Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Blog entries

February is Black History Month

This month is a time to remind ourselves of the many accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans and celebrate their history. Black History is American history that touches the life of every American and drives us to recommit ourselves to our shared fight for social and economic justice.

February 4, 2014
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American Red Cross Winter Storm Tips & Checklists

With another large winter storm approaching our area, the American Red Cross is prepared to respond, as needed, to storm-related emergencies.

As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross is urging residents to be prepared—not only for the snow, but for extreme cold and possible power outages. Additionally, extreme weather increases the risk of home fires. Below are some tips to help residents stay safe, as well as checklists on winter storm safety and power outage safety. 

COLD WEATHER/WINTER STORM: Temperatures are expected to drop as conditions deteriorate throughout our region. People should take the following steps:

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American Red Cross Power Outage Checklist

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American Red Cross Winter Storm Checklist (Spanish)

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American Red Cross Winter Storm Checklist (English)

January 27, 2014
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Commemorating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This Monday, January 20th 2014, is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an excellent opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a harmonious society.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a perfect example of a leader that children and adults alike can be proud to emulate on the day of his birth and all year round. The values and goals Dr. King promoted still ring true today and can be realized through recommitting ourselves to community service.

January 20, 2014
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The Importance Of Giving Back This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is a time for us to celebrate with loved ones and reflect on all that we are thankful for. As we observe this holiday, let us consider the needs of our less fortunate friends and neighbors. Donating time, money and food items to organizations that serve Thanksgiving meals to members of the public in need is an excellent way to celebrate this holiday and give a helping hand to our fellow New Yorkers.

November 26, 2013
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November 5th is Election Day!

Don't forget, November 5th is Election Day, an opportunity to make our voices heard and shape the future of our state and its policies. When more New Yorkers vote, democracy thrives and our government more truly represents the people it’s meant to serve.

New Yorks' November 5th ballot includes many ballot measures, some of which will affect New Yorkers for decades or more. Some issues addressed by the propositions include casino gambling, service credits for veterans, age limits for judges, and a proposed land exchange to allow mining in the Adirondacks. Also to be decided this election day are the mayoral, district attorney, and county executive races for many cities and counties throughout New York State.

October 31, 2013
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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November has been designated National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month to remind Americans to update our understanding of this all too common disease, and be better informed.

October 30, 2013
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Trick-or-Treating This Halloween? Don't Forget, Safety First!

Halloween is a festive time of year, especially for children, but it is also an important time to increase vigilance and be on the lookout for possible safety hazards so take the necessary steps to ensure that Halloween celebrations remain safe and fun for all participants.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided tips to help guarantee a safe holiday this Halloween. These tips include:

October 30, 2013
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Lung cancer continues to affect thousands of New Yorkers and their families every year, and represents a significant risk to public health. Thousands of lives can be saved each year through awareness, healthful lifestyles, and medical care.

October 28, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Earns High Marks in Environmental Advocate Ranking

EPL/ Environmental Advocates released their annual legislative score card and Senator Stewart-Cousins received the second highest score of any member of the Senate. Each year, the advocacy group grades legislators on their environmental voting records on a select group of bills chosen by the organization called “super bills”. Senator Stewart-Cousins consistently places near the top of the rankings each year. This year, EPL/ Environmental Advocates had far fewer bills from which to grade legislators in the State Senate because that body only voted on 11 environmental bills, compared to 26 in the Assembly.

October 18, 2013
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New York State of Health: Getting Started with the New, More Affordable Health Plan

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, New York's new marketplace for health insurance debuted on October 1st. New York State of Health (NYSOH) is an organized marketplace of health insurance policies designed to help New Yorkers find affordable health coverage. NYSOH allows visitors to compare costs, determine eligibility, evaluate insurance options, and purchase health insurance online, in person, or by mail. NYSOH also tells applicants what financial assistance is available to them when buying coverage through the marketplace.

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NYSOH Fact Sheet-Small Businesses

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NYSOH Fact Sheet-Why It's Now Easier to Pay for Health Insurance

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NYSOH Fact Sheet-Young Adults

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NYSOH Fact Sheet-Mid-Hudson 411

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NYSOH Fact Sheet-Immigrants

October 7, 2013
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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The issue of addressing and ending domestic violence and helping its victims to reclaim their lives remains a top priority for Senator Stewart-Cousins. It starts with awareness in our communities, and our willingness to reach out to friends, family, and neighbors to let them know that help is available.

October 2, 2013
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all New Yorkers are encouraged to take the time to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection. 

The fight for breast cancer starts with early detection. Preventative screenings, routine mammograms and setting up regular visits can make all of the difference in the battle against disease and the fight for survival.

Excluding skin cancer, nearly 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in women is breast cancer. Though 95% of diagnoses are in women aged 40 and up, younger women and roughly 2,000 men are annually diagnosed with this disease.

October 1, 2013
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September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual tradition celebrating the many ways that Hispanic Americans have contributed to our American identity and history, and a wonderful opportunity to share the rich cultural mosaic that is unique to the Americas and Spain, and to learn about the vital roles Hispanic Americans play in our nation’s past, present and future.

September 15, 2013
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Statement from Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Observing Yom Kippur

"I would like to wish all those who will be observing Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, this evening and tomorrow an easy and meaningful fast. May you and your loved ones be signed and sealed in the Book of Life."

September 13, 2013
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Statement from Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

"As we approach the start of the Jewish High Holy Days, I want to wish all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah a happy new year. Let us hope that this new year ushers in a time of joy, progress and prosperity for our Jewish neighbors, and all New Yorkers. May we all have a Shanah Tovah U’Metukah – a happy, healthy and sweet new year."

September 4, 2013
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Have a Safe & Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day celebrates the work ethic and indomitable spirit of American workers, and the labor movement that formed to protect them from unsafe work conditions and unfair practices. This Labor Day weekend, let us take the time to reflect on our values of hard work and high quality results, and be thankful for the high standard of safety and fairness that so many struggled to establish.

August 30, 2013
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September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Show your support for women living with ovarian cancer, the fifth leading cause of cancer death amongh American women, by wearing the color teal on September 7th with the brave women who are fighting for their lives against this disease.

August 26, 2013
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Registration for STAR Now Open!

Attention homeowners! If you are one of the millions of New Yorkers receiving the Basic STAR exemption, you must re-register with the Department of Taxation and Finance in order to receive the exemption in 2014. This is part of a new law, passed by the Legislature this year, to protect taxpayers against fraudulent or inappropriate STAR exemptions. Registration has already begun and will continue through the end of December.

You can apply online by visiting this website, or by calling 518-457-2036. You will need your STAR code to apply. In the next couple of weeks, homeowners will receive a letter from the New York Tax Dept. which will include their STAR code.

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0814.STAR fact sheet.pdf

August 21, 2013
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Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July is a time to celebrate with friends and family. But its also a time to reflect on our history and the principles upon which our nation was founded.

Equality, freedom, independence and democracy were declared in America on this day and we continue to strive for these ideals. Though the road has been hard, we are proud of the significant progress we have made throughout our history.

So as you enjoy BBQ's, parades and celebrations with loved ones on this gorgeous summer day, please remember how important these ideals are to our nation and do what you can to strive for them

July 4, 2013
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Protect Yourself and Loved Ones from the Heat!

New Yorkers are advised today to take safety measures as weather temperatures continue to rise throughout New York State. While the current wave of excessively hot humid weather persists, all New Yorkers are urged to be aware of its dangers and take appropriate precautions. Checking in on elderly neighbors and others who are more vulnerable to the dangers of extreme temperatures could save lives.

June 25, 2013
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