Andrea Stewart-Cousins's News items

$1.8 Billion Awarded to Build 676 New LIRR and Metro-North Rail Cars

The Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has approved a contract with Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. for up to $1.83 billion to design and build the next generation of rail cars for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. The MTA expects up to 676 cars will be assembled at Kawasaki’s plant in Yonkers and anticipates up to 1,500 people will be employed in New York State.

September 19, 2013
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Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Capital Tonight to Discuss Women's Equality Agenda (Source: YNN)

Source: YNN

In recognition of Women's Equality Day on August 26th, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins appeared on Capital Tonight last night to discuss how pushing for ALL 10-points of the Governor's Women's Equality Agenda can continue to make New York the leader in Women's Rights.

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August 28, 2013
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Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Westchester On the Level (WHYT Radio)

Source: WHYT Radio

On Wednesday, July 31st, Leader Stewart-Cousins was a guest on Westchester On the Level to talk about education funding, Women's Equality Act, Campaign Finance Reform, NY SAFE Act, among other issues important to Westchester. Click here to listen to the interview.

August 12, 2013
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Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Advocacy and the Role of Government in Society (Source: The Examiner News)

Source: The Examiner News

Recently, The White Plains Examiner had the chance to sit down with New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35th Senate District) and talk about what it’s like to be the first woman Democratic Conference Leader and the road that lead her to the prominent position she has today.

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July 24, 2013
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Tarrytown Gets Grant for Train Station (Source: Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch)

Source: Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch

The Village of Tarrytown will be reimbursed $250,000 for building 167 parking spaces at the Tarrytown train station in 2011.

The funding comes from unused multi modal transportation funds that were awarded to the Village in 1999 for a separate project. New York State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins asked for authorization to use the funds after recognizing the need for further parking at the Tarrytown train station.

July 1, 2013
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Land Acquired to Decrease Danger at Greenburgh Intersection (Source: Daily Voice)

Source: Daily Voice

Last week, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed bills authorizing Westchester County to transfer approximately six-tenths of an acre of parkland on the north border of Sprain Ridge Park to the town of Greenburgh for the purpose of making needed safety improvements to the section of Jackson Avenue from the Park entrance to the intersection with North Sprain Road.

June 27, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins on The Brian Lehrer Show (Source: WNYC)

Source: WNYC

Leader Stewart-Cousins was on The Brian Lehrer Show this morning to discuss what still needed to be done before the end of session, including the gambling expansion plan, ethics and campaign finance reform, and the women's equality agenda.

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June 21, 2013
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Pot Arrests in NY Vary By Race (Source: Democrat & Chronicle)

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

Albany, NY - Black New Yorkers are nearly five times more likely to be arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges than whites, and the disparity is much wider in the state’s most populous counties, a report Thursday found.

June 17, 2013
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White Plains Celebrates Freedom with Juneteenth Gala and Festival (Source: The Examiner News)

Source: The Examiner News

The White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee had the opportunity this year to share the cultural significance of Juneteenth with the larger community. Under the notable leadership of Chairman Bernie Thombs, The White Plains First Annual Juneteenth Awards Gala and 9th Annual Heritage Festival allowed the whole community to come together and celebrate. Juneteenth’s theme this year was “Drums of Freedom”- Always Faithful, and both events were characterized by the Afrocentric elements of the drums and the collective spirit.

June 17, 2013
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Rally Against 'Legalized Bribery' (Source: Legislative Gazette)

Source: Legislative Gazette

Dozens of protesters donned dollar bill costumes and took to the Capitol lawn last Wednesday in the hope of getting the Fair Elections Act (S.4705-a) to the floor of the Senate before the end of the session.

The protest was comprised of several different groups including the Fair Elections for New York campaign, the anti-corruption group Represent. Us and Stamp Stampede, an organization that stamps anti-bribery messages onto dollar bills.

June 17, 2013
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Comptroller DiNapoli Concedes These Are Tough Times for Local Governments and School Districts (Source: Scarsdale10583.com)

Source: Scarsdale10583.com

Meanwhile, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins just announced the passage of a bill in the state senate requiring the state to pay for unfunded mandates.

The bill requires the state to fund any mandated program imposed on local governments and school districts and would protect local municipalities from bearing the cost of programs created and/ or originated by the State, allowing local officials to set their own priorities without the possibility of future unfunded mandated programs disrupting their budgets.

June 17, 2013
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NY Governor Cuomo Officially Introduces Women’s Equality Act (Source: Feminist.org)

Source: Feminist.org

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) officially introduced the long-awaited Women’s Equality Act.

June 7, 2013
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Senate Democrats: Bring Women's Agenda to a Vote (Source: LoHud.com)

Source: LoHud.com

Senate Democrats want the Senate leadership to hold a vote on the women’s agenda detailed today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including strengthening abortion laws in New York.

“All 10 points of this legislative package are crucial for the women of New York including the reproductive health legislation. This legislation simply reconciles state and federal law to protect a woman’s right to choose,” said Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, in a statement.

June 4, 2013
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State Leaders Hopeful For Campaign Finance Reform Deal (Source: NY1.com)

Source: NY1.com

Supporters of publicly financed campaigns filed into the State Capitol Wednesday to lobby for their cause. At times, their arguments were wonky, Other times, less so, such as when some shouted, "Money out, voters in!"

"I'm hoping this is not one of them," said state Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. "We all understand the importance of getting people back involved in the process."

June 3, 2013
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Westchester Salutes a County Leader (Source: Caribbean Life News)

Source: Caribbean Life News

As part of the annual Black History & Heritage Month celebration, Westchester legislators on Monday, March 11, saluted New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. The County Board of Legislators (BOL) honored State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins for her many achievements in elective office and beyond and her recent election as Democratic Conference Leader -- the first woman in New York State history to hold this important political position.

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May 24, 2013
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Child Care Council of Westchester Awarded 2013 Joey Awards & Champion of Child Care Awards (Source: Larchmont Patch)

Source: Larchmont Patch

On Friday, May 17, 2013, the Child Care Council of Westchester held its annual awards event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains to recognize exceptional individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the child care industry in Westchester County. Over 250 people attended the Awards Breakfast. Recognizing those community individuals who have significantly supported early care and education in Westchester, the Council presented its 2013 CHAMPIONS OF CHILD CARE AWARDS to NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, The Editorial Board of The Journal News and The Dannon Company.

May 24, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins on Up Close with Diana Williams (Source: WABC)

Source: WABC

Leader Stewart-Cousins appeared on Up Close with Diana Williams on Sunday, May 19th to discuss Governor Cuomo's 10-Point Plan for Women's Equality and sexual harassment in the workplace.

May 23, 2013
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Fracking Moratorium Vote Urged (Source: Times Union)

Source: Times Union

State Senate Democrats and opponents of the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking called on the chamber's Majority Coalition to take up a bill that would ban its use through May 15, 2015.

"New Yorkers deserve a vote on this issue, because it is an issue that will impact each and every one of us," said Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at a Wednesday news conference.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tony Avella, passed the Assembly in early March and is currently before the Senate's Environmental Conservation Committee.

May 23, 2013
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Assembly to Pass Bill Giving Tuition Aid to Immigrants (Source: LoHud.com)

Source: LoHud.com

Albany, NY - The State Assembly proposed legislation Tuesday that would allow undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for higher education, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans signaled that the legislation does not have a bright future.

Under the state-level DREAM Act, immigrants who are not citizens would have access to the state Tuition Assistance Program and other aid. The bill would also create a private scholarship fund for immigrants. The Democratic-led Assembly was set to pass the bill late Tuesday.

May 22, 2013
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LWV of the Rivertowns - Meet Your Elected Officials Event, April 28th (Source: River Journal Online)

Source: River Journal Online

Get involved in our democratic process and stay involved! This was the main theme of two speakers at the Rivertown League's recent event, "Meet your Elected Officials", graciously hosted by Monica Getz at her Tarrytown home this past Sunday, April 28.

May 6, 2013
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