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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Supports Legislation to Combat the Rising Heroin and Opioid Abuse Crisis

Albany, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, supports an agreement by Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on a package of reforms to combat the growing heroin epidemic facing communities throughout New York State.​​

“Within the last decade opioid use, particularly among young adults, has risen at an alarming and unacceptable rate,” Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “We have a responsibility to combat this addictive and deadly substance and educate the public against its use. This package of bills is a step in the right direction. These laws will be an effective tool in fighting the heroin and opioid scourge that our state is facing. "

June 19, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on the Heroin Bills Package

“Within the last decade opioid use, particularly among young adults, has risen at an alarming and unacceptable rate,” Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “We have a responsibility to combat this addictive and deadly substance and educate the public against its use. Today's announcement is a step in the right direction and these laws will be an effective tool in fighting the heroin and opioid scourge that our state is facing. "

June 18, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Meeting with New York Rangers' Martin St. Louis, Dominic Moore, Derek Stepan & GM Glen Sather

Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins took a moment to meet New York Rangers' Martin St. Louis, Dominic Moore, Derek Stepan & GM Glen Sather on Tuesday, June 18th. The Rangers were at the Capitol being recognized with a resolution in the Assembly for their near-victory at the Stanley Cup this year.

June 17, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Paying Tribute to the Life of Ruby Lee

Leader Stewart-Cousins took a moment during Session on Tuesday, June 17th to pay tribute to the legendary actress, civil rights activist, and New Rochelle resident, Ruby Lee, recognizing her efforts and her service to the community, nationally and locally.

June 17, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Capital Tonight this evening airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT: Interview on Capital Tonight

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, June 16, 2014, airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

June 16, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Pledging Once Again to #WaitToText

After trying out the "Texting & Driving" simulator located at the LOB which shows just how dangerous texting and driving is on the morning of June 16th, Senator Stewart-Cousins pledged once again that she will #WaitToText and urges all New Yorkers to do the same. Click here for more information about New York State's mobile phone and portable electronic device laws.

June 16, 2014
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Press Release: Statement on the Death of Oscar-Nominated Actress & Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee of New Rochelle

“Oscar-nominated actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee paved the way for many of us by setting a wonderful example of strength and courage. She made her mark on history, from Broadway to Hollywood, fighting for racial equality in the arts after standing with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

June 12, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Improve Violent Crime Reporting on Campuses, Combat Animal Cruelty, and More!

Stop Sex Offenders From Residing Near Those They Targeted: New York law lacks any provision to maintain distance between survivors of sex crimes and the sex offenders who attack them.

June 12, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Funding Increase to Support Special Education Providers

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced along with Governor Andrew Cuomo that special education providers in the 35th State Senate District are among those statewide who will be getting a 3.8% increase in reimbursement rates. These schools, a majority of which are located within Westchester County, serve the diverse and complex needs of students outside of the traditional school settings. These students need assistance due to emotional or physical disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, or trauma, or because of their involvement with the juvenile justice, social service or child welfare system.

June 10, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins and the NY Women's Equality Coalition Push for Women's Equality Act

With less than two weeks of session left, the New York Women's Equality Coalition was joined by Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in front of the Senate Chamber as session was happening on Tuesaday, June 10th, to urge her Senate colleagues to bring the Women's Equality Act to the floor for a vote.

June 10, 2014
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Friends of the Scarsdale Parks Annual Spring Festival & Heritage Tree Project

A known fighter for the environment, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Village of Scarsdale Mayor Steves at the Friends of the Scarsdale Parks Annual Spring Festival and Heritage Tree Project on Sunday, June 8th to recognize the environmental benefits and beauty of parks around Scarsdale, as well as inform residents how native trees and shrubs can be incorporated in their own yards and gardens.

June 10, 2014
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Scarsdale-Edgemont Girl Scouts Gold Award Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the Scarsdale-Edgemont Girl Scouts Gold Award Ceremony on Sunday, June 8th to recognize girls receiving the Girl Scouts Gold Award. These awards are given to girls who "live the Girl Scout Promise & Law in their daily life by identifiying issues they care about and making a lasting positive impact in the communities". This year's recipient included Angela Coco, Julia Cotter, Shannon Cover, Gabriella Salvatore, Kalila Sharpio, Madeline Ware, and Dana Wohlfarth, all pictured with the Senator.

June 10, 2014
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Wiley Christian Academy Graduation Commencement

The Wiley Christian Academy located in Yonkers, NY held its first Graduation Commencement Exercise on Sunday, June 8th where Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke words of encouragement to the 19 kindergarten students graduating from the academy and their family members. 

June 10, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Joins Advocates for Working Families in Call for Passage of Paid Family Leave Insurance Bill

Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins, joined by Senators Addabbo and Krueger, urged her colleagues in the Senate to pass the Paid Family Leave Insurance Bill (S.4742-B) before the end of session at a press conference held on Monday, June 9th. The bill, which passed the Assembly in March and is sponsored by Senator Addabbo in the Senate, would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of partial wages during time off from work taken to care for an infant or seriously ill family member. This bill would be entirely employee-paid through small payroll deductions that start at just $0.45 cents and rise to roughly $0.88 a week over four years. 

June 9, 2014
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A Celebration of Gratitude: Honoring North Street Community Partners for the Gift of 317 North Street

Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, on Wednesday, June 4th at "A Celebration of Gratitude", a ceremony to honor North Street Community Partners for donating the 317 North Street building and property, making it the permanent home for the John A. Coleman School and Children's Rehabilitation Center. The school and rehab center provide educational and therapeutic services to over 5,000 of New York's children dealing with complex medical conditions. Also in the photos include Pat Tursi, President of the John A.

June 6, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Exempt Vets from Property Taxes, Funding Energy-Efficient Upgrades to Dairy Farms, and More!

Exempt Certain Veterans From Property Taxes: S4136A will provide a 100% property tax exemption for veterans (or their unmarried surviving spouses) of engagements that certain campaign ribbons and medals have been issued for, and who are designated 100% disabled as a result of military service.

June 5, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Mourns the Death of Maya Angelou

Senator Stewart-Cousins mourns the death of Maya Angelou, who died on May 28th after a long illness, reciting one of the famous author-actress-poet's work "Still I Rise".  

June 3, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Release Minimum Wage Report And Push For Local Minimum Wage Option

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today released a comprehensive report detailing the economic benefits New York State would receive from authorizing a minimum wage local option. The Senate Democratic Conference also urged for immediate passage of legislation that would allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

June 2, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Releases Minimum Wage Report And Pushes For Passage Of Local Minimum Wage Option

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will be joined by minimum wage activists to push for Senate passage of legislation to allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Members of the Senate Democratic Conference, Minimum Wage Activists

WHEN: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

June 2, 2014
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June is LGBT Pride Month

June was chosen as LGBT pride month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of June, 1969. Today, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated worldwide with festivals, parades, concerts, and parties where LGBT community members and allies gather to celebrate their pride, rights, contributions to society, openness and diversity.

May 30, 2014
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