Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Press releases

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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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $8 MILLION IN RESTORE NY GRANTS FOR THE CITY OF YONKERS; Yonkers Awarded $8.9 million for Two Rehabilitation Projects

              Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee announced two grants totaling $8.9 million for the City of Yonkers as part of the third round of Restore NY grant program.   The

May 28, 2009
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Measure To Assist Unemployed New Yorkers

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – 35th District) announced today that the Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation that extends unemployment benefits for thousands of New Yorkers. The bill, Senate 4110-A, provides benefits for an additional 13 weeks.

“During these difficult economic times, working families are struggling to make ends meet,” stated Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “For the unemployed, the struggle is even greater, therefore, I was pleased to vote in favor of this important bill that will help so many of New York’s families.”

May 20, 2009
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SENATE HONORS ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – 35th District) welcomed three Roosevelt High School students, their teachers, advisors and fellow students to the State Capitol in Albany to honor their selfless contributions to their peers and communities.

May 18, 2009
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: SENATE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW ALLOWS PATIENTS GREATER FLEXIBILITY; Organ Donor can Designate Non-relative to Consent to Donation

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) applauded the Governor’s approval of Senate bill 3910, which allows patients greater choice and control over who can determine their status as an organ donor.

May 12, 2009
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LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS & ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE SPANO TO HELP PRESERVE PARKING NEAR RACEWAY CLEARS BOTH HOUSES OF THE LEGISLATURE; Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

             State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) and Assemblyman Mike Spano (D/C/WF – Yonkers) announced today that legislation they sponsored together was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and Assembly.  Senate bill 4392A/Assembly bill 5493A will resolve the ongoing parking problem for residents in East Yonkers by establishing a residential parking permit system near the Yonkers Raceway and Empire City at Yonkers Raceway.

May 1, 2009
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Funding Secured in Budget For Violence Prevention Program

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – 35th District) announced today that the Senate has launched a new program designed to cut down on illegal guns and gang violence that plagues our communities.

“Since the beginning of the year, in Yonkers alone, there have been over twenty incidents of gun violence,” stated Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – 35th District). “Gun and gang violence is on the rise and aggressively addressing this issue through prevention efforts is in everyone’s best interest.”

April 28, 2009
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Yonkers Delegation: Final Budget Increases Aid to Education for Yonkers Schools

Budget avoids funding cuts to Yonkers

The Yonkers State Legislative delegation announced that the final state budget agreement avoids drastic cuts to the Yonkers Public Schools and the City of Yonkers which were originally proposed in the Executive budget.

April 1, 2009
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS JOINED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL ANDREW CUOMO AT TOWN HALL FORUM; Information on the New York Local Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act Provided to Public

           State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo conducted a public and press event on Tuesday at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla. The meeting highlighted the provisions of the New York Local Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act, a program bill from the Attorney General which Senator Stewart- Cousins sponsored in the State Senate.

January 12, 2009
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: SENATE REFORMS ENACTED; State Senate More Transparent & Fair; Public to be Better Informed

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) applauded the passage of several rules reform recommendations put forward by the Temporary Senate  Commission on Rules Reform of which the Senator served as a member.  “As a member of the Task Force, I am pleased to see many of the Task Force recommendations have been enacted and the result will improve efficiency, transparency, and fairness in the State Senate.  This is a crucial step along the road to real, substantive government reform,” stated Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

January 11, 2009
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: MAJOR BIOTECH COMPANY TO LOCATE OPERATIONS IN GREENBURGH; OSI Pharmaceutical to Create Nearly 400 New Jobs

    State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Melville, New York will locate part of its operations in the former Perdue Pharma complex in the Village of Ardsley within the Town of Greenburgh.

January 9, 2009
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Arts Grants for State Funding for Several Westchester County Organizations

    Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF, 35th District) announced that several Westchester County Arts organizations will receive funding totaling approximately $360,000. 

January 7, 2009
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS ON CONDOMINIUM ASSESSMENT LEGISLATION, S1706-A

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) expressed her strong opposition to Senate Bill 1706-A, which, if enacted, would change the way the property taxes are assessed for cooperatives and condominiums in Westchester County.  “As Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee, I have made the decision not to advance this bill and have no intention to do so in the future,” Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.

January 5, 2009
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION BILL PASSES SENATE; Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Advances Attorney General’s Program Bill in Senate with Bipartisan Support

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D - 35th District), Chair of the SenateLocal Government Committee announced today that the Senate has approved  landmark legislation she sponsors that will empower citizens and local officials across the State of New York to significantly reduce the size and cost of government while increasing its efficiency and reducing the property tax burden. 

January 4, 2009
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