In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature, 130 of the state's most powerful women urged the passage of #RaiseUpNY, legislation that would allow cities and counties to raise wages above the state's minimum of $8 an hour.
The #RaiseUpNY bill (S.6516/A.9036) is a plan to allow individual cities and counties within the state to set their own minimum wage, based on factors such as cost of living. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has criticized the plan saying it would create a chaotic situation throughout the state by pitting cities and counties against each other.
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins visited Senator Kennedy in Buffalo on Sunday, April 12th to experience the challenges and opportunities facing Buffalo and Western New York. During her visit, Senator Kennedy highlighted the exciting progress happening throughout the area, especially along the waterfront and at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and detailed the challenges that remain ahead. One of those challenges is ensuring the NFTA receives increased support from the state, so that region’s resurgence is not slowed down by a struggling transit system.
Over the weekend as part of the tour to get to know Buffalo, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins stopped by 145 Broadway, the home of the Colored Musician Club of Buffalo, frequented by jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald during their time, and the longest operating African-American Musicians Club in the nation which still runs the best live jazz music in town.
On Thursday, April 10th, Senator Stewart-Cousins got a quick tour of the Shmura Matzah Bakery in Brooklyn, NY.
"Tonight, Jewish families around New York will gather together at the Seder table to recount the liberation of earlier generations, while ushering in the renewal of Spring and recommitting themselves to lift up the hungriest in our community. I want to extend my best wishes to all who observe Passover for a Zissen Pesach -- a Sweet Passover -- filled with the warmth of family and friends joining together in celebration of freedom's enduring promise."
Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins along with State Senator Tim Kennedy met with the City of Buffalo electeds, including Pastor and City of Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, Assemblywoman Crystal People-Stokes, Pastor and Council President Darius Pridgen, and Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller Williams to discuss legislative issues concerning Buffalo, and what the Senators and other elected officials can do to continue to move Buffalo forward.
Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Tim Kennedy appeared on WUFO Radio Station to discuss with Pastor Badger, host of the program, about Child Protective Services Programs, related bills sponsored by Senator Kennedy, and what the State can do to strengthen child protection laws.
Senator Stewart-Cousins took part in the conversation about Black women in political leadership at the Higher Heights For America Conversation event hosted by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson in her home on Saturday, April 13th. Higher Heights For America is a non-profit organization that "seeks to elevate Black women’s voices to shape and advance progressive policies and politics".
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended "Irvington Rocks" in support of the Irvington Diversity Foundation, Inc. anti-bullying efforts on Saturday, April 7th held at the Irvington High School Campus Theater.
Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) announced today that the 2014-15 NYS Budget included a $40 million increase in CHIPS funding to help local governments pay for road repairs caused by the extreme winter weather. The additional funding increased this year’s CHIPS spending to $438 million Statewide.
The County of Westchester will be receiving $2,817,055.24 in CHIPS funding, an increase of $91,199.37 over the previous year. Municipalities in the 35th Senate District will receive a total of $5.5 million in CHIPS funding an increase of receive $487,000 over last year.
Women’s rights advocates and legislators released a letter Monday urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support a bill that would allow cities and counties to increase their own minimum wage.
“Failing to adequately raise the minimum wage has hampered our state’s economic growth and kept over 1.1 million hard-working New Yorkers in poverty,” State Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said in a statement. “A majority of minimum wage earners are women, many of whom are desperately trying to provide for their families and make ends meet.”
Yonkers, NY - The Office of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be holding “Mobile Constituent Service Hours” in locations throughout her district starting this week. During these times, the Senator’s staff will be available to take questions, address concerns or intervene on behalf of constituents on a variety of issues. The Senator’s office can help with issues pertaining to…
April 7th is World Health day, an opportunity for all New Yorkers to improve public health through awareness and discussion. This year’s World Health Day priority health concern is vector-borne diseases, those carried by living organisms such as ticks, mosquitoes, sand flies, and others, passed to humans through blood or prolonged contact. Lyme disease, West Nile fever, and hemorrhagic fever are just a few to be on the watch for in New York State.
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).
“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.
Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Mayor Mike Spano and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, paying homage to the veterans of the Vietnam War at the Yonkers Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day on Saturday, March 29th.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and all New Yorkers are encouraged to participate through awareness and advocacy. Sexual violence continues to threaten New Yorkers’ physical and emotional wellbeing, and can be very difficult to move on from, and information readily available can make the difference between discouragement and empowerment, and change feelings of oppression into strength.