Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Blog entries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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