Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Press releases

Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Funding Increase to Support Special Education Providers

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced along with Governor Andrew Cuomo that special education providers in the 35th State Senate District are among those statewide who will be getting a 3.8% increase in reimbursement rates. These schools, a majority of which are located within Westchester County, serve the diverse and complex needs of students outside of the traditional school settings. These students need assistance due to emotional or physical disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, or trauma, or because of their involvement with the juvenile justice, social service or child welfare system.

June 10, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Release Minimum Wage Report And Push For Local Minimum Wage Option

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today released a comprehensive report detailing the economic benefits New York State would receive from authorizing a minimum wage local option. The Senate Democratic Conference also urged for immediate passage of legislation that would allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

June 2, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Releases Minimum Wage Report And Pushes For Passage Of Local Minimum Wage Option

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will be joined by minimum wage activists to push for Senate passage of legislation to allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Members of the Senate Democratic Conference, Minimum Wage Activists

WHEN: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

June 2, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Members Hold Public Forum On The New York State DREAM Act

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today held a public forum on the New York State DREAM Act. This legislation will would provide access to state-funded financial aid (TAP) and scholarships to qualifying undocumented youth as they seek to attend higher education institutions. Forum participants were provided testimony by fiscal and education experts, as well as undocumented youth who would qualify for education aid if the DREAM Act passed into law.

May 29, 2014
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Press Release: Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on Anti-Opioid Abuse Bills

“Heroin and opioid abuse is not a Republican or Democratic issue and I am glad my colleagues in the Republican-led coalition are helping work toward solutions. I look forward to working with them to help pass both our previously released package of bills and their bills. We as a state have a responsibility to join together to combat this addictive and deadly substance.”

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May 28, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Will Hold Public Forum On The New York State DREAM Act

Albany, NY - Members of the Senate Democratic Conference will be holding an open forum Wednesday, May 28, discussing the New York State DREAM Act.

May 27, 2014
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins To Be Guest On Inside City Hall & Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Inside City Hall with Errol Louis tonight airing at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM followed by Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT:  Interview on Inside City Hall With Errol Louis Interview on Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin

WHO:     Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

May 22, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Inducts William F. Moye of New Rochelle into Veterans Hall of Fame

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) inducted William F. Moye of New Rochelle into the 2014 New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame to represent the 35th District. The 99 year old is a World War II veteran who served in Africa and Europe. He is currently the Chaplain Emeritus for the American Legion Post 8 and the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle.

May 21, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Selects Danielle Butin of Hastings-on-Hudson as 2014 Woman of Distinction

Albany, NY – Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) selected Hastings-on-Hudson resident Danielle N. Butin as the 2014 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction from the 35th District.

May 14, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Urges Immediate Action on Tough Ethics Package

Common Sense Reform Legislation Would Limit Use of Campaign Money; Strip Pensions of Any Official Who Violates Public Trust; And Provide Genuine Campaign Finance Reform

Albany, NY – Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, along with her Democratic Conference colleagues, today called on the Senate Majority Coalition to immediately bring legislation to reform state government and combat the ongoing corruption issues facing New York State to the Senate floor. The Senate Democratic legislative package builds on bills introduced during the 2013 session, but were left unaccomplished as Republican/IDC Senators refused to advance them out of committee.

May 7, 2014
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Ethics Reform Package Press Conference

On Tuesday, May 6th, Andrea Stewart-Cousins released a broad sweeping campaign ethics reform package that would clean up Albany. The nine bill package is sponsored by Senators Stewart-Cousins, Gianaris, Breslin, Gipson, Krueger, O’Brien, Rivera, Squadron, and Tkaczyk. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins bill would create a system for public financing of campaigns and increase the requirements of campaign donations disclosures.

May 7, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference To Unveil Comprehensive Ethics Legislative Package

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of ten bills to combat corruption in state government and promote ethical leadership in New York State.

May 5, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins And Democratic Senators Urge Against Federal Actions That Will Hike Utility Costs For Hudson Valley Consumers

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and members of the Senate Democratic Conference yesterday sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging a reversal of the decision to create a new energy capacity zone for the Lower Hudson River Valley which will cause a dramatic increase in rates for consumers.

May 1, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Action to Combat the Rising Heroin Crisis

Legislation Would Increase Penalties for the Sale of Opioids; Provide Local Rehabilitation Services; Extend Insurance Coverage; Reduce Overdoses and Teen Heroin Abuse

April 29, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference To Unveil Legislative Package To Combat Heroin Epidemic

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of six bills to combat the growing heroin epidemic impacting communities throughout New York State. These six pieces of legislation will  increase penalties for selling opioids that result in death, equip first responders with overdose-stopping drugs, require health insurance providers to cover rehabilitation and anti-addiction medications, create a teen heroin abuse PSA campaign and provide opioid rehabilitation services in communities.

April 28, 2014
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Passing Of Basil Paterson

“It is with deep sadness that I extend my condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of Basil Paterson. Basil was a trailblazer, serving as New York’s first African-American Secretary of State, and his strength and leadership was essential in the fight to make New York into a better and more equal state. He was a bold public figure who inspired a generation to follow in his footsteps, most notably our former Senate Democratic leader, and the 55th governor of New York State, Basil’s son David A. Paterson. Basil will be sorely missed but his legacy will live on and continue to make New York a better state for our children and their children.”

April 17, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Increased CHIPS Funding

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) announced today that the 2014-15 NYS Budget included a $40 million increase in CHIPS funding to help local governments pay for road repairs caused by the extreme winter weather. The additional funding increased this year’s CHIPS spending to $438 million Statewide.

The County of Westchester will be receiving $2,817,055.24 in CHIPS funding, an increase of $91,199.37 over the previous year. Municipalities in the 35th Senate District will receive a total of $5.5 million in CHIPS funding an increase of receive $487,000 over last year.

April 8, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Releases Schedule of Mobile Constituent Service Hours Throughout Her District

Yonkers, NY - The Office of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be holding “Mobile Constituent Service Hours” in locations throughout her district starting this week. During these times, the Senator’s staff will be available to take questions, address concerns or intervene on behalf of constituents on a variety of issues. The Senator’s office can help with issues pertaining to…

April 7, 2014
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Statement from Yonkers Legislative Delegation Regarding 2014-15 Budget

“Yonkers is facing a fiscal crisis that requires immediate action. The final state budget will include $17 million dollars for the Yonkers Public Schools, an increase of 7.67% over last year’s amount. This is a higher percentage increase than any of the big five school districts. In addition, by passing the Education bill, we will be taking the needed steps to address the crisis while expanding state oversight over both the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers School District.

March 31, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honors Joshua Colas, Youngest African American Chess Master in History

Albany, NY - On Tuesday, March 25th, the New York State Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to honor White Plains resident, Joshua Colas. Mr. Colas, who was in the Senate Chamber with his father Guy Colas as the resolution passed, earned the title of Chess Master in December 2010, becoming the youngest African American Chess Master in history at the age of eleven.

March 26, 2014
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