"Creating more jobs and helping people get to those jobs are two major priorities being addressed by the New NY Bridge Project and the Mass Transit Task Force. By targeting key employment centers like Yonkers, Tarrytown, White Plains, Valhalla and more, the recommendations will help spur smart economic growth and sustainability for the region and assist residents looking to climb the ladder of success."
Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference on February 4th announced the introduction of three bills relating to the New York State minimum wage. These three pieces of legislation would enable local governments to raise the minimum wage in their localities, expedite the increase of the state’s minimum wage, and end the corporate tax credit for employers who pay workers the minimum wage.
The Senate Democratic Conference will hold a press conference today, February 4th 2014 at 1:00 PM, to announce the introduction of legislation relating to the New York State minimum wage and call for immediate Senate action.
WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference
“I congratulate the Speaker and the Assembly for passing the comprehensive, 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda.
“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. It is now time for the Senate Coalition to act and to pass the entire 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda.”
“It is clear from today’s Senate hearing that there are serious concerns about the Common Core curriculum, which is why I have been calling for a moratorium on the consequences for Common Core. There is overwhelming evidence that we are moving at too fast a pace and not giving our teachers and students proper training in these new principles. While the goals of Common Core are commendable and the methods to implement those goals are innovative, the fact remains that this new curriculum is untested and not performing adequately.
“For too long our middle class has been stifled by crushing property taxes, and the Senate Democratic Conference will work with the Governor to achieve greater tax fairness while ensuring state government provides increased and expanded education and health care services. Last year, my conference advanced a common sense ethics reform package which included public financing of elections, and I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to achieve these goals. New Yorkers deserve a government worthy of their trust, and passing a fiscally sensible budget that includes important reforms is an excellent first step.”
Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today announced the introduction of legislation to hold the state’s Primary Election day for state and federal offices in June. This billwould save state and local governments $50 million by holding a single primary election andmoving Primary Election day from the month of September.
“This is a common sense and good government approach to save our local taxpayers at least $50million and will help increase voter turnout, giving more people a voice in the electoral process ,” Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.
“The Senate Democratic Conference has long called for common-sense reforms to the state’s tax code and the need to reduce the burden placed on New York’s families and businesses. I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to achieve these goals. My colleagues in Senate Democratic Conference have already been urging for many of the recommendations included in today’s commission report, including passage of a property tax circuit breaker and the immediate elimination of the 18-A energy surcharge. We will continue our efforts to ensure New York is a state where families and businesses thrive.”
“This preliminary report details common -sense steps to clean up Albany. As evidenced by our own package of reforms introduced last year, Senate Democratic Conference members have been staunch advocates for many of these recommendations. We look forward to helping restore the public's trust in government.”
Albany, NY - Democratic State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was honored on Friday, October 25th by Family Planning Advocates of New York State at their annual recognition luncheon. Leader Stewart-Cousins was given the Shirley Gordon Public Policy Leadership award in recognition of her leadership of the Senate Democratic Conference and her dedication to progressive, common sense approaches to ensuring that safe reproductive health care is always available to the women of New York.
Ulster County, NY - Recognizing the importance of the agriculture sector to the New York economy, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Senator Toby-Ann Stavisky toured various Ulster County farms. Senator Tkaczyk helped organize this event to better demonstrate how vital agriculture is for the local and statewide economy and for legislators to gain a deeper appreciation of the challenges facing small family farms.
Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Toby-Ann Stavisky will tour upstate farms in Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s Senate district on Wednesday. Senator Tkaczyk helped organize this event to better demonstrate how vital agriculture is for the local and statewide economy and for legislators to gain a deeper appreciation of the challenges facing small family farms.
Who: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk Senator Toby-Ann Stavisky
Yonkers, NY - Democratic State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was honored on October 2nd by the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee at their Fall Luncheon. Leader Stewart-Cousins was given the Trailblazer of Democracy award for her leadership of the Senate Democratic Conference and her dedication to progressive, common sense approaches to ensuring social and economic justice for all New Yorkers. Leader Stewart-Cousins’ fellow honorees at the luncheon were former-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and civil rights activists Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan.
Greenburgh, NY - One of the most dangerous intersections in Westchester County will receive a much needed safety improvement this year and a law sponsored by Greenburgh’s State Legislators and signed by Governor Cuomo Friday made it possible.
The law, sponsored by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins in the Senate and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti in the Assembly, authorizes small parcels of Westchester County parkland adjacent to the intersection of Jackson Avenue and North Sprain Road in Hastings to be used to straighten a dangerous "S curve” which has caused over 80 accidents and two deaths over the last three years. The Legislators introduced the law at the request of Westchester County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky.
Event Co-Hosted by Senator Stewart-Cousins, Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovations and Attorney General Schneiderman's Office Offers Information about Budgeting, Credit Issues and Mortgage Modifications
Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) co-hosted a “Financial Fitness Workshop," Tuesday at the Riverfront Library, to help individuals and homeowners learn how to take control of their finances. The Senator co-hosted the event with Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovations and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office.
Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF - 35th District) will co-host a "Financial Fitness Workshop" with the Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovations and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Office this evening at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. The event will offer information about personal budgeting, credit issues, mortgage modification and refinancing options. All presentations and materials will be available in Spanish.
Who: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovations, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Office
“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.”