Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Press releases

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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Leader Stewart-Cousins Selects Isabel Villar of White Plains as 2013 Woman of Distinction

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) selected Isabel Villar of White Plains as the 2013 Woman of Distinction from the 35th State Senate District. Ms. Villar is the Co- Founder and Executive Director of El Centro Hispano. She traveled to Albany today to accept the award at an official ceremony in the Legislative Office Building.

May 8, 2013
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Senate Democratic Conference Unveils Tough Ethics Package

Bills Would Limit Use of Campaign Money and Strip Pensions of Any Official Who Breaches Public Trust—Also Announce Support of Governor Legislative Ethics Package

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today unveiled a tough legislative ethics package designed to reform state government and combat the ongoing corruption issues facing New York State. The Conference also announced their support for the principles of the Governor’s legislative package the “New York Public Trust Act.”

April 15, 2013
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State Budget includes Additional Funding and Relief for City of Yonkers

State Fiscal Plan Will Help City Deal with Financial Woes

Yonkers, NY - Facing a budget deficit of more than $80 million, the City of Yonkers will receive millions in additional aid and grants from the New York State Budget. The State fiscal plan will also provide Yonkers with an option to realize immediate savings from future decreases in pension payments (also known as pension smoothing). This could allow the City and the Yonkers Public Schools to access millions of dollars in the short term to deal with their budget gaps.

March 29, 2013
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Albany, NY - Democratic State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was recognized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of their Women’s History Month celebration. Additional honorees included NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio and former Congresswoman and Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman and attendees were joined by special guest, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

March 28, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Announces Increased Aid for Local Highway Improvements

Municipalities in the 35th Senate District to Receive nearly $1 Million in Additional Aid Over Last Year from State Budget

Albany, NY – Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) announced that the three-way State Budget agreement includes a $939,793.13 increase in Consolidated Highway Improvements Funds (CHIPS) for 11 municipalities in the 35th  Senate District.

March 27, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Statement on Minimum Wage

"As details emerge it is clear that the current minimum wage proposal has some serious issues.While increasing the minimum wage to $9.00 is something that the Senate Democrats have longsupported, we are disappointed that the current proposal doesn't reach this level for three years, isnot indexed to the rate of inflation and does not raise the wages of certain service workers. The Governor and the Assembly all originally proposed acceptable proposals, unfortunately the SenateRepublicans have blocked these efforts. We propose removing this discussion from the budget andwe stand ready to provide 27 votes for raising the minimum wage quicker, with indexing and for alllow wage workers."

March 20, 2013
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Yonkers Delegation and Local Partners Call For State Funds to Keep SNUG Running

State and local leaders in the City of Yonkers are fighting to keep a successful gun and gang violence prevention program called SNUG fully funded. At a Friday press conference, Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator George Latimer, Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow were joined by members of the Yonkers City Council, Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner, SNUG violence interrupters, local activists and members of the clergy to call on the State to provide steady funding for the SNUG Program.

SNUG has successfully helped reduce shootings and quell violence in Yonkers and in many cities throughout New York State.

March 18, 2013
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State Legislators Honor New Rochelle High School Championship Teams

On Tuesday March 12, the New Rochelle State delegation honored the national champion cheerleading team and the state champion football team from New Rochelle High School for their accomplishments in the 2012 seasons. Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator George Latimer, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Assemblyman Steve Otis hosted the student athletes in Albany and sponsored resolutions in their respective houses proclaiming the day in the students’ honor.

March 12, 2013
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