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Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizing Black History Month

(Albany - February 10th) Noting the strides made by African-Americans in our nation, our state and even in positions of leadership in the New York State Legislature, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Minority Leader, spoke on the Senate Resolution designating February as Black History Month. “With this resolution, I wanted to make sure we understood there are leaders that change our lives. Obviously, nationally noted, and then right in our communities; even right here in our legislature.”

February 11, 2015

Senator Stewart-Cousins Remembering Former Governor M. Cuomo

“I didn’t have the privilege of serving with Governor Mario Cuomo, but I had the privilege of knowing him outside of the formal atmosphere of governor.” This was a snippet of the heartwarming reflection given by Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins about Governor Mario Cuomo. The Senator addressed the Senate to pay homage to the late governor. The decision to honor his life and legacy came unanimously supported through a resolution which Senator Stewart-Cousins co-sponsored. She spoke on the ways in which he created opportunity for individuals who typically would not. She lamented on the fact that he was so successful as a leader because he understood what it was like to be that person on the outside, on the inside.

February 3, 2015

Leader Stewart-Cousins Opening Remarks at the 2015-2016 Senate Session

Albany, NY - Thank you Mr. President and Thank you to all my colleagues.   

Thank you to the constituents of  my district for re-electing me.  And thank you  to my Conference for once again choosing me as your Leader. I am truly honored and humbled by your support.

January 7, 2015

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Does the Ice Bucket Challenge with Yonkers Native Pat Quinn

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.

August 22, 2014

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2014 Session Closing Remarks

Thank you Mr. President.

Thank You Senator Skelos and Senator Klein.

Thank you to Governor Cuomo for his vision and leadership in helping move this state forward.

And thank you to our partners in the other Legislative House, especially Speaker Silver who has been a true friend and a real progressive leader.

I would also like to take a moment to thank staff on both sides of the aisle. The work you have put in over the last 2 years has been invaluable. Thank you for all your hard work.

As we wrap up our 2 year term, I think about all we have experienced.

June 21, 2014

Democratic Conference Leader Remarks on Compassionate Care Act

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.

June 20, 2014

Leader Stewart-Cousins Paying Tribute to the Life of Ruby Lee

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.

June 17, 2014

Senator Stewart-Cousins Mourns the Death of Maya Angelou

Senator Stewart-Cousins mourns the death of Maya Angelou, who died on May 28th after a long illness, reciting one of the famous author-actress-poet's work "Still I Rise".  

June 3, 2014

Leader Stewart-Cousins Opening Remarks at Veterans Hall of Fame

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.

May 21, 2014

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Speaking on 2014 Women of Distinction Resolution

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."

May 13, 2014

Senator Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Shaken Baby Syndrome Resolution

"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.

April 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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