Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Blog entries

Happy Father's Day!

On this Father's Day, we recognize and appreciate the formative role these men have in our lives, whether they are our biological fathers or those who have taken on this role. Fathers should be praised for the valuable knowledge and loving bond they create with a child. Whether its tough love designed to motivate you or a kind word acknowledging an achievement, our fathers play an important role in shaping who we become in life. Happy Father's Day!

June 22, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: State Workforce Injury Reduction Act, Reducing Costs For Localities, and More!

Expanding Eligibility for Admission to the NYS Veterans Home: Senate bill, S.305A, sponsored Democratic Senator Adriano Espaillat, broadens the requirements for admissions to the New York State veterans’ nursing home by including veterans who served in combat operations during our most recent conflicts and wars. These facilities provide veterans with valuable rehabilitation to improve their quality of life when they return home. Previously, eligibility was only allowed for veterans who served honorably in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

June 19, 2015
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Now is the Time to Strengthen and Extend Rent Laws

 Click the link below to view the Education Update from Senator Stewart-Cousins. This will open a PDF document in a new window. To download the PDF viewer, click here.

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Rent Control Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins.pdf

June 16, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Tax Credits For Parents Who Adopt Foster Care Children, Promoting Community Gardens, and More!

Tax Credits For Parents Who Adopt Foster Care Children: Senate Bill S.2026, sponsored by Democratic State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, will provide tax credits to people who adopt children from the foster system, and will make it easier for parents to afford the process, encouraging more people to adopt children from the system.

June 11, 2015
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An Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2015 (Spanish Version)

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Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins Spanish.pdf

June 10, 2015
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An Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2015

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Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2015.pdf

June 8, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Protecting Personal Information Of Travelers, Providing Grants For Blood Drives, and More!

Helping Military Spouses Continue Profession in NYS: States often differ in their specific licensing requirements and cause military spouses to face delays and the expense of re-licensure to continue practicing their professions after moving to a new state to accommodate their spouse’s service. Senate bill S.2947 allows New York State to modify licensing requirements and processes for these military spouses without impacting the standards of the state.

May 28, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announce Affordable Housing Legislative Process

Renews & Strengthens Rent Control Legislation

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Conference Leader,  joined members of the Senate Democratic Conference to unveil an affordable housing package to better ensure fair housing practices throughout New York State.

May 28, 2015
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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.

Protecting State Parks: The legislation, Senate Bill S.956, was sponsored by Democratic Senator Jose Serrano and prohibits littering on our state’s park lands and creates stringent penalties for violators. A first offense would result in a fine not to exceed $750 and/or not more than 10 hours of community service at a State Park. Second or subsequent offenses would result in a fine not to exceed $1,400 and/or not more than 15 hours of community service at a State Park.

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

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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

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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