Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Blog entries

Senator Stewart-Cousins' Statement on Eid Celebration to Mark End of Ramadan

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.)

July 25, 2014
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Westchester County DOH Back-To-School Immunization Clinics

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. 

 

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July 8, 2014
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Happy 4th of July!

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.

July 4, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement Regarding Juneteenth, Commemorating the End of Slavery

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.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Supports Legislation to Combat the Rising Heroin and Opioid Abuse Crisis

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. "

June 19, 2014
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Press Release: Statement on the Death of Oscar-Nominated Actress & Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee of New Rochelle

“Oscar-nominated actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee paved the way for many of us by setting a wonderful example of strength and courage. She made her mark on history, from Broadway to Hollywood, fighting for racial equality in the arts after standing with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

June 12, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Improve Violent Crime Reporting on Campuses, Combat Animal Cruelty, and More!

Stop Sex Offenders From Residing Near Those They Targeted: New York law lacks any provision to maintain distance between survivors of sex crimes and the sex offenders who attack them.

June 12, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins and the NY Women's Equality Coalition Push for Women's Equality Act

With less than two weeks of session left, the New York Women's Equality Coalition was joined by Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in front of the Senate Chamber as session was happening on Tuesaday, June 10th, to urge her Senate colleagues to bring the Women's Equality Act to the floor for a vote.

June 10, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Joins Advocates for Working Families in Call for Passage of Paid Family Leave Insurance Bill

Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins, joined by Senators Addabbo and Krueger, urged her colleagues in the Senate to pass the Paid Family Leave Insurance Bill (S.4742-B) before the end of session at a press conference held on Monday, June 9th. The bill, which passed the Assembly in March and is sponsored by Senator Addabbo in the Senate, would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of partial wages during time off from work taken to care for an infant or seriously ill family member. This bill would be entirely employee-paid through small payroll deductions that start at just $0.45 cents and rise to roughly $0.88 a week over four years. 

June 9, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Exempt Vets from Property Taxes, Funding Energy-Efficient Upgrades to Dairy Farms, and More!

Exempt Certain Veterans From Property Taxes: S4136A will provide a 100% property tax exemption for veterans (or their unmarried surviving spouses) of engagements that certain campaign ribbons and medals have been issued for, and who are designated 100% disabled as a result of military service.

June 5, 2014
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June is LGBT Pride Month

June was chosen as LGBT pride month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of June, 1969. Today, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated worldwide with festivals, parades, concerts, and parties where LGBT community members and allies gather to celebrate their pride, rights, contributions to society, openness and diversity.

May 30, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Statement on Memorial Day

Today, please take a moment to honor the brave men and women of our armed forces, particularly those who have fallen in service to our nation. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our veterans, active military personnel and their families for the sacrifices they have made to defend our way of life and preserve freedom and peace in America. They make these sacrifices with pride and humility so we must show our appreciation today and every day by giving thanks and lending a helping hand to them and others in need. So on this Memorial Day, I hope you will join me in thanking our veterans and honoring those who have fallen. Their service inspires us all. Happy Memorial Day.

May 27, 2014
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Westchester County Receives $738K for Youth Summer Jobs Program

The County of Westchester has received $737,924 to put young people from low-income households to work this summer. 

Funded through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), the Summer Youth Employment Program connects thousands of selected participants all over the state to jobs that will help them gain valuable work experience and much-needed income. Participants will work in places such as parks, nursing homes, summer camps, child care organizations, senior centers, community recreation centers, and other participating local businesses.

May 23, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Better Protection NY Children, Increase Penalties for Leaving Accident Scene, and More!

Veterans to Receive Benefit Information When Applying for a Driver’s License or ID: Sponsored by Democratic State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senate Bill S2226B will provide an option on DMV application forms for any veteran to authorize the DMV to share data with the Division of Veteran Affairs through Vets Connect.

May 21, 2014
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Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Dems Conference, and Women’s Orgs Continue Push for Passage of Entire Women’s Equality Act

Albany, NY – On Tuesday, May 20th, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) and members of the Senate Democratic Conference joined women’s rights advocates to call on the Senate Republican Coalition to pass the full Women’s Equality Act (WEA). Despite being passed twice in the State Assembly, the full Women’s Equality Act has not been brought before the Senate for a vote.

May 20, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Tougher Penalties for Unlicensed Drivers, Update on Identity Theft Laws, and More!

Tough Penalties For Unlicensed Drivers: Teresita “Grace” Solano was killed on February 24, 2012 by an individual who was operating a delivery truck in Middletown, NY with a suspended license.

May 14, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: High School Diplomas to All Vets, Enhanced Penalties for Endangering Children, and More!

Designating September as Firefighter, Police Officer and Emergency Medical Technician Appreciation Month: First responders provide vital services in both isolated emergencies and regional crises, and their value has never been more apparent than after 9/11.

May 8, 2014
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Spend the Day at Your Favorite Park Tomorrow For "Love My Park" Day

This Saturday, May 3rd is 'Love My Park Day’ and all New Yorkers are encouraged to go out, enjoy the spring weather, and volunteer at their favorite park. This year, ‘I Love My Park Day’ is generating record numbers with 83 participating parks and historic sites, 3,000 pre-registered and over 6,000 anticipated volunteers. In addition to a greater number of volunteers and participating parks, this year’s ‘I love My Park Day’ is again partnering with NYS Commission on National & Community Service and has obtained major news media and corporate sponsors.

May 2, 2014
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April 22nd is Earth Day!

April 22nd is Earth Day and all New Yorkers are encouraged to help ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy clean air and fresh water and New York’s natural beauty. Protecting the environment goes hand-in-hand with protecting the residents of New York and serving the needs of the next generation. By working together to ‘Go Green,’ we can protect our neighborhoods and communities, as well as create jobs and stimulate economic development opportunities in green technology.

April 19, 2014
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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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