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The Good, The Bad, and The Big Ugly (End-of-Session Update)

Click the link below to view the End-of-Session issue of Senator Stewart-Cousins' E-Newsletter. This will open a PDF document in a new window. To download the PDF viewer, click here.

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EOS Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins.pdf

July 6, 2015
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Happy 4th of July!

On this day in 1776, America first asserted her independence from Great Britain with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As it states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This document established firm ideals and guiding principles, and an independent government in our nation. 

July 4, 2015
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Press Release: Dobbs Ferry Able To Create Parking Permit System

Yonkers, NY - Dobbs Ferry is one step closer to creating a permit parking system in the village following passage of a bill introduced by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti.  The village requested the ability to do so in order to provide parking relief for Dobbs Ferry residents who live near the train station and have difficulty parking on the street near their homes. The legislation requires the Governor’s signature to become law, and will take effect 60 days after it is signed.

June 29, 2015
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Press Release: The State Delivers For Yonkers

$25 Million To Fill Yonkers' School Budget Gap, a Half-Percent Sales Tax Increase and a 3% Hotel Occupancy Tax

June 29, 2015
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Senate Democratic Leader Stewart-Cousins's Closing Remarks for the 2015 Legislative Session

(Albany - June 25th) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, delivered her closing remarks on the Senate floor Thursday. While important legislation was passed, she also touched on the missed opportunities to create more affordable housing, tax relief for working families, mandate relief for local government and increasing the minimum wage to lift more people out of poverty. Click here for the full remarks.

June 26, 2015
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Press Release: 2015 Legislative Session Closing Remarks and Statement on Yonkers Receiving $25 Million in Additional Aid for Schools

Albany, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, delivered her closing remarks on the Senate floor Thursday. While important legislation was passed, she also touched on the missed opportunities to create more affordable housing, tax relief for working families, mandate relief for local government and increasing the minimum wage to lift more people out of poverty. Click here for the full remarks.

June 26, 2015
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In the News: Daily Voice Leaders: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Source: Daily Voice)

Source: Daily Voice

Stewart-Cousins was the first female in state history to lead her party. She was also part of the first state delegation, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to visit Cuba after the process of normalization between the communist nation and the U.S. began. 

"Its a humbling, humbling role to play," Stewart-Cousins told Daily Voice. "The obligation of being first in anything--especially if its a good thing--is to leave a path so you won't be the last." 

Click here to watch the video and read the full article.

June 24, 2015
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Walk To Defeat ALS

(Purchase - June 14th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Pat Quinn, family and friends, at the start of the "Walk To Defeat ALS" in Purchase, cutting the ribbon and saying a few words of encouragement to the participants before beginning their walk. The purpose of the Walk is to raise money to continue the fight against ALS, also known as the Lou Gehrig disease, through research, care services and public policy.

June 23, 2015
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Free Fishing Weekend on June 27-28th

The Governor has declared the weekend of June 27-28th as FREE FISHING WEEKEND! Senator Stewart-Cousins wants her constituents to know that if you're an avid fisher, whether you are a resident or visitor, you are allowed to fish in any ponds, lakes, rivers and streams without needing a fishing license. Click here to find a place to fish.

June 27, 12:00 AM - June 28, 12:00 AM
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Press Release: Yonkers State Delegation Release: Yonkers to Join the Other Big Five School Districts in Requiring Five Year Olds to Attend Kindergarten

Yonkers, NY - Yonkers will join the other Big Five School Districts in New York State by requiring five year olds in the city to attend kindergarten. The Yonkers State Delegation, including Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Latimer and Assembly Members Gary Pretlow and Shelley Mayer sponsored and passed legislation to increase kindergarten attendance in the city. Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester and New York City already require kindergarten attendance, and this bill, requested by the Yonkers Board of Education, allows Yonkers to do the same.

The bill awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.

June 22, 2015
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Happy Father's Day!

On this Father's Day, we recognize and appreciate the formative role these men have in our lives, whether they are our biological fathers or those who have taken on this role. Fathers should be praised for the valuable knowledge and loving bond they create with a child. Whether its tough love designed to motivate you or a kind word acknowledging an achievement, our fathers play an important role in shaping who we become in life. Happy Father's Day!

June 22, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: State Workforce Injury Reduction Act, Reducing Costs For Localities, and More!

Expanding Eligibility for Admission to the NYS Veterans Home: Senate bill, S.305A, sponsored Democratic Senator Adriano Espaillat, broadens the requirements for admissions to the New York State veterans’ nursing home by including veterans who served in combat operations during our most recent conflicts and wars. These facilities provide veterans with valuable rehabilitation to improve their quality of life when they return home. Previously, eligibility was only allowed for veterans who served honorably in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

June 19, 2015
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Now is the Time to Strengthen and Extend Rent Laws

 Click the link below to view the Education Update from Senator Stewart-Cousins. This will open a PDF document in a new window. To download the PDF viewer, click here.

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Rent Control Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins.pdf

June 16, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Tax Credits For Parents Who Adopt Foster Care Children, Promoting Community Gardens, and More!

Tax Credits For Parents Who Adopt Foster Care Children: Senate Bill S.2026, sponsored by Democratic State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, will provide tax credits to people who adopt children from the foster system, and will make it easier for parents to afford the process, encouraging more people to adopt children from the system.

June 11, 2015
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An Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2015 (Spanish Version)

Click the link below to view the Education Update from Senator Stewart-Cousins. This will open a PDF document in a new window. To download the PDF viewer, click here.

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Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins Spanish.pdf

June 10, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins's Session Remarks on Senate Resolution Honoring Edith M. Flanigen

(Albany - June 9th) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed the chamber with the presentation of a resolution to Ms. Edith M. Flanigen, recognizing her for being one of the eight recipients of the National Medal of Science and Technology, the nation’s highest honor in science. With a career spanning over 50 years and counting, Ms. Flanigen revolutionized the world of science for future generations. The Senator recalled that when Ms. Flanigen was born in 1929, women scientists, women innovators, or women who were creating new fields in science didn’t exist. With the inspiration of a nun, Ms. Flaniegn pursued a love and passion for science and technology.

June 10, 2015
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Press Release: Stewart-Cousins Honors a Trailblazing Chemist & White Plains Resident Edith Flanigen

One of Eight National Media of Science and Technology Recipients in 2014  

June 9, 2015
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An Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2015

Click the link below to view the Education Update from Senator Stewart-Cousins. This will open a PDF document in a new window. To download the PDF viewer, click here.

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Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2015.pdf

June 8, 2015
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Press Release: Time is Running out for Rent-Control Renewal: Legislators, Tenants & Activists Speak Out

Yonkers, NY - Senate Democratic Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and J. Gary Pretlow were joined by tenants and tenant advocates today in calling on Governor Cuomo and the Republican Senate to renew and strengthen rent regulations that are set to expire on June 15, 2015. With more than 25,000 rent stabilized units in Westchester, with 16,000 of those in Yonkers. That number has been reduced from almost 32,000 in 1997, elected leaders, tenants and tenant advocates gathered to press for stronger laws to protect tenants and prevent further loss of affordable housing. Strengthening and renewing tenant protections will help keep thousands of families in affordable homes in their own communities.

June 5, 2015
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Press Release: Stewart-Cousins Honors 13 Year Old Jake Gallin of New Rochelle, Named as One of America's Top Youth Volunteers

Albany, NY - With a Resolution in the State Senate, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, recognized 13 year old Jake Gallin of New Rochelle for being named as one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards* for his volunteer work on behalf of military families. Jake was nominated by Volunteer New York and selected by the Prudential Foundation as a National Honoree from a field of more than 33,000 youth volunteers from across the country. 

June 4, 2015
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