Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Blog entries

Action to Increase Penalties for Financial Exploitation of Elderly

Stealing from the elderly is a serious crime that deserves harsh prosecution. To close the loopholes that allow criminals to exploit senior citizens with impunity, the Senate passed a legislation that increases penalties on criminals who attempt to financially take advantage of New York’s elderly residents.

June 6, 2013

June is LGBT Pride Month

June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. New York has a proud tradition of bringing social issues to the forefront and leading the nation on progressive, civil rights initiatives, and let us all rededicate ourselves to ensure full equality for all of our state’s residents as part of celebrating LGBT Pride Month.

June 4, 2013

June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Caribbean-American Heritage is part of the story of America. In the month of June, let's take the opportunity to celebrate and learn about the contributions that Caribbean-Americans have made to our country and state, and enjoy the variety of culture, music, literature and food of the Caribbean.

June 1, 2013

Kawasaki Celebrates 25 Years in Yonkers

Twenty-five years ago, Kawasaki built its first passenger rail car in downtown Yonkers, and has since supplied trains to various transit systems in surrounding cities including New York City, New Jersey and Boston. Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins commemorated this milestone and said at the 25th Anniversary Celebration, “I’m pleased to congratulate Kawasaki Rail Car on their 25th Anniversary in the City of Yonkers. This is a significant accomplishment which underscores what Kawasaki means to our City. Lead by CEO Hiroji Iwasaki, the company has created and sustained hundreds of jobs, boosted economic activity in the downtown and developed leading innovations that have changed the industry.

May 10, 2013

May is Asthma Awareness Month

May is Asthma Awareness Month, a month-long period dedicated to help people with asthma take control of this chronic but treatable disease.

Asthma affects over 1.1 million people in New York, causing an average of 301 deaths per year and 41,797 hospitalizations.  It is the leading cause of missed school days for children and workplace absences for adults.  However, asthma is a treatable form of cardio pulmonary disease (COPD) and can be controlled with a variety of common medications. 

May 1, 2013

Fair Local Election Act Press Conference

On Friday, April 19th, Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other local elected officials gathered at the Greenburgh Town Hall to announce the introduction of the Fair Local Election Act, a bill, which would fall under the umbrella of the Fair Election Act, that would allow for local municipalities and counties to opt-in for campaign finance. Sponsored by Leader Stewart-Cousins, the Fair Election Act would provide for optional partial public financing of certain election campaigns in the state and identifies the source of certain political contributions.

April 19, 2013

EILEEN FISHER is Proud to Support Woman Entrepreneurs Through Their Annual Business Grant Program

The EILEEN FISHER grant program seeks applicants from wholly women-owned businesses that combine the principles of social consciousness, sustainability, and innovation to create new businesses or invigorate existing ones. For more information or to apply, click here.

April 15, 2013

Westchester for Change Campaign Finance Reform Discussion Forum

On Thursday, April 11th, Westchester for Change hosted an open community forum at the Greenburgh Town Hall in White Plains, NY to discuss campaign finance reform in New York State. Forum participants included Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Jessica Wisneski, Campaigns Director of Citizen Action of New York, and Ian Vandewalker, Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law, and was moderated by Elizabeth Saenger, co-organizer of Westchester for Change.

April 12, 2013

CDC Awards Yonkers YMCA REACH Grant

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a press conference where Yonkers Family YMCA was awarded a $300,000 REACH grant to fund educational programs and seminars that promote fitness and healthy living in the city’s minority neighborhoods as an effort “to improve the health and eliminate disparities related to chronic diseases in African-American and Hispanic communities”. As one of the 15 YMCAs nationwide to receive this grant, Yonkers YMCA plan to implement programs that will help community members achieve a healthy weight, gain access to nutritious foods, become more physically active, become less exposed to smoke and other tobacco products, and live in places that encourage emotional well-being”.

April 5, 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins on Minimum Wage and the State Budget

Citing "serious issues", Leader Stewart-Cousins released a statement expressing her disappointment with the minimum wage proposal being put forth in the State budget agreement.

"While increasing the minimum wage to $9.00 is something that the Senate Democrats have long supported, we are disappointed that the current proposal doesn't reach this level for three years, is not indexed to the rate of inflation and does not raise the wages of certain service workers," the Leader commented.

March 26, 2013


On Decemeber 1st , countries across the globe will celebrate World AIDS Day, honoring those who have fallen to HIV/AIDS, and in doing so use the day to increase awareness of the rising infection rates and what can be done to stop this trend. In recognition of World AIDS Day, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is urging people to increase their own awareness of HIV/AIDS and also get themselves tested.

November 23, 2010

Labor Day Celebrations

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a celebration recognizing the social and economic achievements of American workers. Labor Day is a annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well being of our Country and our State. Now that Labor Day has passed, I would like to share with you some of the recent achievements that have been made to both expand and protect our workforce.

September 8, 2010

Your Vote Counts! Learn More About New Voting Machines in New York State

This fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is working to inform New Yorkers about this transition and opportunities to try out the voting machines before election day. 

August 31, 2010

Empowering Women in Government; Past, Present and Future

In the New York State Legislature there are a total of 212 elected positions, currently only 51 women are members of either chamber, while women make up the larger portion of New York’s population.  This statistic emphasizes our need to recognize the women that have made significant contributions in the past and present while motivating more women to participate in government or become active in their individual communities in the future. 

June 8, 2010

Constituent Services

As your representative, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is dedicated to providing you with a wide range of services. The Constituent Services Department in the Office of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is available to any resident requiring assistance with a government service, locating an appropriate agency or information on available programs. Additionally, our Constituent Service Officers can serve as liaisons between residents of the 35th District and the New York State Government. Click here to contact Constituent Services.

May 27, 2010


“Senator Stewart-Cousins, we are proud to be located in a district in which you serve with such distinction. Your continuous support to our Association is invaluable in our efforts to ensure the continuation of much needed community services…”

-Yejide Okunribido, Esq

Executive Director for the YWCA of Yonkers

“Thank you so much for working so hard in representing our communities, and for never losing sight of the need of society’s most vulnerable populations in New York State. Thank you for supporting the Center in our mission to end violence against women…”

May 10, 2010

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Celebrates Arbor Day!

In celebration of Arbor Day, the national holiday calling on citizens to plant and protect trees, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is urging local residents to provide feedback on ways electric utility providers can improve the current clear cutting methods around transmission power lines in the region. The Public Service Commission recently announced that it is conducting a review of the right of way (ROW) practices and has requested input from members of the community.

April 30, 2010


December, 2009


December 10, 2009


What does STAR stand for?

STAR stands for School Tax Assessment Relief

What is STAR?

A New York State school tax relief program, which provides a partial exemption from school property taxes for homeowners.

October 27, 2009
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