(Yonkers – August 13th) Senator Stewart-Cousins is pleased to announce that five public libraries in her district have been awarded a total of $310,00 in state aid for facility renovations so they will continue to be a vibrant part of their communities. The funding will be allocated as follows:
"The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is an important milestone that should be celebrated. This historic legislation advances equal access for anyone who is disabled and prohibits discrimination against them based on that disability.
"Since the law was passed, we have seen significant progress and accommodation made but the reality is, there is much more to do for truly equal access. For instance, in many cases, a wheelchair ramp to a building or apartment exists but the kitchen sink may still be at a standard height.
On this day in 1776, America first asserted her independence from Great Britain with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As it states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This document established firm ideals and guiding principles, and an independent government in our nation.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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."
"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."
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.