(Scarsdale - November 12th) Today, the Senator was the guest speaker at the Scarsdale Woman's Club, addressing issues of interest including the Women's Equality Act and her role as the Democratic Conference Leader. The members include some of her constituents in Scarsdale, Greenburgh, White Plains and Yonkers. They also asked questions about the tax cap's impact on capital improvements in school districts, legalizing marijuana, fracking, and even whether or not she thinks we will ever see a woman President ? "Yes," the Senator answered, "And hopefully one who lives nearby."
(Irvington - January 29th) Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the screening of the documentary film "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" on January 29th. Directed by Mary Dore who discussed the lengthy project that chronicles the start of the women's movement in this country, the documentary interviews 38 female pioneers in the fight for gender equality including Muriel Fox, who co-founded the National Organization for Women and is a Westchester resident. As the saying goes, "We've come a long way, baby, yet the fight for reproductive health rights and equal pay continues today, including here in New York."
"Today’s legislative maneuvering is clearly a political ploy by the Senate Republicans. To once again reject the full Women’s Equality Act is deeply disturbing. Let us remember that the final point is simply codifying current federal law into New York State law and saying anything to the contrary is a deliberate distraction from their extremist anti-choice views. Women’s health should never be a partisan issue. In 1970, a dozen Senate Republicans joined with their Democratic colleagues to address reproductive rights in New York State. It is troubling that today’s Republican conference has once again proven that they are all against women’s reproductive rights."
(Albany - February 24th) In honor of Dr. Olivia Hooker’s 100th Birthday which falls during Black History Month, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced a Senate Resolution and nominated Dr. Hooker for a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. The award and a copy of the Resolution were presented to Dr. Hooker during an event in her honor held by the Yonkers Human Rights Commission at the Hudson River Museum on February 21st.
“I congratulate the Speaker and the Assembly for passing the comprehensive, 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda.
“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. It is now time for the Senate Coalition to act and to pass the entire 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda.”
(Yonkers - March 14th) March is Women's History Month. A great way to spend it? Inspriring the next generation to be leaders! On March 14th the Senator, along with Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, spoke at the Yonkers Riverfront Library Women's History Month Event "She Did and So Can You! " The Girl Scouts and others joined the celebration of women leaders.
(Albany - January 26th) Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins has dedicated her career to promote the health of women and their families and to secure access to confidential, quality reproductive health care for all New Yorkers. Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a news conference in support of Family Planning Advocates who continue to fight to ensure that women’s health, safety and equality be protected by state law. In line with her dedication to progressive, common sense approaches to ensuring that safe reproductive health care is always available to the women of New York, the Leader eloquently described how far we have come since the 42nd anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
(Albany - May 4th) "You think you are lobbying for bills, and you are, but it’s bigger than that," said Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at the Family Planning Advocates (FPA) rally Monday morning. As a long-time proponent of women's reproductive health rights, the Leader came out to support the efforts of FPA and its members who continue to fight to protect and expand access to a full range of reproductive health services. "You are lobbying a legislature that refuses to allow women self-determination, refuses to allow women equality, refuses to allow women to say, I know what I need.
(Albany - May 5th) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed an impassioned crowd at the NARAL Lobby Day in Albany. In her speech, the Leader mentioned the fact that the Senate has been going to sleep when it relates to legislation regarding women, women’s rights and women’s reproductive rights. She stressed how imperative it is for members of the legislature to be bipartisan about these issues to protect women across New York State. She closed by urging the crowd to go back to their districts after the lobby day is over, and energize the base of support to foster a more progressive state.