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In the News: Daily Voice Leaders: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Source: Daily Voice)

Source: Daily Voice

Stewart-Cousins was the first female in state history to lead her party. She was also part of the first state delegation, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to visit Cuba after the process of normalization between the communist nation and the U.S. began. 

"Its a humbling, humbling role to play," Stewart-Cousins told Daily Voice. "The obligation of being first in anything--especially if its a good thing--is to leave a path so you won't be the last." 

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June 24, 2015

In the News: Caucus Weekend: Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Source: City & State TV)

Source: City & State

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins sits down with Gerson Borrero and Michael Johnson at City & State's hub location at the NYS Conference of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus Weekend. 

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February 17, 2015

In the News: Westchester’s Black Leaders—And The Black Leaders That Inspired Them (Source: Westchester Magazine)

Source: Westchester Magazine

In honor of Black History Month, Senator Stewart-Cousinns spoke to Westchester Magazine about who inspired her, "Mary McLeod Bethune is an inspiration to me, with her remarkable life’s path and the rich legacy of education, civil rights, leadership, and political activism she left behind. With $1.50 and five students, she began a small school in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1904 that became Bethune-Cookman University.

February 12, 2015

In the News: Leader Stewart-Cousins SOTS Reaction (Source: State of Politics)

Source: State of Politics

Governor Cuomo’s State of the State and Executive Budget proposals did not get much attention Thursday in the wake of the Sheldon Silver arrest. But the governor’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda did introduce a lot of new proposals that need discussing. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins joined us to discuss Cuomo’s proposals and did weigh in on the charges against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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January 23, 2015
November 13, 2014

In the News: Westchester Food Bank Goes Orange For Hunger Awareness (Source: Daily Voice)

Source: Daily Voice

The holiday season is usually the biggest donation time for food banks, but Food Bank For Westchester (FBW) hopes to inspire others to remember the hungry every time of year.

In observance of September as Feeding America's Hunger Action Month, the FBW announced Thursday its "Go Orange To End Hunger," campaign – a month-long campaign to raise awareness of Westchester's hungry residents.

September 8, 2014

In the News: Solar Capacity in New York Grew 30% (Source: The Lansing Star Online)

Source: The Lansing Star Online

Environment New York Research & Policy Center released a new report: "Lighting the Way” Tuesday showing strong solar growth across the nation including a 30% increase in New York State in 2013. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

August 8, 2014

In the News: Red-light Cameras Win Approval in Rochester, Westchester (Source: Poughkeepsie Journal)

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

Yonkers and Rochester on Friday had their red-light camera pilot programs extended for five years, and Mount Vernon and New Rochelle will be able to add them.

The approvals from the state Legislature came in the final hours of the legislative session, which ended Friday evening. The bills will now head to Cuomo's desk for approval.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said her city wanted the bill extended.

June 22, 2014

In the News: Women Leaders Pen Letter to Cuomo, Ask Him to Support Local Wage Standards (Source: Legislative Gazette)

In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature, 130 of the state's most powerful women urged the passage of #RaiseUpNY, legislation that would allow cities and counties to raise wages above the state's minimum of $8 an hour.

The #RaiseUpNY bill (S.6516/A.9036) is a plan to allow individual cities and counties within the state to set their own minimum wage, based on factors such as cost of living. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has criticized the plan saying it would create a chaotic situation throughout the state by pitting cities and counties against each other.

April 15, 2014

In the News: Women's Groups: Let Cities and Counties Increase Minimum Wage (Source:

Women’s rights advocates and legislators released a letter Monday urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support a bill that would allow cities and counties to increase their own minimum wage.

“Failing to adequately raise the minimum wage has hampered our state’s economic growth and kept over 1.1 million hard-working New Yorkers in poverty,” State Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said in a statement. “A majority of minimum wage earners are women, many of whom are desperately trying to provide for their families and make ends meet.”

April 8, 2014

In the News: Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Yonkers City Council and Education Committee (Source: Yonkers Tribune)

Yonkers, NY - “There have been serious lapses of fiscal transparency and accountability within the City of Yonkers school system which must be remedied and reformed. As a representative of the City of Yonkers, I reiterate my call to give the community, parents and stakeholders an opportunity to be part of the process and discussion.

March 27, 2014

In the News: Stewart-Cousins, Breslin and Tkaczyk Push For School Funding (Source: Times Union)

As Legislative leaders met again with Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning to resolve the details of next year’s state budget, those not in the room continue to make their fervent wishes known.

To that end, state Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, sens. Neil Breslin and Cecilia Tkaczyk and a five other Democrats have written to leadership and Gov. Cuomo urging them to include more funding for education in the final pact — especially for struggling upstate rural and small city school districts.

March 26, 2014

In the News: Campaign Finance Reform Benefits Women (Source:

New York state is on the cusp of making history — and that's a good thing for women.

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo included a proposal for the public financing of state elections in his budget. The plan creates a system where public funds match citizens' small campaign contributions to reduce the influence of big money in politics.

March 24, 2014

In the News: Senate Dems To Cuomo: Dream Act Will Pass If It’s In The Budget (Source: NY State of Politics)

The Dream Act will be approved if it is folded into the 2014-15 state budget, Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Queens Democrat Jose Peralta wrote in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The letter send on Thursday comes several days after the Senate voted down the measure by two votes, 30-29.

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March 21, 2014

In the News: Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins Talks Budget, A Changing Chamber (Source: TWC News)

Democratic Conference Leaders Andrea Stewat-Cousins appeared on the Capital Tonight yesterday to talk to Liz Benjamin about this year's budget, and the changes in the chamber.

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March 5, 2014

In the News: New York Democrats Push Fair Pay For Contract Public Employees (Source: Daily News)

In the wake of the Daily News Fight for Fair Pay Campaign, state Senate Democrats on Tuesday called on seven state public authorities to immediately hike contract workers’ pay to at least $9 an hour. 

The MTA and the Thruway Authority were among the seven agencies that received the letters from Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

February 26, 2014

In the News: NY Democrats Push for Faster Minimum-Wage Hike (Source:

Democrats in the state Legislature are hoping to accelerate New York’s scheduled minimum-wage increase, using President Barack Obama’s national push to boost their plan.

“We understand that our business is unfinished and we need to make sure that we accelerate the minimum wage so that it will reflect what New Yorkers want,” Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said at a news conference Tuesday.

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February 11, 2014

Let Cities, Counties Supplement State's Minimum Wage (Commentary on Times Union by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Karim Camara)

As a nation, we've long agreed that everyone who's willing to work hard should have a shot at moving up in the world. But as families today know all too well, the middle class feels awfully elusive when you earn $8 an hour.

That's why we're supporting legislation that would allow municipalities in New York to supplement the state's minimum wage to be more in line with regional living costs. We recognize that New York is a diverse state, and a nuanced, local approach makes more sense than a one-size-fits-all policy. After all, a decent wage in Binghamton isn't necessarily the same for Buffalo or Albany County.

February 11, 2014

In the News: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Discusses Minimum Wage (Source: Capital Tonight)

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins appeared on the Capital Tonight to discuss the minimum wage, "hoping to reopen dialogue and get some momentum to raising minimum wage in accelerated phase, indexing it to inflation" for a more sustainable lifestyle for minimum wage workers in New York State.

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February 6, 2014

In the News: State Senate Democratic Leader Offers Wish List (Source: NY1Online)

Inside City Hall's Errol Louis had Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the state Senate's Democratic Conference Leader, offer her thoughts and suggestions for what Governor Andrew Cuomo should say in his upcoming State of the State Address.

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January 7, 2014
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