State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers, the Democratic Conference Leader, accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge that Senator Dean Skelos nominated her for. She had help fulfilling the challenge from Yonkers-native 31-year-old Pat Quinn, who was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease, a year ago, and helped create this unique fundraising challenge. Pat's idea has helped the ALS Foundation raise $15 million in a short period of time. To learn more about Pat Quinn and how you can get involved, click here.
On the last day of Session, Democratic Conference Leader explaining her support of the medical marijuana bill, also known as the Compassionate Care Act, telling a story of a long-time friend whose husband had to go to California to receive relief for his illness.. and how this shouldn't have had to happen.
Leader Stewart-Cousins took a moment during Session on Tuesday, June 17th to pay tribute to the legendary actress, civil rights activist, and New Rochelle resident, Ruby Lee, recognizing her efforts and her service to the community, nationally and locally.
Democratic Conference Leader opening remarks at the Veterans Hall of Fame which occurred on Tuesaday, May 20th at the LOB in Albany, NY, recognizing her inductee Bill Moye as well as all the veterans from all over New York being honored at the event.
On May 13th, the Senate passed a resolution congratulating the 2014 Women of Distinction in honor of Women's History Month. Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who is the sponsor of the resolution, spoke in honor of these accomplished women, saying, "Today is one of those days that we get to celebrate women... who inspire women of the future." Leader Stewart-Cousins then cited several women from New York State whose past accomplishments paved the way for women today, women like Sojourner Truth, Hillary Clinton, Sonya Sotomayor and Eleanor Roosevelt. The Senator thanked those present for being part of this great celebration and concluded, "Let's make sure we uplift, honor and applaud these women."
"Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is something that is preventable through education and public awareness," said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins as she recognizes the week of April 20th-April 26th as Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness week with a resolution, telling the story of Cynthia Gibbs who at 8-months old died from brain damage as a result of being shaken violently by her own caregiver. To learn more about SBS, and how it can be prevented, please visit the New York State Department of Health website.
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).
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."
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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."
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.