Yonkers Community Blood Drive

Senator Stewart-Cousins is partnering with Empire City Casino and the New York Blood Center (NYBC) to host an on-site community blood drive on Wednesday, September 23rd from 1:00PM - 7:00PM. Free gift from Empire City Casino. Free Health Screening Test. Free Snacks!

September 23, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Statement From Senator Stewart-Cousins Regarding 1199 SEIU Contract Agreement Reached at the Michael Malotz Skilled Nursing Home In Yonkers

Yonkers, NY -  "From my perspective, there were too many lives hanging in the balance: the residents who depend on quality nursing home care; workers facing a diminished standard of living; and a hospital straining under the weight of a nursing home it could no longer afford. That's why I felt it extremely important to bring the parties back to the table and help them stay there, until a deal was reached. Now, Adira will provide excellent nursing home care in partnership with 1199 workers, who will maintain their wages and benefits, so St. John's can continue focusing on what they do best, providing great hospital care." 

Listen to full remarks here: 

August 21, 2015

Greenburgh Town Board Interns Recognition

This evening, the Greenburgh Town Board will recognize the interns who spent time with the town this summer, learning how local government works and initiating important community-minded programs including self-defense workshops. The Senator had an opportunity recently to meet with these young people and couldn't be any prouder. She brought along her two summer interns as well. Internships are a great, free learning opportunity. The Senator urges you to take the initiative and see if the field or area of study you are interestered in, offers internship opportunities. Contact the Senator's District Office in Yonkers at (914) 423-4031 if you're interested in learning more about becoming an intern in her office or at the State Capitol in Albany.

August 19, 2015

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces $310,00 in State Aid Awarded To Renovate Public Libraries in the 35th District

(Yonkers – August 13th) Senator Stewart-Cousins is pleased to announce that five public libraries in her district have been awarded a total of $310,00 in state aid for facility renovations so they will continue to be a vibrant part of their communities. The funding will be allocated as follows:

August 13, 2015

9/11 Health and Compensation Act Press Conference

(White Plains - August 12) Today at Fire Station #6 in White Plains, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to call for passage of a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The measure, first passed in 2010, followed action taken in New York State (Jimmy Nolan's Law named for a Yonkers carpenter) to recognize the second wave of victims. The second wave are the first responders and others who were falling ill years later, after being exposed to the toxic pile of debris of what was left of the World Trade Center. At the time, Jimmy Nolan's Law allowed an additional one-year period for eligible workers to file claims to receive workers compensation.

August 12, 2015

Gigi's Playhouse Grand Opening

(Ardsley - August 1st) At the grand opening of Gigi's Playhouse in Westchester, located on Saw Mill River Road in Ardsley. This unique place is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 30 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge. Welcome to Westchester!

August 11, 2015

Greenburgh Summer Leadership Training Project Graduation

(Greenburgh - August 7th) The Senator congratulated the graduates of the Greenburgh Summer Leadership Training Project and encouraged them to continue on the right path they are taking. The teenagers and youngsters participated in this unique learning opportunity made possible by the Center for Human Options. The organization is celebrating its 46th year. To learn more, visit their website at

August 8, 2015

ArtsWestchester Meeting

(White Plains - August 5th) Senator Stewart-Cousins with (middle) Board of Regents member Judith Johnson and (left) Janet Langsam of ArtsWestchester at the gallery in White Plains, following a meeting to discuss the importance of the arts as part of every child's education. 

August 7, 2015

Senator Stewart-Cousins Supports State Programs To Help Families Facing Foreclosures

(White Plains - August 6th) Nearly 50,000 thousand struggling families in New York State, including 6,800 right here in the Hudson Valley, are getting the help they need to stay in their homes. Through her District Office, Senator Stewart-Cousins has provided countless hours of counseling and assistance to families who live in her Senate District, some of whom fell victim to unscrupulous lenders and are or were facing foreclosure. On August 6th, as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference, the Senator joined her partner in government, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, to highlight the success of the state's efforts following the bursting of the sub-prime mortgage bubble.

August 7, 2015

Yonkers National Night Out

(Yonkers - August 4th) The Senator at National Night Out in Yonkers aimed at preventing crime and forging relationships between the police and the community.

August 5, 2015

Scarsdale Sidewalk Sale

(Scarsdale - August 1st) Senator Stewart-Cousins spent some time greeting her constituents--and some wildlife--at the Scarsdale Sidewalk Sale on August 1st. The Greenburgh Nature Center set up a booth including a snake. The Sidewalk Sale is organized annually by the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce.

August 5, 2015

30th Anniversary Celebration of GuildCare Yonkers

(Yonkers - July 30th) Senator Stewart-Cousins, joined my Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, celebrated with the Lighthouse Guild the anniversary of GuildCare, an adult day health care program serving individuals who are blind, visually-impaired or physically-challenged for 30 years.

August 1, 2015

CWA Rally For A Fair Contract

(New York City - July 25th) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined her brothers and sisters of labor, members of the Communications Workers of America union, during a rally in New York City in support of a fair contract with Verizon in the multi-state region. View. 

July 28, 2015

Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Capitol Pressroom and Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:06 AM and again this evening on Capital Tonight airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT: Interviews on The Capitol Pressroom & on Capital Tonight

WHO: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, July 27, 2015 - The Capitol Pressroom at 11:06 AM, Capital Tonight, airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

July 27, 2015

Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

"The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is an important milestone that should be celebrated. This historic legislation advances equal access for anyone who is disabled and prohibits discrimination against them based on that disability.

"Since the law was passed, we have seen significant progress and accommodation made but the reality is, there is much more to do for truly equal access. For instance, in many cases, a wheelchair ramp to a building or apartment exists but the kitchen sink may still be at a standard height.

July 26, 2015

Greyston Foundation's Workforce Development Graduation

(Yonkers - July 24th) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the graduates of the Greyston Foundation's Workforce Development program in Yonkers. The training program for at-risk or out-of-work individuals provides important skills and support. The graduates are job-ready candidates for culinary arts, customer service, home health aide, security guard and building maintenance positions among others.

July 26, 2015

The Fight for $15: A Step in the Right Direction Following Minimum Wage Increase for Fast Food Worker

(New York City - July 22nd) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined her colleagues in government including Governor Cuomo at a rally with fast food workers on July 22nd, as they celebrated the New York State Wage Board's decision to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City to $15/hour by 2018. The Governor established the Wage Board this year, which issued its recommendations to the cheers of the crowd. "The Wage Board's recommendations are a good first step," said Senator Stewart-Cousins, "but we need to ensure the minimum wage for all New Yorkers is also raised." The Senate Democrats that she leads have been calling for a higher minimum wage ever since the half-measure increase was passed by the legislature three years ago.

July 24, 2015

"The Interrupters" Free Movie Viewing

The Yonkers Family YMCA SNUG/Cure Violence program will be hosting a free viewing of the movie, “The Interrupters,” on August 6, 2015 at the Yonkers Riverfront Library at 4:00 p.m.  Immediately following, we will have some critical conversations about violence in our community of Yonkers.  Please plan to join us and invite your constituents to be there as well.

“The Interrupters” tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Shot over the course of a year, “The Interrupters” captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities.

August 6, 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MWBE Mid Hudson Regional Opportunities EXPO

The MWBE Opportunities EXPO brings together the various New York State agencies/authorities that have a significant presence in each region to provide MWBE firms with local networking opportunities. In addition to providing the prospect of meeting procurement officers, the event will also feature several workshops and panel discussions to deliver important information about doing business with New York State.

The EXPO will include a panel discussion on the Regional Economic Development Council, key projects in the specific region, and the MWBE goal setting process for these projects. In coordination with the Regional Offices, MWBEs will receive information on how to find opportunities for their participation on these key projects.

August 6, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Wage Board Recommendations

“One of the many issues left unaccomplished from this past Legislative Session is the need to raise the state’s minimum wage. For too long, over 1.1 million New Yorkers have been unable to adequately provide for themselves and their families because they do not receive fair compensation for their hard work. Today’s recommendations from the Wage Board are a good first step, but we need to ensure the wages are increased for all New Yorkers. The time is past due for New York State to raise the minimum wage and my colleagues and I in the Senate Democratic Conference will keep up the fight to help lift all New Yorkers out of poverty.”

July 22, 2015