Yonkers, NY - Members of the Yonkers State Delegation, which includes Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, Senator George Latimer, Assembly Members Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow, were joined by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, to announce $285,000 combined funding from state and federal resources toward creation of a new state-of-the-art technology center at the Yonkers Public Library Riverfront Branch.
Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, and Assembly Member Shelley Mayer toured expanded pre-kindergarten classrooms at Sacred Heart School in Yonkers today, made possible through the state’s Universal Pre-K Funding Program that they voted for in the 2014 State Budget. Sacred Heart has been able to add 120 pre-kindergarten slots and 100 other seats were added at two other Catholic Schools also located in Yonkers, as part of the $2.2 million state education grant awarded to the Catholic School Region of Central Westchester.
Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law that provides enhanced fraud protections for those seeking immigrant services. The measure also establishes the New York State Office for New Americans (NYSONA) as a permanent executive office of State government. The Office for New Americans is the first state-level immigrant office created by statute in the country. The legislation passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support.
Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, has written to the New York State Public Service Commission in opposition to the proposed United Water New Rochelle rate increase in advance of a public hearing on the matter to be held tomorrow evening.
Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, was joined by Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams, and the President of Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., Hiroki Iwasaki, to announce final approval of a $500,000 state grant to keep the company and 375 employees in Yonkers.
It is hard to believe that it has only been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law, following hundreds of years of discrimination against black Americans in the most basic human rights including education, housing, and employment.
Today serves as a reminder to all Americans that the Civil Rights movement and this landmark legislation opened the doors of inclusion regardless of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.
Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Inside City Hall tonight airing at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PMfollowed by Capital Tonight airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.
WHAT: Interview on Inside City Hall & Interview on Capital Tonight
WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced passage of legislation to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State.
Prior to voting for the bill, Senator Stewart-Cousins said, “I hope that everyone who has taken the time, pushed this rock up the hill, understands that we could never have done it without you. Our hats off, much gratitude. Let’s get this done.”
The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.
“Within the last decade opioid use, particularly among young adults, has risen at an alarming and unacceptable rate,” Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “We have a responsibility to combat this addictive and deadly substance and educate the public against its use. Today's announcement is a step in the right direction and these laws will be an effective tool in fighting the heroin and opioid scourge that our state is facing. "
Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced along with Governor Andrew Cuomo that special education providers in the 35th State Senate District are among those statewide who will be getting a 3.8% increase in reimbursement rates. These schools, a majority of which are located within Westchester County, serve the diverse and complex needs of students outside of the traditional school settings. These students need assistance due to emotional or physical disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, or trauma, or because of their involvement with the juvenile justice, social service or child welfare system.
Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today released a comprehensive report detailing the economic benefits New York State would receive from authorizing a minimum wage local option. The Senate Democratic Conference also urged for immediate passage of legislation that would allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.
Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will be joined by minimum wage activists to push for Senate passage of legislation to allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.
WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Members of the Senate Democratic Conference, Minimum Wage Activists
Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today held a public forum on the New York State DREAM Act. This legislation will would provide access to state-funded financial aid (TAP) and scholarships to qualifying undocumented youth as they seek to attend higher education institutions. Forum participants were provided testimony by fiscal and education experts, as well as undocumented youth who would qualify for education aid if the DREAM Act passed into law.
“Heroin and opioid abuse is not a Republican or Democratic issue and I am glad my colleagues in the Republican-led coalition are helping work toward solutions. I look forward to working with them to help pass both our previously released package of bills and their bills. We as a state have a responsibility to join together to combat this addictive and deadly substance.”
Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Inside City Hall with Errol Louis tonight airing at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM followed by Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.
WHAT: Interview on Inside City Hall With Errol Louis Interview on Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin
WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins