Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Press releases

Statement From Senator Stewart-Cousins Regarding 1199 SEIU Contract Agreement Reached at the Michael Malotz Skilled Nursing Home In Yonkers

Yonkers, NY -  "From my perspective, there were too many lives hanging in the balance: the residents who depend on quality nursing home care; workers facing a diminished standard of living; and a hospital straining under the weight of a nursing home it could no longer afford. That's why I felt it extremely important to bring the parties back to the table and help them stay there, until a deal was reached. Now, Adira will provide excellent nursing home care in partnership with 1199 workers, who will maintain their wages and benefits, so St. John's can continue focusing on what they do best, providing great hospital care." 

Listen to full remarks here: https://youtu.be/AyniynMs4Yo 

August 21, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Capitol Pressroom and Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:06 AM and again this evening on Capital Tonight airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT: Interviews on The Capitol Pressroom & on Capital Tonight

WHO: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, July 27, 2015 - The Capitol Pressroom at 11:06 AM, Capital Tonight, airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

July 27, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Wage Board Recommendations

“One of the many issues left unaccomplished from this past Legislative Session is the need to raise the state’s minimum wage. For too long, over 1.1 million New Yorkers have been unable to adequately provide for themselves and their families because they do not receive fair compensation for their hard work. Today’s recommendations from the Wage Board are a good first step, but we need to ensure the wages are increased for all New Yorkers. The time is past due for New York State to raise the minimum wage and my colleagues and I in the Senate Democratic Conference will keep up the fight to help lift all New Yorkers out of poverty.”

July 22, 2015
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Press Release: Dobbs Ferry Able To Create Parking Permit System

Yonkers, NY - Dobbs Ferry is one step closer to creating a permit parking system in the village following passage of a bill introduced by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti.  The village requested the ability to do so in order to provide parking relief for Dobbs Ferry residents who live near the train station and have difficulty parking on the street near their homes. The legislation requires the Governor’s signature to become law, and will take effect 60 days after it is signed.

June 29, 2015
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Press Release: The State Delivers For Yonkers

$25 Million To Fill Yonkers' School Budget Gap, a Half-Percent Sales Tax Increase and a 3% Hotel Occupancy Tax

June 29, 2015
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Press Release: 2015 Legislative Session Closing Remarks and Statement on Yonkers Receiving $25 Million in Additional Aid for Schools

Albany, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, delivered her closing remarks on the Senate floor Thursday. While important legislation was passed, she also touched on the missed opportunities to create more affordable housing, tax relief for working families, mandate relief for local government and increasing the minimum wage to lift more people out of poverty. Click here for the full remarks.

June 26, 2015
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Press Release: Yonkers State Delegation Release: Yonkers to Join the Other Big Five School Districts in Requiring Five Year Olds to Attend Kindergarten

Yonkers, NY - Yonkers will join the other Big Five School Districts in New York State by requiring five year olds in the city to attend kindergarten. The Yonkers State Delegation, including Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Latimer and Assembly Members Gary Pretlow and Shelley Mayer sponsored and passed legislation to increase kindergarten attendance in the city. Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester and New York City already require kindergarten attendance, and this bill, requested by the Yonkers Board of Education, allows Yonkers to do the same.

The bill awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.

June 22, 2015
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Press Release: Stewart-Cousins Honors a Trailblazing Chemist & White Plains Resident Edith Flanigen

One of Eight National Media of Science and Technology Recipients in 2014  

June 9, 2015
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Press Release: Time is Running out for Rent-Control Renewal: Legislators, Tenants & Activists Speak Out

Yonkers, NY - Senate Democratic Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and J. Gary Pretlow were joined by tenants and tenant advocates today in calling on Governor Cuomo and the Republican Senate to renew and strengthen rent regulations that are set to expire on June 15, 2015. With more than 25,000 rent stabilized units in Westchester, with 16,000 of those in Yonkers. That number has been reduced from almost 32,000 in 1997, elected leaders, tenants and tenant advocates gathered to press for stronger laws to protect tenants and prevent further loss of affordable housing. Strengthening and renewing tenant protections will help keep thousands of families in affordable homes in their own communities.

June 5, 2015
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Press Release: Stewart-Cousins Honors 13 Year Old Jake Gallin of New Rochelle, Named as One of America's Top Youth Volunteers

Albany, NY - With a Resolution in the State Senate, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, recognized 13 year old Jake Gallin of New Rochelle for being named as one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards* for his volunteer work on behalf of military families. Jake was nominated by Volunteer New York and selected by the Prudential Foundation as a National Honoree from a field of more than 33,000 youth volunteers from across the country. 

June 4, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizes Irvington Fire Chief Chris DePaoli with Senate Resolution for His Act of Bravery

Albany, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader,  recognized Irvington Fire Chief Chris DePaoli today in the State Senate with a Resolution, for his role in saving a woman’s life during a violent attack. On April 8, 2015, the Chief was driving with his two daughters, on their way to a softball game, when they passed the Irvington Train Station. At the stop sign, he spotted a man and a woman arguing, and saw the man was holding a knife. Without concern for his own safety, he jumped out of his truck and grabbed a baseball bat, running toward the couple. He was able to separate the two before police arrived to subdue the man and provide emergency assistance. The female victim had been stabbed in the chest and neck including the jugular vein.

May 28, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference To Unveil Major Housing Reform Initiatives

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of major housing reform legislation on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:45 AM.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Housing Committee Ranker, Senator Adriano Espaillat, Senator Liz Krueger, Senator Jose Serrano, Senator Daniel Squadron, and Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27 at 11:45 AM

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

May 27, 2015
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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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