Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Blog entries

April 7th is World Health Day!

April 7th is World Health day, an opportunity for all New Yorkers to improve public health through awareness and discussion. This year’s World Health Day priority health concern is vector-borne diseases, those carried by living organisms such as ticks, mosquitoes, sand flies, and others, passed to humans through blood or prolonged contact. Lyme disease, West Nile fever, and hemorrhagic fever are just a few to be on the watch for in New York State.

April 2, 2014
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April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and all New Yorkers are encouraged to participate through awareness and advocacy. Sexual violence continues to threaten New Yorkers’ physical and emotional wellbeing, and can be very difficult to move on from, and information readily available can make the difference between discouragement and empowerment, and change feelings of oppression into strength.

March 28, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Transparency in Legislative Proceedings, Athletic Staff Mandated Reporters of Abuse, and More!

Increase Transparancy in Legislative Proceedings: Senate Bill S.3046-C would mandate that all committee meetings and Senate sessions be live   webcast and archived, and that all votes of the legislative houses be posted on their respective websites within 24 hours of voting.

March 28, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Higher Safety Standards For Baby Cribs, Grants For Volunteer & Fire Ambulance Co., and More!

Higher Safety Standards For Baby Cribs Sold In New York: Recent federal rules established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission enhanced crib design standards and prohibited the use of cribs that fail to meet those standards by all public child care providers and places of public accommodation. Senate Bill S.6250A would update crib safety standards to comply with the new federal rules. This would increase child safety in facilities where children receive care and supervision while limiting the jurisdiction of local Offices of Children and Family Services to those facilities.

March 13, 2014
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Statement from Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding the Launch of Hope's Door Next Step Economic Empowerment Program

Last month, Hope's Door announced the launch of their "Next Step" program, which will help victims of domestic abuse attain financial independence by providing vocational training and assistance with interviewing skills, financial literacy, life skills and resume writing. The program will be funded by donations from the Avon Foundation, Verizon Foundation and the Sexauer Foundation. Senator Stewart-Cousins, a strong supporter of Hope's Door, commented on the launch of the program.

March 13, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Final Rest For Unclaimed Cremated Remains, Higher Limit For Fuel Cell Generators, and More!

Final Rest For Unclaimed Cremated Remains of Veterans: Too often, cremated remains of veterans lie unclaimed on shelves and in storage facilities at mortuaries, hospitals, prisons, and funeral homes for months or years instead of being properly and respectfully laid to rest. Under the current law these facilities are not permitted to release the remains to anyone who is not a family member or personal friend leading to long term storage often at high cost to the facilities. Senate Bill S.1615-B would permit these facilities to release cremated veteran remains to tax exempt veteran’s organizations that will properly inter them.

March 7, 2014
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Common Core Changes Approved by Regents

In December 2013, a Work Group of the Board of Regents P-12 Committee was charged with reviewing the feedback the Board of Regents and the State Education Department (“Department”) have received from various constituencies and presenting to the Board additional ideas to continue to improve the implementation of the CommonCore State Standards (“Common Core”) at the State and district level for the Board’s consideration. 

February 14, 2014
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Democratic Conference 2014 Blue Book

Click on the file below to access the Democratic Conference 2014 Blue Book. This will open in a new web browser.

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Democratic Conference 2014 Blue Book

February 12, 2014
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New Law Allow School Districts To Create Property Tax Exemption For Veterans

In June of 2013, Senator Stewart-Cousins proudly voted for legislation that authorizes school districts to grant property tax exemptions to veterans who live within their jurisdictions. The bill passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on December 18th.

February 12, 2014
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February 7th is National Wear Red Day

As part of American Heart Month this February, let's show support for healthy heart awareness by wearing red this Friday, February 7th. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States. It is a preventable disease, and by increasing awareness and availability of quality health care, we can continue to save lives and reduce the cost of essential public healthcare and emergency programs.

February 6, 2014
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February is Black History Month

This month is a time to remind ourselves of the many accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans and celebrate their history. Black History is American history that touches the life of every American and drives us to recommit ourselves to our shared fight for social and economic justice.

February 4, 2014
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American Red Cross Winter Storm Tips & Checklists

With another large winter storm approaching our area, the American Red Cross is prepared to respond, as needed, to storm-related emergencies.

As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross is urging residents to be prepared—not only for the snow, but for extreme cold and possible power outages. Additionally, extreme weather increases the risk of home fires. Below are some tips to help residents stay safe, as well as checklists on winter storm safety and power outage safety. 

COLD WEATHER/WINTER STORM: Temperatures are expected to drop as conditions deteriorate throughout our region. People should take the following steps:

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American Red Cross Power Outage Checklist

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American Red Cross Winter Storm Checklist (Spanish)

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American Red Cross Winter Storm Checklist (English)

January 27, 2014
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Commemorating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This Monday, January 20th 2014, is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an excellent opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a harmonious society.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a perfect example of a leader that children and adults alike can be proud to emulate on the day of his birth and all year round. The values and goals Dr. King promoted still ring true today and can be realized through recommitting ourselves to community service.

January 20, 2014
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The Importance Of Giving Back This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is a time for us to celebrate with loved ones and reflect on all that we are thankful for. As we observe this holiday, let us consider the needs of our less fortunate friends and neighbors. Donating time, money and food items to organizations that serve Thanksgiving meals to members of the public in need is an excellent way to celebrate this holiday and give a helping hand to our fellow New Yorkers.

November 26, 2013
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November 5th is Election Day!

Don't forget, November 5th is Election Day, an opportunity to make our voices heard and shape the future of our state and its policies. When more New Yorkers vote, democracy thrives and our government more truly represents the people it’s meant to serve.

New Yorks' November 5th ballot includes many ballot measures, some of which will affect New Yorkers for decades or more. Some issues addressed by the propositions include casino gambling, service credits for veterans, age limits for judges, and a proposed land exchange to allow mining in the Adirondacks. Also to be decided this election day are the mayoral, district attorney, and county executive races for many cities and counties throughout New York State.

October 31, 2013
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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November has been designated National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month to remind Americans to update our understanding of this all too common disease, and be better informed.

October 30, 2013
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Trick-or-Treating This Halloween? Don't Forget, Safety First!

Halloween is a festive time of year, especially for children, but it is also an important time to increase vigilance and be on the lookout for possible safety hazards so take the necessary steps to ensure that Halloween celebrations remain safe and fun for all participants.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided tips to help guarantee a safe holiday this Halloween. These tips include:

October 30, 2013
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Lung cancer continues to affect thousands of New Yorkers and their families every year, and represents a significant risk to public health. Thousands of lives can be saved each year through awareness, healthful lifestyles, and medical care.

October 28, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Earns High Marks in Environmental Advocate Ranking

EPL/ Environmental Advocates released their annual legislative score card and Senator Stewart-Cousins received the second highest score of any member of the Senate. Each year, the advocacy group grades legislators on their environmental voting records on a select group of bills chosen by the organization called “super bills”. Senator Stewart-Cousins consistently places near the top of the rankings each year. This year, EPL/ Environmental Advocates had far fewer bills from which to grade legislators in the State Senate because that body only voted on 11 environmental bills, compared to 26 in the Assembly.

October 18, 2013
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New York State of Health: Getting Started with the New, More Affordable Health Plan

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, New York's new marketplace for health insurance debuted on October 1st. New York State of Health (NYSOH) is an organized marketplace of health insurance policies designed to help New Yorkers find affordable health coverage. NYSOH allows visitors to compare costs, determine eligibility, evaluate insurance options, and purchase health insurance online, in person, or by mail. NYSOH also tells applicants what financial assistance is available to them when buying coverage through the marketplace.

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NYSOH Fact Sheet-Small Businesses

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NYSOH Fact Sheet-Why It's Now Easier to Pay for Health Insurance

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NYSOH Fact Sheet-Young Adults

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NYSOH Fact Sheet-Mid-Hudson 411

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NYSOH Fact Sheet-Immigrants

October 7, 2013
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