Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Press releases

Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Joins Rally for Yonkers Public Schools at the State Capitol

Albany, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, addressed Tuesday’s rally in support of additional funding for Yonkers Public Schools at the State Capitol in Albany. 

“We have a responsibility to educate our children,” Senator Stewart-Cousins told the crowd of students, parents, administrators and city leaders who had gathered on what is referred to as the Million Dollar staircase. “One of the things we want to do is to turn this Million Dollar Staircase into a $28 million staircase. Every effort is important because every child is worth every single ounce of our energy.” Click here to listen to her full remarks.

May 20, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Unveils Legislation To Improve Education System

Package addresses failures in this year’s budget and the Common Core rollout

Albany, NY - This week the Senate Democratic Conference, led by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, introduced bills to reform the state’s public school system and address the concerns raised by education stakeholders due to the proposed changes made in the 2015 State Budget. The legislative package will implement reforms to the teacher evaluation system, increase fairness for student assessments and provide support for community schools that offer wraparound social services.

May 19, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference To Announce An Education Legislative Package

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will announce and introduce a major education legislative package on Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00 PM.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Education Committee Ranker, Senator George Latimer, Senator Marc Panepinto, Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference, Education Advocates

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: Senate Democratic Conference Room, Room 315, State Capitol, Albany

May 19, 2015
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Statement From State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Death of Al DelBello

"Al DelBello helped shape a better Westchester as a result of his vision, initiative, and collaboration. Whether creating Westchester Medical Center from "Grasslands"or connecting the county through a better public transportation system, Al was always asking "what if" and transforming answers into action. In his roles as Yonkers' Mayor, County Executive and Lt. Governor, he was a relentless problem solver. His legacy on public service, even after leaving elected office, will continue to be felt and appreciated throughout New York State."

May 18, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Selects Jane Aoyama-Martin, Executive Director of the Pace Women's Justice Center, as Senate Women of Distinction 2015 Nominee

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic L​​eader Andrea Stewart-Cousins selected Jane Aoyama-Martin, the Executive Director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center, as her nominee for the Women of Distinction Award in 2015. The recognition is given to outstanding women living and working in New York State, whose contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond. The award, sponsored by the New York State Senate, was bestowed during a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday.

May 6, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:06 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: TODAY, May 5, 2015, at 11:06 AM.

May 5, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Calls For Passage Of Critical Ethics Reform To Close The “LLC Loophole”

Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron will Today Force a Committee Vote to Close the LLC Loophole and Reform How Campaigns are Funded

 Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today called on the Senate Republicans in the Elections Committee to pass legislation that will close the LLC loophole and help clean up Albany. Due to Republican refusal to even consider this critical legislation, Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron filed a motion for committee consideration to simply have this ethics reform initiative discussed by the Senate Elections Committee. Today’s vote on the legislation in the Senate Elections Committee follows decisions in recent weeks by Republicans in both the State Legislature and the Board of Elections to keep the loophole open.

April 27, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Renews Push To Close The LLC Loophole

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce a renewed effort to close the LLC Loophole.

April 27, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on New Teacher Evaluation System

“Rushing to implement a new teacher evaluation system would be misguided. We’ve been down this road before and we’ve seen where faulty and fast implementation of poorly conceived education changes leads. Demonizing teachers, over-testing students and rushing major reforms will not improve our education system, it will only cause more problems. Delaying the implementation of this new teacher evaluation system is the minimum step that should be taken.”

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April 23, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Office of Special Investigation

“By voting down legislation to create the Office of Special Investigation, the Senate Republicans demonstrated that they do not believe reforms are needed to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of age, race or gender, are treated with respect and equality. The fight to reform the state criminal justice system is not over, and we will continue our efforts to ensure every New Yorker feels safe, secure and protected.”

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April 22, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Travel to Cuba as Part of State Delegation to Consider Trade Options

Yonkers, NY - On Monday, April 20th, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, at the invitation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, will be a member of the New York State delegation traveling to Cuba to consider trade options. The trip was made possible in the wake of President Obama’s initiative to chart a new course of diplomatic relations with the island nation located 90 miles from U.S. shores. 

April 20, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Closing LLC Loophole

“It’s seems everyday a new Albany scandal rocks New Yorkers’ confidence in our state government. The Senate Democratic Conference has outlined a series of common sense measures, including closing the LLC loophole, that will restore the people’s faith in state government by cleaning up Albany.  I am disappointed that efforts to close the LLC loophole continue to be blocked  and I hope with the remaining time left in session we can finally close this glaring loophole and pass real ethics reforms."

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April 16, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget

Yonkers, NY - New York State’s new fiscal year began April 1st with the 2015-2016 State budget in place. The $142 billion spending plan increases state spending by 2% over last year and includes $23.5 billion in education aid--an increase of $1.3 billion. The state also continues to make strides in reducing the Gap Elimination Adjustment. There are new initiatives, including $1.6 billion to provide basic health coverage for low-income New Yorkers, and important funding (detailed below) that will have a positive impact on constituents and municipalities in the 35th District.

April 7, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Minimum Wage

“As more and more items are being removed from this year’s State Budget, I am especially concerned that efforts to increase the minimum wage seemed to have stalled. Now is the time to help the hard working men and women who are struggling because of our already inadequately low minimum wage. We cannot miss another opportunity to help lift over 1.1 million New Yorkers out of poverty, and finally pass a meaningful minimum wage increase with indexing."

March 27, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On Education Funding

“Funding for New York State schools should not be held hostage due to the ongoing debate over how best to reform our education system. Our state’s students need help and we have a responsibility to ensure their schools are provided necessary funding immediately. Any delays or excuses to avoid adequate funding will simply hurt our students and that is unacceptable.”

March 26, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On Assembly Passage Of Women’s Reproductive Health Legislation

“I congratulate Speaker Heastie and the State Assembly for passing common sense legislation that will protect women’s rights. It is deeply disappointing that the Senate Republicans continue to stand against efforts to simply codify the Roe v. Wade decision into New York State law. Unfortunately, my Senate Republican colleagues have taken a step backwards. In 1970, when the issue of reproductive health was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. Today, apparently not one Republican Senator will stand up for full equality for women.”

March 25, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On Education

“As discussions regarding a commission to reform New York’s education system continue and details begin to emerge, it is becoming clear that this potential commission is unworkable. Any commission created to review and amend our education system must be balanced and include representation from all stakeholders, not simply a select few. The priorities of this commission should be to improve the quality of education our students receive, and not simply continue the demonization of teachers.”

March 25, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Ethics Reform

 "The Senate Democratic Conference has always been the most aggressive advocates of comprehensive ethics reforms.  We look forward to reviewing  the legislation when it is finalized.” 

March 18, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Releases 2015-16 State Budget Priorities

Yonkers, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her Senate colleagues have released their 2015-16 State Budget priorities. The priorities include: adding another $2 billion in funding for education; increasing the minimum wage; creating more affordable housing and job opportunities through capital projects; increasing aid to local municipalities to help reduce property taxes; increased funding for EPIC, the prescription drug plan for seniors, and for kinship care. The list of priorities were included in a budget letter to the republican Senate Majority Leader.

March 18, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Paid Family Leave

“I commend the Assembly for passing the Paid Family Leave Act. The Senate Democratic Conference has long supported this legislation that would provide the most help to New York Families. Those who provide care for a sick loved one or give a newborn baby the care, time and attention prescribed by doctors should never be punished for doing the right thing. The Senate Democratic Conference remains committed to building a stronger economy by helping our hardworking families and will continue to lead the way on paid family leave.”

March 17, 2015
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