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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Office of Special Investigation

“By voting down legislation to create the Office of Special Investigation, the Senate Republicans demonstrated that they do not believe reforms are needed to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of age, race or gender, are treated with respect and equality. The fight to reform the state criminal justice system is not over, and we will continue our efforts to ensure every New Yorker feels safe, secure and protected.”

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April 22, 2015
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New York State Trade Mission To Cuba

(Cuba - April 20th) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins had the opportunity to be a member of the first trade mission to Cuba organized by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Catch a quick glimpse of the trip including meeting with the Cardinal, a tour of old Havana, and catching up with SUNY students and Chancellor Zimpher.

April 21, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Travel to Cuba as part of State Delegation to Consider Trade Options

Yonkers, NY - On Monday, April 20th, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, at the invitation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, will be a member of the New York State delegation traveling to Cuba to consider trade options. The trip was made possible in the wake of President Obama’s initiative to chart a new course of diplomatic relations with the island nation located 90 miles from U.S. shores. 

April 20, 2015
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League of Women Voters of Westchester's Running and Winning Workshop

(White Plains - April 16th) Senator Stewart-Cousins had an opportunity to speak to the next generation of political leaders at the League of Women Voters of Westchester's Running and Winning Workshop in White Plains. The program is for young women, juniors and seniors, who are chosen to participate because of their interest in pursuing public service as a career. Co-sponsors of the event were the Association of American University Women and the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester. The Senator ran into White Plains City Councilwoman Nadine Hunt-Robinson, who is currently in her first term in office.

April 16, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Closing LLC Loophole

“It’s seems everyday a new Albany scandal rocks New Yorkers’ confidence in our state government. The Senate Democratic Conference has outlined a series of common sense measures, including closing the LLC loophole, that will restore the people’s faith in state government by cleaning up Albany.  I am disappointed that efforts to close the LLC loophole continue to be blocked  and I hope with the remaining time left in session we can finally close this glaring loophole and pass real ethics reforms."

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April 16, 2015
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Health Coverage Special Enrollment Deadline is April 30th

The federal government has allowed a special enrollment period for New Yorkers that paid a tax penalty last year for not having health insurance and still lack coverage this year, or have had a qualifying life event such as marriage, becoming a citizen or loss of job.

April 13, 2015
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Hudson River Community Association Neighborhood Cleanup Day & BBQ

Come out with your friends and neighbors and make some new ones. Roll up your sleeves and help make OUR neighborhood a cleaner and greener place!

The volunteers will meet at the Charter School of Educational Excellence at 260 Warburton Avenue and return their for the BBQ as well. For more information, please contact HRCA at mail@hudsonrivercommunityassociation.com or call (914) 963-2393.

April 25, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Volunteer New York! First Annual Fatherhood Conference

(White Plains - April 7th) New York's first Fathering Conference was held in White Plains on April 7th. Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call to Men, was the keynote speaker. Frank Williams of the White Plains Youth Bureau was the master of ceremonies and Bob Stien helped coordinate the event at the County Center. Some 300 participants spent time in various workshops and the Senator had the opportunity to address the group before a roundtable discussion on education.

April 8, 2015
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White Plains High School Tour

(White Plains - April 7th) Senator Stewart-Cousins toured White Plains High School with School Superintendent Timothy Connors, Principal Ellen Doherty and White Plains Teacher's Association President Kerry Broderick, a biology teacher here. She had a chance to see a science lab, an art class and digital art display, and a workout room with donated equipment. An impressive school with 2,100 students!

April 7, 2015
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An Evening with Our State Legislators: A Discussion of Current New York State Education & Budget Issues

On Thursday evening, April 9th, as part of the state delegation representing New Rochelle, Senator Stewart-Cousins will be part of a panel discussion regarding the state budget and education. For additional information, please call our District Office at (914) 423-4031.

April 9, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Stewart-Cousins' State Budget Update & Impact on Town of Greenburgh

Senator Stewart-Cousins will speak at the Greenburgh Town Board meeting to discuss the State Budget and issues of interest to constituents in town. For additional information, please call our District Office at (914) 423-4031.

April 8, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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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.

April 7, 2015
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:eader Stewart-Cousins Remarks on the Education Budget Bill

(Albany - March 31st) Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed her colleagues in regards to the Education Budget Bill. She prefaced her remarks by mentioning that she is a product of public school education, her children went to public school, her grandchildren went to public school and she had the opportunity to teach in public school. As one of the leading advocates for children and education in New York State, the Senator criticized the bill for the expeditious implementation of the common core and the lasting effects it could have on students and their teachers. She reflected on all the different areas of her district and the way they banded together over the rush to place the common core in schools.

April 1, 2015
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Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Delivers Final Remarks Before Senate Passes 2015-16 State Budget

(Albany - March 31st) “What happened in this budget, and the story of this budget, is more of a story of who was included, who was left out, and its also more of a story of what didn't happen as opposed to what did. We failed to raise the minimum wage that would've lifted thousands of New Yorkers out of poverty. We failed to provide desperately needed property tax relief for homeowners and business owners across New York State. Yet, we gave tax breaks to yacht owners and airplane owners. We failed to deliver relief for renters and provide adequate funding for affordable housing.

April 1, 2015
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Yonkers Riverfront Library Women's History Month Event "She Did and So Can You!"

(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.

March 30, 2015
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New Rochelle YMCA's Lifesaver Campaign Fundraiser

(New Rochelle - March 26th) The New Rochelle YMCA's Lifesaver campaign continues as they seek to raise funds to make necessary repairs to the facility's pool. You can learn more about the campaign by clicking here. Pictured with YMCA Executive Director Julie Gallanty, Bob Marrone of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and morning personality on WVOX-AM, and other supporters.

March 30, 2015
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Westchester National Association of Social Workers Annual Awards Dinner

(New Rochelle - March 26th) The Senator at the Westchester Division of the National Association of Social Workers Annual Awards Dinner, honoring Polly Kerrigan, LCSW; Patricia Lemp, LCSW; Bob Schavrien, LCSW; Damon K. Jones; Social Work Services at Woodside School, Peekskill CSD; and Mariam Elraza.

March 28, 2015
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State Senate 2014 Veteran's Hall of Fame Bill Moye Turns 100!

(New Rochelle - March 26th) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the 100th birthday of Bill Moye of New Rochelle. He's a World War II veteran that the Senator inducted into the State Senate's Veteran's Hall of Fame in 2014. The New Rochelle Housing Authority held a celebration.

March 27, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Minimum Wage

“As more and more items are being removed from this year’s State Budget, I am especially concerned that efforts to increase the minimum wage seemed to have stalled. Now is the time to help the hard working men and women who are struggling because of our already inadequately low minimum wage. We cannot miss another opportunity to help lift over 1.1 million New Yorkers out of poverty, and finally pass a meaningful minimum wage increase with indexing."

March 27, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On Education Funding

“Funding for New York State schools should not be held hostage due to the ongoing debate over how best to reform our education system. Our state’s students need help and we have a responsibility to ensure their schools are provided necessary funding immediately. Any delays or excuses to avoid adequate funding will simply hurt our students and that is unacceptable.”

March 26, 2015
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