Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Blog entries

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

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.

While you celebrate our nation’s birthday, please also pause to reflect on the contributions veterans and their families have made. I wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July.

July 4, 2014

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

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

Statement from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 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. She was a lovely person, who was always very generous with her time, helping community organizations and local theater companies. I mourn her loss along with her family and the residents of New Rochelle where she and her late husband Ossie Davis made their home.”

June 12, 2014

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
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