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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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
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Helpful Tips To Keep Cool In Summer Heat

Don't let the heat ruin your summer, and follow these tips provided by the NYS Department of Health to protect yourself from health risks caused by the heat, and ways you can keep cool this summer:

What should I do before a heat wave?

File: 
NYSDOH Summer Tips To Keep Cool.pdf

July 21, 2015
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Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors - WHITE PLAINS

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65 or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork.

The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include:

October 13, 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM
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Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors - SCARSDALE

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65 or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork.

The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include:

October 8, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors - GREENBURGH

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65 or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork.

The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include:

September 28, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors - YONKERS

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65 or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork.

The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include:

September 25, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Solutions Not Suspensions Community Forum

Agenda: Progress on the SNS Framework, Introduction to Student Advocacy’s Intervention Guide, Ongoing Efforts, Next Steps

July 29, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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SNUG & Alfonzo Conrad William's Baketball Tournament

(Yonkers - July 4th) When the Senator brought the SNUG program to Yonkers in 2010, it quickly made an impact the community. While the Yonkers Police Department is on the frontline of fighting crime in our city, SNUG has been instrumental in helping reduce gun violence and shootings, and steering at-risk kids away from violence. On July 4th, the Senator attended the SNUG & Alfonzo Conrad William's Basketball Tournament at Whitney Young Park in Yonkers.

July 7, 2015
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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.

File: 
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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Northeast Women in Public Finance Panel Discussion

(Manhattan - June 30th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to the Northeast Women in Public Finance group in Manhattan, along with Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, about the challenges of running for office and the resources available to help women get into politics. The moderator was Beth Smayda with ACA Financial Guaranty, the NEWPF Co-Founder. She is also a Councilwoman in White Plains and one of the Senator's constituents.

July 2, 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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