Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Press releases

Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the 9/11 Anniversary

“Twelve years ago today our state, nation and way of life were attacked by terrorists intent on striking fear into the hearts of all Americans. As we remember those we lost on that fateful day, we must also take pride in our heroic first responders who bravely rushed into harm’s way to help their fellow New Yorkers. Their courage, dedication and selflessness should serve as an inspiration and example to us all. We grieve today, and all days, for those we lost, but we should also redouble our efforts to unite as a nation, heal our divisions and serve our fellow citizens.”

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September 11, 2013
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Urges Homeowners To Re-Apply For STAR Exemption

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) announced today that starting August 19th through the end of December, registration to receive the Basic STAR exemption will be open. All resident homeowners who wish to receive the exemption for 2014 and subsequent years must register with the New York State Tax Department as required by new legislation passed this year to eliminate fraud and duplication.

August 30, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Anniversary of the Historic March on Washington

“Today is the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. The fact that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s vision is being marked by the first African-American President reminds us all of the power of his words and the collective efforts of the hundreds of thousands of individuals who joined his call for equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., addressing the crowd and the nation, spoke of a time when peace would reign and when compassion and understanding between all races would be a reality. He taught us that violence never brings permanent peace, hate never brings ever-lasting change, and only compassion, civility, and togetherness will rebuild a broken community.

August 28, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Women's Equality Day

“Today is Women’s Equality Day when we commemorate the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. We have made great strides in achieving full equality for women here in New York but we still have much more work to do. I commend the Governor for his Women's Equality Act legislation. It is unfortunate that the Senate was unable to pass the entire 10-point Act.

August 26, 2013
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Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on the Capitol Pressroom

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest onthe Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:05 AM. Click here to tune in LIVE!

What: Interview on the Capitol Pressroom Who: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins When: Thursday, July 25 th 2013 at 11:05 AM

July 25, 2013
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Extended Hours at Yonkers DMV

Yonkers, NY - To better accommodate customers, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) is pleased to announce extended business hours on Monday through Thursday at the Yonkers branch of the Department of Motor Vehicles. The extended hours are part of a statewide pilot program approved by the Legislature this year which seeks to make the Department of Motor Vehicles more accessible and user friendly.

The year-long pilot will determine the hours that are most convenient for customers and the DMV. Results of the pilot will be evaluated to determine if the expanded hours should continue beyond the test period and if additional offices should offer extended hours of operation.

July 24, 2013
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Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on LoHud Editorial Spotlight

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be joining the Editorial Board of The Journal News today for a post-session conversation in a live segment called the Editorial Spotlight. Click here to tune in LIVE!

What: Interview on Journal News Editorial SpotlightWho: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-CousinsWhen: Tuesday, July 23rd at 11:00 AM

July 23, 2013
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding the Voting Down of Choice Amendment

"No one would believe that in 2013 there were not enough Senators willing to vote to protect the health and equality of women.

In 1970, when choice was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. In our state, women’s health has never been a Republican or Democratic issue. I find it shocking that 43 years later not one Senate Republican stood up for women’s equality."

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June 21, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Secures $250,000 Grant for Parking Spaces at Tarrytown Train Station

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins secured a $250,000 grant for the Village of Tarrytown this week to support a parking lot project near the Tarrytown train station.

The grant will reimburse the village for 167 parking spaces built in 2011 on the west side of the tracks near the station.

The grant came from unused transportation funds, known as multi modal funds, awarded to the Village of Tarrytown in 1999 for a separate project.

June 20, 2013
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Legislation Restoring Cuts to People with Developmental Disabilities Passes State Senate

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced passage of legislation in the Senate today to restore funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Under the legislation, people with developmental disabilities and their families will continue to receive services which had been threatened by a $90 million cut to the OPWDD in the 2013-2014 State budget. The cut in State funds would have resulted in an additional loss of federal matching funds, translating to a maximum loss of $180 million to service providers.

June 19, 2013
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Women’s Equality Agenda Being Separated

"Nothing has changed. The women of New York deserve a vote on all 10 points of the Women’s Equality Agenda."

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June 19, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Bringing the Women's Equality Agenda to the Floor

“The Senate Democratic Conference stands with Governor Cuomo in calling for all 10 points of the Women’s Equality Agenda to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Women’s health and equality should not be a Republican or Democratic issue. The women of New York deserve a vote on the entire Women’s Equality Act and deserve to know where their elected officials stand on these important issues.”

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June 17, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Announces Bill Requiring State to Pay for Unfunded Mandates Passes Senate

Albany, NY - A bill that requires the State to fund any mandated program imposed on local governments and school districts passed the Senate Monday with strong support from Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. The bill would protect local municipalities from bearing the cost of programs created and/ or originated by the State and allow local officials to set their own priorities without the possibility of future unfunded mandated programs disrupting their budgets.

June 11, 2013
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Introduction of Governor Cuomo's Women's Equality Act

“All 10 points of this legislative package are crucial for the women of New York including the reproductive health legislation. This legislation simply reconciles state and federal law to protect a woman’s right to choose. In 1970, when the issue of reproductive health was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. Women’s health and equality is not a Republican or Democratic issue. The women of New York deserve a vote on the entire Women’s Equality Act and deserve to know where their elected officials stand on these important issues.”

June 4, 2013
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Honoring the Fallen Men & Women this Memorial Day

Today we honor the courage and sacrifice of those men and women who have fallen in defense of our nation. It is our solemn responsibility to make sure their memories endure and to cherish the freedoms they fought so hard to preserve.

May 27, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins and Democratic Conference Call for Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her colleagues in the Democratic Conference today called for action to enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and require a comprehensive health impact study. The moratorium will provide experts more time to assess concerns about the potential impacts hydrofracking will have on New York’s environment and economy.

May 22, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Inducts Dr. Elliott Palais into 2013 New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Albany, NY - Dr. Elliott Palais of Yonkers was inducted into the New York State Senate Hall of Fame today at a ceremony in Albany. Dr. Palais was nominated by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. He is a veteran of the United State Army and served during the Korean War. He is currently the Secretary for the Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans Organizations.

The New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame is an annual award bestowed upon one veteran from each Senator’s district. The award recognizes outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.

May 22, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Assembly’s Passage of the NYS Dream Act

“I congratulate the Assembly for passing the comprehensive New York State Dream Act. It is now time for the Senate to follow their lead and pass this bill immediately.

“New York’s immigrant population has always been critical to our social, economic, and cultural fabric. Students of good character who, through no fault of their own have resided here for years, deserve an opportunity to achieve and contribute to the American dream. To cut their educational opportunities off deprives us all.”

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May 21, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding the Murder Of Mark Carson

 “As community leaders, legislators and civil rights advocates gather and prepare to stand together and march against hate, I wish to express my outrage at the brutal murder of Mark Carson. No one should feel threatened or live in fear because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. The Senate Democratic Conference will continue to advance progressive legislation to ensure all New Yorkers are provided equal protection and dignity under the law.”

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May 20, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Women’s Equality Agenda

“The Governor’s Women’s Equality Agenda has been discussed and debated the entire session. Any distraction from passing this is unfortunate. The women of New York deserve a vote on the Governor’s full 10 point plan.”

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May 10, 2013
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