Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Press releases

SENATE ACTS TO PROTECT NURSES FROM VIOLENCE; Legislation Raises Assault Penalty to Class C or D

           State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that the Senate approved legislation strengthening the penalties for individuals who injure or attempt to injure nurses while on duty.  The bill renders penalty for assault on registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) a class C or D felony.

January 26, 2010
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR NON PROFITS; Federal Transit Administration Grant Program Application and Workshops Available

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has released the Section 5310 Grant Program application and workshop schedule. Section 5310 Program assists for not-for-profit organizations in the purchase of vehicles to meet the transportation needs of elderly individuals and persons with disabilities.

January 20, 2010
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Listed Below are Several Ways to Help the Victims of the Tragedy in Haiti

For Donations:• American Red Cross International

Donation Phone #: (800) HELP-NOW     Website: http://redcross.org 

January 15, 2010
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NYS Conference of Black Senators offer their support and prayers to the families and friends affected by this terrible natural disaster in Haiti

Members of the NYS Conference of Black Senators sent messages of prayers and support today, to families and friends that have been affected by the tragic earthquake that took place south of Port-Au Prince, Haiti yesterday.

January 15, 2010
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: LANDMARK SENATE FORECLOSURE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW; New Law Protects Homeowners, Prevents Similar Crises From Happening In The Future

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th Senate District) joined Governor Paterson today for a bill signing ceremony enacting landmark Senate legislation which protects homeowners from the ongoing foreclosure crisis, Senate bill 66007. 

December 22, 2009
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Working to Establish Open and Transparent Government

Joint Advisory Board of State Government Proceedings Concludes Public Meetings

The New York State Legislature Joint Advisory Board on the Broadcast of State Government Proceedings (the “Joint Advisory Board”) has concluded an initial round of public meetings on the current legislative channel and the expansion of its programming.

December 16, 2009
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SENATE FIGHTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUNK DRIVERS; Passes bipartisan legislation increasing penalties for DWI with child passenger

(Albany, NY) Today, the Senate passed landmark legislation drastically increasing the penalty for any person who drives intoxicated with a child passenger. Two recent fatal incidents involving intoxicated drivers with child passengers have highlighted the need for stronger measures to prevent or punish persons who drive intoxicated with children as passengers.  The legislation, sponsored by Senators Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and cosponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A.

November 18, 2009
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Westchester Hearing On Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

Westchester County—Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, and Senators Suzi Oppenheimer (D-37th District) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35th District) will commence the Senate’s final regional budget oversight hearing Thursday to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local healthcare and educational services, as well as other program supported by the state.

November 3, 2009
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins: Westchester County Department of Social Services to Receive over $400,000 in Green Jobs Program Funding; Grant to be Used to Provide "Green" Industry Job Skills Training

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announcedtoday that the Westchester County Department of Social Services was awarded$475,100 under the “Green Jobs/Green New York program.  The grant will beadministered through the New York State Office of Temporary DisabilityAssistance (OTDA).

October 15, 2009
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Election Reform Measure Directs Voters To Proper Polling Place

ALBANY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF–35) says her legislation, Senate bill 2443-B, was unanimously approved by the Senate during Friday’s Special Senate Session. The bill, requires polling places to have on hand the information necessary to direct voters to their proper voting places.

September 15, 2009
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SENATE APPROVES SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS’ ELECTION REFORM BILL -- Measure to Ensure Every Vote Gets Counted

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announcedtoday that her legislation, Senate bill 2443-B, was unanimously approved bythe Senate during yesterday’s Special Senate Session.  The bill, requirespolling places to have on hand the information necessary to direct votersto their proper voting places.

September 11, 2009
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SENATOR STEWART-COUSINS and ASSEMBLYMAN SPANO SPONSOR ANNUAL SENIOR HEALTH FAIR

             Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/ WF, 35th District) and Assemblyman Mike Spano (D-C-WF, Yonkers)  hosted their annual Senior Health Fair at Coyne Park Senior Center on Thursday, October 22.  Yonkers senior citizens who attended the event were met by several medical providers with important information and services as well as influenza and pneumonia shots administered by the Westchester County Department of Health.

September 11, 2009
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SENATOR STEWART-COUSINS: YONKERS WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT TO GET “GREEN” MAKEOVER

              State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that Westchester County will receive federal stimulus funding in the amount of $234,000 earmarked for the installation of energy efficient components at the Yonkers waste water treatment facility.

September 11, 2009
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Historic RehabilitationTax Credit Signed Into Law

The Senate’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (S6056) was signed into law today by Governor Paterson, establishing a nationally competitive rehabilitation and preservation program that will benefit property owners and communities who seek to renovate properties that are run down and dilapidated.

July 29, 2009
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Senator Stewart-Cousins: Governor signs “Jimmy Nolan’s Law” 9/11 workers to get the benefits they deserve

            Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF-Westchester) announced that Governor Paterson signed “Jimmy Nolan’s Law”, extending the time that 9/11 workers can file compensation claims for injuries suffered from participating in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery or cleanup operations.

July 22, 2009
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: SENATE APPROVES BILL TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FAMILY COURT JUDGE IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

            State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that the Senate has approved legislation that provides for additional family court judges throughout New York State, including one additional family court judge for Westchester County.  Senate bill 5968 was approved with bipartisan support.

July 22, 2009
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Senate Passes Ban On Texting While Driving

(Albany, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate passed S3619A/Dilan,  legislation that will make New York’s roads and highways safer by, among other provisions, banning the practice of texting and using other electronic devices while driving. In addition to the texting ban, the legislation includes a number of important provisions that will make the roadways safer by implementing sensible requirements for young drivers, including:

July 16, 2009
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on Senate Stalemate

Dear Friends,

Please allow me to take this opportunity to share some important information with you. As you know, I ran for the New York State Senate on a platform of real reform. The events that have recently taken place in Albany are frustrating, and many of you have expressed to me that you share my frustration. However, there is a very important point here, one that you won’t necessarily extract from the daily headlines about “coups” and “power grabs” and “crises” in our newspapers or on local television news.

July 7, 2009
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: SENATE APPROVES GREEN JOBS/GREEN NEW YORK INITIATIVE; Job creation program promotes energy savings and will revitalize distressed communities

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that the Senate, in a bipartisan manner, approved Senate bill 5888, which aims to rebuild New York’s crippled economy and assist energy consumers.  The measure, entitled “The Green Jobs/Green NY Act of 2009", will create 14,000 jobs by providing the means to

July 7, 2009
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Permit Parking for East Yonkers Neighborhood Signed Into Law; Residents near Yonkers Raceway gain access to parking close to home

              Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF-Yonkers) and Assemblyman Mike Spano (D/C/WF-Yonkers) held a press conference today announcing that legislation they sponsored has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson. The legislation establishes a residential permit parking system near Yonkers Raceway/Empire City.They were joined by the Lincoln Park Taxpayers Association and other local residents.

June 5, 2009
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