(Albany, NY) Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Senators William Stachowski, Darrel Aubertine, David J. Valesky and Brian X. Foley to unveil an innovative jobs and economic development program to get New Yorkers back to work. The New Jobs New York program is comprised of three initiatives that can bring support to local small businesses, create job growth and attracting new investment through tax incentives.
(35th District, NY) - On Wednesday, March 24th, the New York State Senate passed a Legislative Resolution honoring Dr. Olivia Hooker, a psychologist and former college professor at Fordham University who resides in Greenburgh, New York. Dr. Hooker, who became the first black woman to enlist in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, is a survivor of the Tulsa Riot of 1921. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the resolution in recognition of Dr. Hooker’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the advancement of women and civil rights.
Senate Democrats Preserve Recreational Facilities and Bolster Small Businesses
Today, the Senate Majority and advocates stood together in support of State Parks.
On Monday, the Majority Conference unanimously voted for a budget resolution which restored all $11.5 million of the Governor’s budget cuts to parks operations. If enacted, the cut would have resulted in the closure of 57 State Parks and reduced operations at an additional 22 State Parks.
State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), the Senate sponsor of “Jimmy Nolan’s Law”, which allowed 9/11 workers a one year extension to file injury claims, announced today that she was encouraged that New York City is finally taking steps to resolve the claims of thousands of workers who have sustained long term health problems as a result of their work at the World Trade Center site. Senator Stewart-Cousins also commends federal judge Alvin Hellerstein for holding hearings so that injur
State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), Chair of the Local Government Committee, announced today that Ardsley Public Library, Mount Pleasant Public Library, and Warner Library have been awarded construction funding for a variety of much needed renovations.
The grant funds were provided by the New York State Legislature in the 2009-2010 State budget and will help local libraries and library systems to build new libraries, create additions, update technology, meet energy efficient standards, and improve handicap accessibility.
The New York State Senate passed four measures today which will finally provide mandate relief across the state, and reverse New York’s long-standing practice of passing financial burdens onto local school districts.
Identified by school districts as vital to their operations and ability to budget in a prudent manner, the Democratic package will allow them to more effectively manage the resources they have, and make the best possible decisions for their communities in this time of fiscal crisis.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, in partnership with the Kinship Caregiver Program, is working to inform residents about financial assistance available to grandparents and other relatives raising children. The individuals currently enrolled in the program receive an average of $400 per month to care for a child and $150 for any additional children. However, due to limited awareness about this program, it is estimated that only 10% of New Yorkers who qualify for assistance apply to the program.
State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), Chair of the Local Government Committee announced the unanimous passage of her legislation, Senate bill 5600-B, by the full Senate. The measure is designed to provide local governments and school districts with greater contract flexibility in purchasing information technology and telecommunications equipment and services.
Demonstrating their commitment to developing a fiscally responsible budget, the Senate Majority Conference announced the formation of a new bipartisan task force on government efficiency. Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the twelve-member task force will conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste.
The New York State Senate passed the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA) today by a vote of 55-3, empowering family members and others close to the patient to make medical decisions for incapacitated patients.
Currently, local governments are able to negotiate with citizens who due to worsening economic conditions have been unable to pay their taxes on time to pay them over time on an installment plan. This bill, sponsored by Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-Nanuet) would permit local governments, at their option, to increase the installment payment plan for the currently 24 months to an period of 36 months until December 31, 2011 in order to help New Yorkers avoid foreclosure.
"Today the State of New York moves towards becoming a more transparent and open government. Public authorities such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which have long operated with limited oversight and public scrutiny, will be more transparent and accountable to the taxpayers due to the implementation of the Public Authorities and Reform Act of 2009.
(35th District, NY) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced Amanda’s Law, protecting families from carbon monoxide poisoning, was put into effect today. Carbon monoxide poison, which is responsible 500 deaths each year, is often referred to as “the silent killer” because it is both invisible and odorless. The bill was named in remembrance of Amanda Hanson, a 16-year-old who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while sleeping over at a friend’s house.
(Yonkers- NY) On Thursday, February 18th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, in partnership with the Municipal Housing Authority of Yonkers, held a kick off event for “Just About Me” (J.A.M.), a program created to address the unique issues facing young women in the municipal housing community.
Last Saturday, February 13, 2010, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D- Westchester) accepted the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Aids-Related Community Services (ARCS) during the organization’s 8thAnnual Valentine’s Charity Ball at the CV Rich Mansion in White Plains. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was chosen unanimously as the “Hearts for ARCS” Honoree in recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of Westchester County’s HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities.
On Thursday, February 18th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins sponsored a workshop that was hosted by the Downstate North Energy $mart Communities on ways homeowners are able to save money on heating and electric bills. The two-hour workshop, conducted in the Greenburgh Town Hall, was designed to provide homeowners of every income level with specific information on the financial incentives available for improving the energy efficiency of a home.
State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that her legislation, Senate bill 5601, was approved by the Senate. The bill amends the general municipal law to allow not-for-profits, that provide services for their respective county to make purchases for goods and services through existing county contracts.
(Yonkers, NY)- On Wednesday, February 3rd New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke to the Westchester County YMCA Youth and Government Group as they prepare for a statewide conference they will be attending next month. Comprised of students from Pleasantville High School and the Yonkers YMCA, the Westchester County Youth and Government Group meets twice a month at Mercy College to learn public speaking skills, civics and legislative drafting.
(Yonkers, NY) - Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Medicare Rights Center held a “Medicare Enrollment Awareness” event at the YWCA in Yonkers. The current enrollment period will last through the end of March. During this time, older adults are able to change their plan to maximize their coverage and reduce their deductibles or other costs.