Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Press releases

Ethics Reform Package Press Conference

On Tuesday, May 6th, Andrea Stewart-Cousins released a broad sweeping campaign ethics reform package that would clean up Albany. The nine bill package is sponsored by Senators Stewart-Cousins, Gianaris, Breslin, Gipson, Krueger, O’Brien, Rivera, Squadron, and Tkaczyk. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins bill would create a system for public financing of campaigns and increase the requirements of campaign donations disclosures.

May 7, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference To Unveil Comprehensive Ethics Legislative Package

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of ten bills to combat corruption in state government and promote ethical leadership in New York State.

May 5, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins And Democratic Senators Urge Against Federal Actions That Will Hike Utility Costs For Hudson Valley Consumers

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and members of the Senate Democratic Conference yesterday sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging a reversal of the decision to create a new energy capacity zone for the Lower Hudson River Valley which will cause a dramatic increase in rates for consumers.

May 1, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Action to Combat the Rising Heroin Crisis

Legislation Would Increase Penalties for the Sale of Opioids; Provide Local Rehabilitation Services; Extend Insurance Coverage; Reduce Overdoses and Teen Heroin Abuse

April 29, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference To Unveil Legislative Package To Combat Heroin Epidemic

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of six bills to combat the growing heroin epidemic impacting communities throughout New York State. These six pieces of legislation will  increase penalties for selling opioids that result in death, equip first responders with overdose-stopping drugs, require health insurance providers to cover rehabilitation and anti-addiction medications, create a teen heroin abuse PSA campaign and provide opioid rehabilitation services in communities.

April 28, 2014
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Press Release: Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Passing Of Basil Paterson

“It is with deep sadness that I extend my condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of Basil Paterson. Basil was a trailblazer, serving as New York’s first African-American Secretary of State, and his strength and leadership was essential in the fight to make New York into a better and more equal state. He was a bold public figure who inspired a generation to follow in his footsteps, most notably our former Senate Democratic leader, and the 55th governor of New York State, Basil’s son David A. Paterson. Basil will be sorely missed but his legacy will live on and continue to make New York a better state for our children and their children.”

April 17, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Increased CHIPS Funding

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) announced today that the 2014-15 NYS Budget included a $40 million increase in CHIPS funding to help local governments pay for road repairs caused by the extreme winter weather. The additional funding increased this year’s CHIPS spending to $438 million Statewide.

The County of Westchester will be receiving $2,817,055.24 in CHIPS funding, an increase of $91,199.37 over the previous year. Municipalities in the 35th Senate District will receive a total of $5.5 million in CHIPS funding an increase of receive $487,000 over last year.

April 8, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Releases Schedule of Mobile Constituent Service Hours Throughout Her District

Yonkers, NY - The Office of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be holding “Mobile Constituent Service Hours” in locations throughout her district starting this week. During these times, the Senator’s staff will be available to take questions, address concerns or intervene on behalf of constituents on a variety of issues. The Senator’s office can help with issues pertaining to…

April 7, 2014
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Press Release: Statement from Yonkers Legislative Delegation Regarding 2014-15 Budget

“Yonkers is facing a fiscal crisis that requires immediate action. The final state budget will include $17 million dollars for the Yonkers Public Schools, an increase of 7.67% over last year’s amount. This is a higher percentage increase than any of the big five school districts. In addition, by passing the Education bill, we will be taking the needed steps to address the crisis while expanding state oversight over both the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers School District.

March 31, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honors Joshua Colas, Youngest African American Chess Master in History

Albany, NY - On Tuesday, March 25th, the New York State Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to honor White Plains resident, Joshua Colas. Mr. Colas, who was in the Senate Chamber with his father Guy Colas as the resolution passed, earned the title of Chess Master in December 2010, becoming the youngest African American Chess Master in history at the age of eleven.

March 26, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show this morning at 10:30 AM. Click here to listen LIVE! 

WHAT: Interview on The Brian Lehrer Show 

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25th 2014 at 10:30 AM

March 25, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Capital Tonight this evening airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT: Interview on Capital Tonight

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, March 24, 2014 airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM

March 24, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on the Capitol Pressroom

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on the Capitol Pressroom today at 11:06 AM.

WHAT: Interview on the Capitol Pressroom

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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March 24, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honors The Marching Cobras

Albany, NY - On Tuesday March 18, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) sponsored a resolution adopted by the Senate honoring the accomplishments of the Marching COBRAS of New York. Thirteen members of the band – mostly from the Yonkers School District or St. Christopher’s School in Dobbs Ferry – and three coaches travelled to Albany to be recognized as the Senate passed the resolution.

March 19, 2014
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Press Release: Statement From Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding DBE Participation on the New NY Bridge

"The Tappan Zee Bridge is the largest infrastructure project in the nation and will be a key driver of our region's economic growth. With a goal of 10% disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation - or $314 million - there are ample opportunities for local small businesses, including those owned by minorities and women, to work on the New NY Bridge. It is critical to make sure disadvantaged businesses get a foot in the door with so much economic opportunity at the doorstep," said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF - 35th District).

March 12, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on the Capitol Pressroom

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on the Capitol Pressroom today at 11:06 AM.

WHAT: Interview on the Capitol Pressroom

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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March 12, 2014
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Press Release: Citing Frustration over Common Core Implementation, Senator Stewart-Cousins Will Vote Against Incumbent Regents

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced she will be voting against four incumbent members of the Board of Regents that are up for re-confirmation by the State legislature this year. The Senator cited the anger and frustration of parents with the Regents’ handling of the Common Core roll-out and the need for accountability as reasons for her vote against the four incumbents.

March 7, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Capital Tonight this evening airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT: Interview on Capital Tonight

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM

March 4, 2014
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Media Advisory: Women Legislators and Groups Join in Support of Fair Elections Press Event: Wednesday, March 5th in Albany!

Albany, NY - Please join the Fair Elections for New York Campaign, Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Members of the New York State Senate and Assembly, and women's rights advocates to call for Fair Elections, a public financing system for state elections in the final 2014 budget.

Fair Elections is supported by a vast majority of women in the New York State Senate and Assembly, and is a women's issue that can be accomplished in this budget.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

TIME: 12:00 noon

March 3, 2014
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Press Release: Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Tappan Zee Bridge's Mass Transit Task Force's Final Report

"I was honored to serve on the Tappan Zee Bridge Mass Transit Task Force throughout this past year and am proud that all stakeholders were able to come to a consensus and create a quality report. I have been calling for bus rapid transit service to be a component of the new Tappan Zee Bridge and I-287 corridor since the project was fast-tracked in 2011. When fully implemented, the proposals in this report will help satisfy many of the transit needs of my constituents in Westchester and throughout the region. A fully operational BRT system will also maximize the economic impact of the New New York Bridge by creating transit oriented development opportunities in Westchester and Rockland.

February 28, 2014
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