Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Press releases

Statement From Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

There has been too much demonizing of our teachers lately. As a former teacher, I understand firsthand the obstacles that​ many​ New York educators are facing and the resources they so desperately need in order to help our children. ​Schools’ resources ​must be based on ​the school district​ needs​. While we all agree that there are more improvements to be made to our education system, scapegoating teachers will not provide those improvements.

January 29, 2015
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Statement From Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

In his State of the State and Budget Address, Governor Cuomo unveiled an ambitious agenda and offered New Yorkers a vision of a stronger, more prosperous state. The Senate Democratic Conference has championed so many of the initiatives the Governor discussed in his speech, including raising the minimum wage, providing property tax relief, implementing stronger legislative ethics, passing the Dream Act and reforming our state’s criminal justice system. The Senate Democratic Conference will continue our fight to ensure all New York students, regardless of what zip code they reside in, have access to the high-quality education they deserve.

January 21, 2015
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Statement on Tappan Zee Bridge Tolls & Infrastructure Investment

The new Tappan Zee Bridge is the most ambitious and largest infrastructure investment project in the United States, and, once completed, it will have a positive impact for our community and all of New York State. As this project has progressed, I have consistently called for steps to be taken to ensure the tolls remain as low as possible, as higher tolls would have a negative impact on our local community and the entire state economy. I commend Governor Cuomo for his commitment to invest a portion of bank settlement funds into infrastructure projects like this one, located within my district in Tarrytown, to ease the burden on taxpayers and commuters, and allow New York and its residents to continue on a path toward prosperity.

January 21, 2015
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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the holiday commending the life and extraordinary achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of our nation's most beloved and influential civil rights leaders. 

For many, Dr. King's message of peace, justice and equality resonates this year in graphic ways. Amid nationwide marches, cries for criminal justice reform, and the movie "Selma," we are simultaneously reminded of how far we've come and how far we have yet to go. 

January 19, 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: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 11:06 AM.

January 14, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Outlines Legislative Priorities in Her 2015 Legislative Session Opening Remarks

Albany, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins took the oath of office Wednesday with her children by her side, continuing her historic leadership role in New York, as the first female legislative conference leader (elected 2012, re-elected 2014), and the first female State Senate Minority Leader.

In her opening remarks delivered on the Senate floor, Senator Stewart-Cousins thanked her constituents for re-electing her and her Democratic colleagues for their continued support. She pledged to make Albany an example of good government. “We will not allow partisan bickering to obstruct our efforts to serve our constituents and together we will give all New Yorkers the responsible and productive government they deserve.”

January 8, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

“Minimum wage earners throughout New York State continue to struggle to make ends meet and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Though our lowest paid workers will get a small wage increase today​ they will not reach a scheduled $9.00​ per hour until New Year’s Day 2016. New York​ could and should do better. The Senate Democratic Conference will continue to fight for a real minimum wage increase.​"

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December 31, 2014
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Passing of Former Senator Owen Johnson

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Owen Johnson. Senator Johnson was a true gentleman who provided decades of service to the residents of New York State.  As a colleague and friend, I am truly grateful for the kindness and respect Owen showed me during our time together in the State Senate. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and loved ones.”

December 24, 2014
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Stewart-Cousins' Statement on the Hydraulic Fracturing Decision

I applaud Governor Cuomo for allowing the science regarding hydraulic fracturing to determine if drilling should be allowed in New York and I commend the experts at the State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health for their diligent work on this matter. The Senate Democratic Conference has been a leader in the fight to protect our state’s natural resources and New Yorkers’ health and we are glad that Governor Cuomo’s administration stands united with us in this effort.

December 17, 2014
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Press Release: Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On Need For Ethics Reforms In Special Session

The Senate Democratic Conference has consistently called for common sense ethics and campaign reforms and we agree with Governor Cuomo in his call for passing these initiatives immediately. As with all progressive legislation, including the NY-SAFE Act, the Compassionate Care Act, and Marriage Equality, the Senate Democratic Conference stands ready to provide the necessary support to ensure passage.  Ethics and campaign finance reforms should not be a partisan issue. We will continue our fight to clean up Albany and pass strong ethics reforms and we look forwarding to working with any state leader who will join us in these efforts.

December 16, 2014
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Press Release: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces 2014 Regional Economic Development Council Awards in the 35th State Senate District

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Conference Leader, is pleased to announce that major funding for several key projects in the 35th District are part of the grant awards announced Thursday through the Regional Economic Development Councils. The Saw Mill River Daylighting, Phase III in downtown Yonkers, a major art exhibition in White Plains, and a pedestrian/cycle bridge over Andre Brook in Tarrytown are among the numerous projects receiving state economic development dollars in the Mid-Hudson Region. This seven county region that includes Westchester is considered a “Top Performer,” and will receive $82.8 million this year.

December 12, 2014
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Press Release: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Re-elected as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference

Albany, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers was re-elected as the Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference in Albany on Tuesday.

“I am honored and humbled to be re-elected by my Democratic Senate colleagues, and I thank them for their continued trust and support,” said Senate Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins. “As the Senate Minority Leader in 2015, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the State Senate, as well as the State Assembly and Governor Cuomo.”

Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins continues in her history-making leadership role. She became the first female leader of a legislative conference in New York State history in 2012 when her colleagues first elected her Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference.

December 10, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Reforms To Criminal Justice System

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today announced the introduction of legislation to reform the state’s criminal justice system and address incidents of police-caused fatalities. This initiative was introduced following a grand jury’s decision not to bring charges against a police officer who caused the death of an unarmed civilian and will implement a permanent Office of Special Investigation to review similar cases in the future. The Senate Democratic Conference also issued a call for funds to be provided in the 2015-2016 State Budget for law enforcement institutions to invest in wearable video cameras.

December 9, 2014
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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 11:20 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

 

December 8, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces Scarsdale Reserve Fund Bill Now Law

Scarsdale, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed into law bill (S7322-2013) that allows the Scarsdale Union Free School District to maintain a health insurance reserve fund, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

November 24, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arb

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:30 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

November 20, 2014
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Press Release: Statements from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins And Senate Higher Education Committee Ranker Toby Ann Stavisky

Albany, NY - In response to recent statements and reports that the Senate Republican Conference does not support common sense initiatives to confront the sexual assault epidemic impacting college campuses in New York, Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senate Higher Education Committee Ranking Member Toby Ann Stavisky issued the following statements:

November 12, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Recognizes 12-Year-Old Jake Gallin of New Rochelle for His Initiative to Honor Military Families This Veterans Day

New Rochelle, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, used the phone to connect via the school's public address system, to make a special announcement to students at the Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle in honor of Veterans Day, and gave 12-year-old Jake Gallin a Certificate of Recognition for his “Stars for Cars” initiative to assist and recognize military families.

November 10, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces Completion of NY Works Bridge Project in Elmsford

Elmsford, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, announced today completion of the $21.7 million NY Works Project to replace the north and southbound bridges carrying the Sprain Brook Parkway over Route 119 in the village of Elmsford.

“Motorists in my district can now enjoy a smoother, safer ride over the Sprain Brook Parkway in Elmsford,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “The completion of this NY Works project is part of our commitment to invest in infrastructure for the future of our state. Another plus is that in order to do so, some 500 people were employed, providing a boost to the local economy.”

November 3, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Delivers Long-Awaited State Grant to the New Rochelle Day Nursery School

New Rochelle, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, announced today during a news conference at the New Rochelle Day Nursery School that she was able to cut through legislative red tape to deliver a $12,000 state grant awarded in the 2011-12 Budget year for a new boiler. Senator Stewart-Cousins learned about the problem during her office’s mobile constituent hours in New Rochelle in April.

October 31, 2014
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