Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Press releases

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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LOIS TAPLIN BRONZ NAMED NEW YORK STATE SENATE CONTEMPORARY WOMAN OF DISTINCTION; Honored at Celebration Today in Albany

    State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th Senate District) announced today that Lois Taplin Bronz of Greenburgh, Westchester County has been chosen to be this year’s New York State Senate Contemporary Woman of Distinction.  Ms. Bronz was in Albany today to accept the honor at the Senate Woman of Distinction Celebration.  The Program was created as part of the Senate's Celebration of Women’s History Month.

January 4, 2009
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Local Government Consolidation Measure Takes First Major Step;Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Introduces and Advances Attorney General’s Program Bill in Senate with Bipartisan Support

    State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D - 35th District), Chair, SenateLocal Government Committee announced today that she and Senator Elizabeth O’C Little have introduced landmark legislation 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.  The Senator also announced that the measure was approved today by the Senate Local Government Committee.

January 2, 2009
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Funding Announced for Local Justice Courts

(Albany, NY) – Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was advised by New York State’s Chief Administration Judge, Ann Pfau, that five justice courts in the 35th Senate District have been awarded grants under the State’s Justice Court Assistance Program. Justice Courts in the town of Mount Pleasant and the villages of Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Pleasantville, and Tarrytown will receive these grants to undertake renovations, purchase equipment to improve their operations and make their facilities more secure.

November 30, 2008
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As Summer Draws To A Close, Remember Back-to-School Immunizations

  August is Recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month

Calling it "one of the most important things you can do to prepare your child for school," State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester County) today reminded New Yorkers that as summer draws to a close, it’s time to make sure their child’s back-to-school immunizations are up to date. Immunizations protect children against serious, vaccine-preventable diseases.

August 21, 2008
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Legislation to Establish Maximum Temperatures in School Buildings and Indoor Facilities

--Recent heat wave resulted in intolerable and unhealthy classroom conditions— 

June 25, 2008
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Task Force On Alternative Funding And Fiscal Reform For Public Education

The task force on alternative funding and fiscal reform for public education (“AFFIRM Ed”) was established by Senator Stewart-Cousins to address concerns of school superintendents, boards of education, teachers, parents, and residents of the 35th District regarding public education funding. 

May 16, 2008
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Task Force on Alternative Funding and Fiscal Reform For Public Education (AFFIRM Ed) Holds Town Hall Meeting

--Public Meeting from 5:00-8:00pm at Greenburgh Town Hall for Citizens to Provide Comments on Task Force Objectives ---

May 14, 2008
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces That NYS Legislature Secured Over $228 Million In School Aid For Yonkers Public Schools

--Increased school aid follows Senator Stewart-Cousins’ recent announcement of $20 million additional “Spin-up” Aid to City of Yonkers to avert financial crisis--

On the heels of Senator Stewart-Cousins’ announcement last week of $20 million dollars in spin-up funding for the City of Yonkers, she announced today that the City of Yonkers will receive additional funding for the Yonkers public school system.

April 9, 2008
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Testimony: Hearing of the Commission On Real Property Tax Fairness

Chairman Suozzi and Distinguished Members of the Commission, thank you for the opportunity to speak before you today.

The task you have been given is monumental, though it can be easily articulated. You have been charged with finding ways to provide real property tax relief to New York State residents without jeopardizing our ability to provide the quality of education necessary for our children to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.

March 6, 2008
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Family-to-Family Holiday Celebration in Yonkers

(35th District, NY) – The generosity and good cheer of the holiday season was evident today as State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins hosted a special Family to Family Holiday Celebration today at the Riverfront Library in the City of Yonkers.

December 21, 2007
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Applauds NY State Housing Grant For Children's Village

( 35th District, NY) - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins applauded the recent announcement by the Governor that Children's Village has been approved for a $4.9 financing grant to renovate 112 affordable housing units located on its Dobbs Ferry campus. The funding is part of larger financing package that is providing a total of $43.9 million from two state housing agencies toward constructing or renovating 800 affordable housing units across the state.

December 20, 2007
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Free Middle Class Star Property Tax Rebate Workshops

(35th District, NY) – Questions about the new 2007 Middle Class STAR Rebate? Get the answers you need at the STAR Rebate workshops sponsored by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers). The workshops are free and open to the public. A workshop was held in Greenburgh on August 13, and now other locations have been added in Mount Pleasant and Yonkers.

Senator Stewart-Cousins’ free STAR Rebate workshops will be held at the following locations:

August 21st Mt. Pleasant Library

350 Bedford Road, Pleasantville

August 23rd Grinton I. Will Library

August 14, 2007
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Marks Women’s History Month

(35th District, NY) —Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins inspired women throughout the tri-state area in person and over the airwaves in recognition of International Women’s Day. On Thursday, March 8th, Senator Stewart-Cousins served as a panelist at the Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon at the YWCA in White Plains.

March 19, 2007
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