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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).

Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Governor Cuomo’s Budget Address

“For too long our middle class has been stifled by crushing property taxes, and the Senate Democratic Conference will work with the Governor to achieve greater tax fairness while ensuring state government provides increased and expanded education and health care services. Last year, my conference advanced a common sense ethics reform package which included public financing of elections, and I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to achieve these goals. New Yorkers deserve a government worthy of their trust, and passing a fiscally sensible budget that includes important reforms is an excellent first step.”

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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Outlines Budget Requests

Question Governor’s budget approach while continuing to push for a more fair and economically prosperous New York-Including additional 2 billion in school aid and higher minimum wage indexed to inflation

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Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Speaking on the 2015-16 Budget at the Mothership Meeting

(Albany - March 12th) Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaking on the 2015-16 Budget at the Mothership Meeting.

Leader Stewart-Cousins Remarks on 2015-16 Senate Budget Resolution

(Albany - March 12th) Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaking on the 2015-16 Senate Budget Resolution.

Statement from Yonkers Legislative Delegation Regarding 2014-15 Budget

“Yonkers is facing a fiscal crisis that requires immediate action. The final state budget will include $17 million dollars for the Yonkers Public Schools, an increase of 7.67% over last year’s amount. This is a higher percentage increase than any of the big five school districts. In addition, by passing the Education bill, we will be taking the needed steps to address the crisis while expanding state oversight over both the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers School District.

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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget

Yonkers, NY - New York State’s new fiscal year began April 1st with the 2015-2016 State budget in place. The $142 billion spending plan increases state spending by 2% over last year and includes $23.5 billion in education aid--an increase of $1.3 billion. The state also continues to make strides in reducing the Gap Elimination Adjustment. There are new initiatives, including $1.6 billion to provide basic health coverage for low-income New Yorkers, and important funding (detailed below) that will have a positive impact on constituents and municipalities in the 35th District.

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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Releases 2015-16 State Budget Priorities

Yonkers, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her Senate colleagues have released their 2015-16 State Budget priorities. The priorities include: adding another $2 billion in funding for education; increasing the minimum wage; creating more affordable housing and job opportunities through capital projects; increasing aid to local municipalities to help reduce property taxes; increased funding for EPIC, the prescription drug plan for seniors, and for kinship care. The list of priorities were included in a budget letter to the republican Senate Majority Leader.

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