Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Press releases

Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Introduces the “Clean Up Albany” Legislative Package

Includes Legislation that Restricts Outside Income, Closes LLC Loophole, Ends State Reimbursements for Legal Defense and Strips Pensions from Corrupt Officials

February 9, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference to Announce Major Ethics Plan and a Cap On Outside Income

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will announce a major ethics reforms legislative package on Monday, February 9, at 12:00 PM.   

WHO: Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference

WHEN: Monday, February 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM

WHERE: Senate Democratic Conference Room, Room 315 Capitol, Albany 

February 9, 2015
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Fatal Train Collision in Valhalla

"This was a horrific tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and those that have been injured. There will be a full investigation into this heartbreaking incident and over the next few days we will find out exactly what happened. Now is the time for all us to support those so deeply affected by this tragedy."

February 4, 2015
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Minority Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on the Election of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

“Speaker Heastie is someone who will lead the Assembly with a steady hand and I congratulate him on his election. This is a historic moment for both the Assembly and State Government as a whole. As we begin Black History Month, it is uplifting that another barrier has finally been broken. I look forward to working with Speaker Heastie to ensure all our state’s residents receive the progressive representation they desire, and offer my full support to him as we all work together to restore the people's trust in government.”

February 3, 2015
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Statement from Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Election of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

“Speaker Heastie is someone who will lead the Assembly with a steady hand and I congratulate him on his election. This is a historic moment for both the Assembly and State Government as a whole. As we begin Black History Month it is uplifting that another barrier has finally been broken. I look forward to working with Speaker Heastie to ensure all our state’s residents receive the progressive representation they desire and offer my full support to him as we all work together to restore the people's trust in government. ”

February 3, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces New Fraud Protections for Immigrants in New York State

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Minority Leader, announced today that enhanced fraud protections for immigrants seeking assistance in New York State became law February 2, 2015.

“New York has a proud history of welcoming immigrants and embracing the contributions they make to our communities,” Senator Stewart-Cousins said. “However, there are also some unscrupulous people offering services to help them adjust to life in New York who take their money and provide little to no assistance. My office has worked with constituents who have had this happen to them. This new law ensures there are protections in place for the often vulnerable newcomers to our country and our state.”

February 2, 2015
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Comunicado de Prensa: La Senadora Stewart-Cousins Anuncia Nuevas Protecciones de Fraude Para Inmigrantes en el Estado de Nueva York

Yonkers, NY - La senadora estatal Andrea Stewart-Cousins, líder de la minoría, ha anunciado que mayores protecciones de fraude para los inmigrantes que buscan asistencia en el estado de Nueva York se convirtieron en ley hoy, 2 de febrero de 2015.

February 2, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces New Fraud Protections for Immigrants in New York State

Yonkers, NY -  State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Minority Leader, announced today that enhanced fraud protections for immigrants seeking assistance in New York State became law February 2, 2015. 

February 2, 2015
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Statement from Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Her Support for Teachers

"There has been too much demonizing of our teachers lately. As a former teacher, I understand firsthand the obstacles that​ many​ New York educators are facing and the resources they so desperately need in order to help our children. ​Schools’ resources ​must be based on ​the school district​ needs​. While we all agree that there are more improvements to be made to our education system, scapegoating teachers will not provide those improvements."

Background: Earlier today Senate Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins was on 'The Morning Show w. Bob Marrone!' on WFAS. During the interview she discussed her views on the need to support teachers and increase state spending for education.

January 29, 2015
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Statement from Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Governor Cuomo's State and Budget Address

"In his State of the State and Budget Address, Governor Cuomo unveiled an ambitious agenda and offered New Yorkers a vision of a stronger, more prosperous state. The Senate Democratic Conference has championed so many of the initiatives the Governor discussed in his speech, including raising the minimum wage, providing property tax relief, implementing stronger legislative ethics, passing the Dream Act and reforming our state’s criminal justice system. The Senate Democratic Conference will continue our fight to ensure all New York students, regardless of what zip code they reside in, have access to the high-quality education they deserve.

January 21, 2015
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Statement from Senator Stewart-Cousins on Tappan Zee Bridge Tolls & Infrastructure Investment

"The new Tappan Zee Bridge is the most ambitious and largest infrastructure investment project in the United States, and, once completed, it will have a positive impact for our community and all of New York State. As this project has progressed, I have consistently called for steps to be taken to ensure the tolls remain as low as possible, as higher tolls would have a negative impact on our local community and the entire state economy. I commend Governor Cuomo for his commitment to invest a portion of bank settlement funds into infrastructure projects like this one, located within my district in Tarrytown, to ease the burden on taxpayers and commuters, and allow New York and its residents to continue on a path toward prosperity."

January 21, 2015
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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the holiday commending the life and extraordinary achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of our nation's most beloved and influential civil rights leaders. 

For many, Dr. King's message of peace, justice and equality resonates this year in graphic ways. Amid nationwide marches, cries for criminal justice reform, and the movie "Selma," we are simultaneously reminded of how far we've come and how far we have yet to go. 

January 19, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:06 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 11:06 AM.

January 14, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Outlines Legislative Priorities in Her 2015 Legislative Session Opening Remarks

Albany, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins took the oath of office Wednesday with her children by her side, continuing her historic leadership role in New York, as the first female legislative conference leader (elected 2012, re-elected 2014), and the first female State Senate Minority Leader.

In her opening remarks delivered on the Senate floor, Senator Stewart-Cousins thanked her constituents for re-electing her and her Democratic colleagues for their continued support. She pledged to make Albany an example of good government. “We will not allow partisan bickering to obstruct our efforts to serve our constituents and together we will give all New Yorkers the responsible and productive government they deserve.”

January 8, 2015
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Minimum Wage

“Minimum wage earners throughout New York State continue to struggle to make ends meet and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Though our lowest paid workers will get a small wage increase today​ they will not reach a scheduled $9.00​ per hour until New Year’s Day 2016. New York​ could and should do better. The Senate Democratic Conference will continue to fight for a real minimum wage increase.​"

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December 31, 2014
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Passing of Former Senator Owen Johnson

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Owen Johnson. Senator Johnson was a true gentleman who provided decades of service to the residents of New York State.  As a colleague and friend, I am truly grateful for the kindness and respect Owen showed me during our time together in the State Senate. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and loved ones.”

December 24, 2014
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Stewart-Cousins' Statement on the Hydraulic Fracturing Decision

"I applaud Governor Cuomo for allowing the science regarding hydraulic fracturing to determine if drilling should be allowed in New York and I commend the experts at the State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health for their diligent work on this matter. The Senate Democratic Conference has been a leader in the fight to protect our state’s natural resources and New Yorkers’ health and we are glad that Governor Cuomo’s administration stands united with us in this effort."

December 17, 2014
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Need for Ethics Reforms in Special Session

"The Senate Democratic Conference has consistently called for common sense ethics and campaign reforms and we agree with Governor Cuomo in his call for passing these initiatives immediately. As with all progressive legislation, including the NY-SAFE Act, the Compassionate Care Act, and Marriage Equality, the Senate Democratic Conference stands ready to provide the necessary support to ensure passage.  Ethics and campaign finance reforms should not be a partisan issue. We will continue our fight to clean up Albany and pass strong ethics reforms and we look forwarding to working with any state leader who will join us in these efforts."

December 16, 2014
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Press Release: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces 2014 Regional Economic Development Council Awards in the 35th State Senate District

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Conference Leader, is pleased to announce that major funding for several key projects in the 35th District are part of the grant awards announced Thursday through the Regional Economic Development Councils. The Saw Mill River Daylighting, Phase III in downtown Yonkers, a major art exhibition in White Plains, and a pedestrian/cycle bridge over Andre Brook in Tarrytown are among the numerous projects receiving state economic development dollars in the Mid-Hudson Region. This seven county region that includes Westchester is considered a “Top Performer,” and will receive $82.8 million this year.

December 12, 2014
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Press Release: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Re-elected as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference

Albany, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers was re-elected as the Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference in Albany on Tuesday.

“I am honored and humbled to be re-elected by my Democratic Senate colleagues, and I thank them for their continued trust and support,” said Senate Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins. “As the Senate Minority Leader in 2015, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the State Senate, as well as the State Assembly and Governor Cuomo.”

Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins continues in her history-making leadership role. She became the first female leader of a legislative conference in New York State history in 2012 when her colleagues first elected her Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference.

December 10, 2014
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