthly benefit amount will not change. 

September 30, 2014
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Accepts Award for Protecting the Adirondack Park

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.

September 29, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Statement on Rosh Hashanah

"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."

September 24, 2014
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