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2015-16 Economic and Revenue Forecast

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File: 
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February 26, 2015
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Meeting Baseball Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez

(Albany - February 26th) Though a New York fan, Leader Stewart-Cousins met Red Sox pitching great Pedro Martinez at the Capitol, as he makes his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Martinez, who was born in the Dominican Republican, has played for five major league teams including the New York Mets. The Senator joined with her colleagues, Senators Adriano Espaillat and Jose Peralta, in recognizing his on and off the field achievements with a resolution in his honor.

February 26, 2015
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Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on NYS Budget Talks and Three (or Four?) Men in a Room

“As we discuss ways to clean up Albany and reform state government, a perfect ​place to start is the much maligned ​three/four men in a room​ budgetary​ ​process. ​In the past we had been led to believe that membership was based on constitutional roles and not simply the whims of the Governor​. Since​ membership​ has now been ​expanded I would hope all Legislative Conference Leaders will be ​included, ​giving all New Yorkers a voice in the budget. The more diversity and light we can shine on this process the better it is for everyone.”

February 25, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Visit To Lincoln High School

(Yonkers - February 24th) Senator Stewart-Cousins went back into the classroom at Lincoln High School in Yonkers to speak to students during Black History Month. Shediscussed the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education, that ended racial segregation in schools. She also discussed the federal court ruling that required Yonkers to integrate its housing and schools. And the importance of participating in democracy, including exercising the right to vote. The Senator thanks Ms. Myers and Principal Sherman for the opportunity, and to the students for their participation.

February 24, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Dems Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honors Civil Rights Pioneer & Centenarian Dr. Olivia Hooker of Greenburgh During Black History Month

(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.

February 24, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:06 AM.

February 24, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On The Passing Of State Senator George Onorato

“I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Senator George Onorato. As a former colleague in the Democratic Conference, Senator Onorato was a gentleman and someone whom I admired.  He was a committed public servant to his lifelong neighbors in Queens and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his children, grandchildren and loved ones.”

February 23, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Honoring Dr. Olivia Hooker with Senate Resolution

(February 21st - Greenburgh) Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized the extraordinary life and accomplishments of civil rights pioneer, the 100 year old Dr. Olivia Hooker of Greenburgh. A survivor of the 1921 race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she would decades later fight for reparations for the destruction of what was referred to as Black Wall Street. She is the first African-American female to serve in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. She became a psychologist at a time when few women of color did. The Senator proudly gave her a copy of the Senate resolution in her honor that she introduced.

February 23, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces “Fair New York” Plan With Major Help For Minimum Wage Workers

Create Up to 20,000 Affordable Units of Housing, Over 150,000 Thousand Jobs and Rebuilds Crumbling Infrastructure

Albany, NY - Leading up to budget negotiations, the Senate Democratic Conference today urged the state to act on “Fair New York,” an investment plan for the state’s projected $5.1 billion surplus that focuses on stimulating future economic growth by creating good jobs and making New York State a more affordable place to live and do business.  The plan makes significant one-time investments across New York State in affordable housing, transportation and education infrastructure, environmental protections and improvements and significant tax relief rebates for low-wage individuals and families.

February 19, 2015
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Caucus Weekend: Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Source: City & State TV)

Source: City & State

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins sits down with Gerson Borrero and Michael Johnson at City & State's hub location at the NYS Conference of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus Weekend. 

Click here to watch the interview.

February 17, 2015
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NYS Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus Weekend Award Recipients

(Albany - February 14th) Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblymember Gary Pretlow, congratulated the award recipients during the NYS Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus Weekend: Gail Wright Sirman (right center) who received the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Dr. Olivia Hooker, the Honorable Delores Scott Brathwaite (center) who received The Joseph L. Galiber Award, and Dennis Hanratty (left center) who received Housing and Economic Development Award.

February 16, 2015
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In the News: Westchester’s Black Leaders—And The Black Leaders That Inspired Them (Source: Westchester Magazine)

Source: Westchester Magazine

In honor of Black History Month, Senator Stewart-Cousinns spoke to Westchester Magazine about who inspired her, "Mary McLeod Bethune is an inspiration to me, with her remarkable life’s path and the rich legacy of education, civil rights, leadership, and political activism she left behind. With $1.50 and five students, she began a small school in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1904 that became Bethune-Cookman University.

February 12, 2015
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Volunteer New York's 65th Anniversary Celebration

(White Plains - February 11th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke about the importance of community service and giving back at the press conference celebrating Volunteer New York!'s 65th Anniversary. The press conference featured a symbolic phone which represents the first call made by Mrs. Jane Schwartz who founded the organization when she realized there was no resource to connect individuals with volunteer opportunities. Since then, Volunteer! New York has grown to serve Westchester County, Rockland County, and Putnam County, and continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community.

February 11, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizing Black History Month

(Albany - February 10th) Noting the strides made by African-Americans in our nation, our state and even in positions of leadership in the New York State Legislature, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Minority Leader, spoke on the Senate Resolution designating February as Black History Month. “With this resolution, I wanted to make sure we understood there are leaders that change our lives. Obviously, nationally noted, and then right in our communities; even right here in our legislature.”

February 11, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Introduces the “Clean Up Albany” Legislative Package

Includes Legislation that Restricts Outside Income, Closes LLC Loophole, Ends State Reimbursements for Legal Defense and Strips Pensions from Corrupt Officials

February 9, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference to Announce Major Ethics Plan and a Cap On Outside Income

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will announce a major ethics reforms legislative package on Monday, February 9, at 12:00 PM.   

WHO: Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference

WHEN: Monday, February 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM

WHERE: Senate Democratic Conference Room, Room 315 Capitol, Albany 

February 9, 2015
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2015-16 Blue Book

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File: 
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February 6, 2015
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Fatal Train Collision in Valhalla

"This was a horrific tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and those that have been injured. There will be a full investigation into this heartbreaking incident and over the next few days we will find out exactly what happened. Now is the time for all us to support those so deeply affected by this tragedy."

February 4, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remembering Former Governor M. Cuomo

“I didn’t have the privilege of serving with Governor Mario Cuomo, but I had the privilege of knowing him outside of the formal atmosphere of governor.” This was a snippet of the heartwarming reflection given by Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins about Governor Mario Cuomo. The Senator addressed the Senate to pay homage to the late governor. The decision to honor his life and legacy came unanimously supported through a resolution which Senator Stewart-Cousins co-sponsored. She spoke on the ways in which he created opportunity for individuals who typically would not. She lamented on the fact that he was so successful as a leader because he understood what it was like to be that person on the outside, on the inside.

February 3, 2015
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Minority Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on the Election of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

“Speaker Heastie is someone who will lead the Assembly with a steady hand and I congratulate him on his election. This is a historic moment for both the Assembly and State Government as a whole. As we begin Black History Month, it is uplifting that another barrier has finally been broken. I look forward to working with Speaker Heastie to ensure all our state’s residents receive the progressive representation they desire, and offer my full support to him as we all work together to restore the people's trust in government.”

February 3, 2015
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