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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.

ASC Storm Winter Tips.pdf

January 26, 2015

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

Happy New Year!

"I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy, prosperous and peaceful New Year!

A new year affords us the opportunity to turn the page. In 2015, I begin another term as the proud representative of the 35th District. I thank the voters for their trust and my colleagues as well, for electing me as the Senate Minority Leader - the first woman in state history to hold that position.

Our state faces many challenges and competing interests. I promise to seek common ground and work toward common sense solutions in order to provide the quality government services and protections that all New Yorkers expect and deserve. Let me know if you have ideas.

In the meantime, my warmest wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

"As we celebrate this joyous season of hope and renewal, I would like to wish those who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas. Now is the time of year when we join with friends, family and loved ones so that we can truly appreciate our many blessings. It is my deepest wish that the spirit of this season will last well beyond the Christmas holiday and that we may all enter the new year dedicated to helping each other build a stronger, more compassionate and hopeful community."

December 24, 2014

Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arb

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: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

November 20, 2014

Assistance for Veterans in Westchester Funded by State Grants

Senator Stewart-Cousins met with Family Services of Westchester to learn more about two programs they provide to veterans in the county with state funding assistance. The first is Vet2Vet, a peer-to-peer network that empowers veterans to handle the challenges associated with their service and returning to civilian life. They have six facilitators working with veterans, and are looking for two more. Veterans are encouraged to apply. The second is the Veterans ServiceWorks AmeriCorps program, the only one of its kind in the state serving veterans. 

Here's important information for you: 

November 19, 2014

Senator Stewart-Cousins Statement on Veterans Day

On this Veterans Day, we remember them. 

This day began as Armistice Day, when at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, an agreement to end World War I was signed between the Allies and Germany. It has become Veterans Day, when we pause as a nation to recognize all those who have served in our Armed Forces. I'll be joining veterans at several ceremonies today. 

There is a special spot in my heart for all veterans, including my late father, who served in World War II, and my brother, who served in Vietnam. It is my hope that we honor veterans not only today, but everyday, recognizing their service and sacrifice. We owe them a debt of gratitude and more.

November 12, 2014

Senator Stewart-Cousins Statement on Yom Kippur

"As Yamim Nora'im concludes, I would like to wish all those observing Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, an easy and meaningful fast. As you reflect on the past year and recommit for the year ahead, I hope you are all inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life."

October 2, 2014

Warning About Taxpayer Scams Connected to Rebate Checks

Beware of scam artists seeking personal information to "confirm" taxpayers are eligible for a tax rebate. If you receive a call seeking personal information, hang up and report the call to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection line at 1 (800) 771-7755.

October 1, 2014

State Supplement Program State Takeover of Administration on October 1, 2014

If you are receiving SSI payments, as of October 1st, you will notice a change. You will be receiving two separate payments although your total monthly benefit amount will not change. 

September 30, 2014

Senate Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Accepts Award for Protecting the Adirondack Park

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, was recently recognized with an Adirondack Council Award for her record of protecting the Adirondack Park.

Senator Stewart-Cousins is recognized for her co-sponsorship of legislation that incorporates climate change planning into the permitting process for facilities such as sewage treatment plants and similarly considers risks like sea-level rise during the application process for state-funded environmental infrastructure projects such as those made possible by the Environmental Protection Fund.

September 29, 2014

Senator Stewart-Cousins Statement on Rosh Hashanah

"I’d like to wish all of my constituents who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah a good year - L'Shanah Tovah u'Metukah! As the High Holy Days approach and we bring in year 5775, may your time be spent reflecting on the past year and may the promise of the year ahead fill you with resolve. As you celebrate this holiday of hope, I sincerely wish you a sweet New Year filled with God’s blessings."

September 24, 2014

WSOS Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (WSOS) 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 those soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions. This presentation will take place on the following dates and location:

September 22, 2014

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

As a New Yorker, I still feel the sadness, the grief, the tragedy of September 11th. We pause to reflect and remember our loved ones who we lost that day, thirteen years ago. They were our friends, our family members, our neighbors, our co-workers, our first-responders including EMTs, firefighters, and police officers.

In the days that followed, a new resolve began. People came together, to help each other in our greatest time of need. Today, that resolve has become a National Day of Service. I applaud those who are volunteering their time this September 11th, for this Day of Service strengthens individuals, communities and our nation.

September 12, 2014

Happy Grandparents Day!

Today is Grandparents Day, and I’d like to recognize the important role these relatives play in our lives. They are often our first storytellers, teaching us about our family and more importantly, about life. And today, many grandparents are also helping to raise their grandchildren because a parent or their own child is unable to.

I voted in favor of a resolution declaring September as Kinship Care Month in New York. More than 150,000 children in our state are living with grandparents, and nationwide, that figure is 2.7 million children. We should recognize and thank these elders for sharing their love and their homes, and forging the special bond of a kin or relative.

September 7, 2014

Statement from Senator Stewart-Cousins on Labor Day

On this Labor Day, let us not forget the roots of this national holiday originally proposed in 1882 by the Central Labor Union of New York as a day to pay tribute to the working class. These men and women over the centuries made important contributions to our great state that should be celebrated. But there is still work to do on behalf of workers. We must continue to fight for a living wage, not the minimum wage of $8 an hour, so we can raise more people out of poverty. And we must make sure the workplace is a safe one, with equal protections and pay.

September 1, 2014

Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Women's Equality Day

“This Women’s Equality Day, as we celebrate the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, we must also recommit ourselves to ensuring the women of New York receive the rights and protections they deserve. We have made great strides in achieving equality for women here in New York but the Senate Republicans’ refusal to pass the Women’s Equality Act clearly demonstrates that we still have much more work to do.

“Today should serve as a reminder to all New Yorkers that we have not yet realized the goal of fully protecting women’s rights and health. My Senate Democratic colleagues and I will continue to fight for women's equality.”

August 26, 2014

Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins Visits Poughkeepsie for the 3rd Annual Breaking Barriers Cultural Arts Expo

Democratic Conference Leader Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Senator Terry Gipson on Saturday, August 2nd, for the 3rd Annual Breaking Barriers Cultural Arts Expo in Poughkeepsie. The mission of Breaking Barriers is to bridge the gap between cultures and diverse orientations in the community.

August 5, 2014

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

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. 


Westchester DOH BTS Immunization Clinics English-Spanish

July 8, 2014
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