Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Blog entries

This Memorial Day Weekend

"Memorial Day is an opportunity for all of us to pause and reflect on the loss of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in the Armed Forces. We honor them for their courage and commitment to protect us. We grieve with New York families who have lost a loved one in the military.

New York was the first state to recognize the holiday in 1873. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, a name taken from the act of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers. Its history dates back to 1865 and Charleston, South Carolina, where former black slaves dug up a mass grave of Union soldiers in a Confederate prison camp in order to give them a proper burial and to honor them for fighting so that they became freedmen.

May 25, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Awarding High School Diplomas To All Veterans, Protecting State Parks, and More!

Awarding High School Diplomas To All Veterans: Under current law, Operation Recognition permits issuance of high school diplomas to WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans only. Senate Bill S.3408 will expand eligibility to include all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

May 20, 2015
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National Armed Forces Day

"Today is National Armed Forces Day, an opportunity to stand together in thanking and celebrating the brave men and women committed to protecting American values and defending our freedom. I urge all New Yorkers to recognize the dedication and selflessness our service members demonstrate each and every day.

First celebrated in 1950, National Armed Forces Day celebrates those who serve in all of the U.S. military branches, and showcases their skills, accomplishments, and readiness. President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the first Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950. 

It is my honor to recognize and thank the men and women of our armed forces and I hope all New Yorkers will join me in celebrating National Armed Forces Day." 

May 16, 2015
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A State Budget Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 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 State Budget Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2015.pdf

May 15, 2015
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A Newsletter Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins - April/May 2015

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A Newsletter Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins - April/May 2015

May 13, 2015
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Happy Mother's Day!

"Happy Mother's Day to the most precious women in all our lives. Whether you are a biological mother or provide that nurturing role in a child's life, we appreciate you for the wisdom you impart, the challenges you endure and the unconditional love you bring. Thank you for the positive and lifelong impact you have on the lives of your children, family and community."

May 10, 2015
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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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Happy Easter!

"Spring is a time of new beginnings, and so is Easter as Christian families gather in fellowship and celebration. Good Friday is a solemn day of sacrifice, and Easter a joyful day of new life and vitality. May you have a blessed and happy Easter filled with joy and peace."

April 3, 2015
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Happy Passover!

?As we approach, Passover I would like to wish all who will be observing this holiday a Chag Pesach Sameach. Passover celebrates the exodus of millions of people from slavery to freedom teaching us to better appreciate the things we may take for granted and to recommit ourselves to aiding those that are less fortunate. Wishing you joy and many blessings at Pesach and throughout the year!"

April 3, 2015
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A Newsletter Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins - February/March 2015

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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

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

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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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