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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Remarks Following Senate Passage of the 2014-15 State Budget

Democratic Conference Leader expressed her thoughts regarding the passage of the 2014-15 State Budget late Monday night, discussing the good and the bad, and how much work there is left to be done in the next three months of Session, including funding the education system fairly, passing the entire 10-Point Women's Equality Agenda, creating real public financing system for campaigns, and providing a real raise on minimum wage (or giving local governments the power to do so).

April 1, 2014
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Recognizes Joshua Colas, Youngest African-American Chess Master in History

Once the resolution was read aloud, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins stood and spoke on Joshua Colas' accomplishments. The Senator listed his many awards in chess including his six national championships and his status a the top chess player in New York City as well as New York State. Senator Stewart-Cousins stated, "He inspires other youth... He is here because we're proud of him, because he is a role model." The Senator also discussed Colas' dream to attend MIT and the Senator hopes this resolution will help this dream come true. Senator Stewart-Cousins concluded, "We can't wait to see his next move."

March 25, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizing the Marching Cobras For Their Outstanding Performance During Super Bowl Week 2014

Senator Stewart-Cousins proudly recognized the Marching Cobras with a resolution for their accomplishments, most recently performing during the Super Bowl Week on February this year among college bands. The Marching Cobras is a community-based program that encourages children and young adults to express and develop themselves through music.

March 18, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Budget Resolution

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaking on the Budget Resolution late Thursday/early Friday morning upon being submitted and passed by the Majority Coalition.

March 14, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Women's History Month

“It is up to the women,” was the theme of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins' remarks on the floor of the State Senate as a resolution she sponsored in honor of Women's History Month was adopted. "It's important to celebrate the other women in the Chamber, [as well as] the unsung heroines like mothers, including my own mother," said the Senator. She also recognized various women throughout history, like Eleanor Roosevelt who not only served as First Lady but also was a great leader who fought for human rights.

March 6, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Black History Month

Senator Stewart-Cousins acknowledged the many accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans in the Senate Chamber for Black History Month.

February 6, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins On Feminomics Money Minute

Senator Stewart-Cousins appears on Feminomics Money Minute (starting at 1:19) discussing the importance of the FAMILY Act, and how it's beneficial for both the employer and employee.

January 27, 2014
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Memorializing Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Tremendous Contribution To Civil Rights

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins memorialized the life and achievements of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a resolution, commenting on how much he had accomplished in his brief life of 39 years. In Senator Stewart-Cousins remarks, she stressed that Dr. King's belief in nonviolence changed the world, and how it is still relevant today, reminding us that he died speaking for jobs and freedom, and argued that Dr. King would be working for those who work hard and still don't have sufficient opportunities if he was alive today. Senator Stewart-Cousins concluded her remarks by reminding the chamber of all the work that still needed to be accomplished for those people, and for Dr.

January 27, 2014
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Mourning the Death of Nelson Mandela

On the Senate Floor, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke to mourn the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The Senator praised Mandela's commitment to nothing less than the complete emancipation of his people, and reminded the chamber that he refused to exit prison for 27 years until this dream was realized. The Senator concluded her remarks by encouraging her colleagues to abide by the same courage and ideals of equality that Nelson Mandela cherished.

January 15, 2014
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Legislative Report with Senator Kevin Parker

Senator Stewart-Cousins sat down with Senator Kevin Parker on April 16th to discuss her journey to the State Senate & what's to come in the rest of the 2013 NYS Senate Legislative Session.

April 23, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins on Passage of the 2013-2014 State Budget - March 27, 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins' received loud applause on the Senate floor for her comments on the State Budget. The Leader stated, "[This budget] matters to a lot of people, and we were able to do good things for a lot of people, but there were people who were left behind."

March 27, 2013
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins' First Floor Speech as Leader - January 9, 2013

On the first day of the 2013 Session, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate. Leader Stewart-Cousins is the first woman to lead a legislative conference in New York State history.

January 11, 2013
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Speaking out for Westchester’s Schools

In an impassioned speech on the floor of the Senate, Senator Stewart-Cousins criticized her Republican colleagues for putting forth a resolution which distributed $10 million solely to school districts represented by Republicans.

May 23, 2012
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Delivers Senate Democratic Conference's 2012 Session Message

Senator Stewart-Cousins outlined the Senate Democratic Conference's legislative priorities for the 2012 legislative session in a video released following Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address. The text of the speech is pasted below.

January 4, 2012
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Inducts Pleasantville Native into New York State Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame

Colonel Theresa Mercado- Sconzo Sent to Abu Ghraib to restore Honor to United States After Prisoner Abuse Scandal

(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF- 35th District) inducted Colonel Theresa Mercado-Sconzo (United State Army Nursing Corp) into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Albany. Colonel Mercado-Sconzo, of Pleasantville, NY, was deployed to Abu Ghraib prison in March of 2005 to serve as officer in charge of the detainee camps and emergency room shortly after the prisoner abuse and torture scandal was exposed.

June 14, 2011
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces Legislation to Bar Discrimination Against Unemployed

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/I/WF) announced at a press conference in her district office, the introduction of Senate bill 5316. The bill would make the unemployed a "protected class" in New York and make it illegal for employers to deny out-of-work applicants an interview or position solely because they are jobless. It would also prohibit employers from posting job advertisements that discourage the unemployed from applying to vacant positions.

The bill is co-sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Keith Wright.

May 19, 2011
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Honoring Firefighter Mike Giroux and Yonkers Police and Fire Departments

Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Mike Spano passed resolutions in honor of Firefighter Mike Giroux and the Yonkers Fire and Police Departments this week, for their heroic rescue of two workers who were dangling 13 stories above ground from a collapsed scaffold at the St. Casimir Apartments in Yonkers on March 4th.

March 25, 2011
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Speaking on the Floor About Yonkers Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins passed a resolution in the New York State Senate today recognizing Yonkers Schools Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio for being named Superintendent of the Year by New York State Council of School Superintendents. The resolution was read in its entirety on the floor of the Senate and passed unanimously.

March 2, 2011
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Reform Albany Press Conference in NYC

On Monday, December 20th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, former Mayor Ed Koch and fellow Senate Democrats called on Republican State Senators to pass a package of reform bills as the first act of business in the New Year. The bills include ethics reform, budget reform, and establishing an independent redistricting commission—reform measures that were a part of former Mayor Ed Koch’s “New York Uprising” reform pledge that was signed by 53 of 62 incoming New York State Senators before the election.

December 21, 2010
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