Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Minimum Wage

“Minimum wage earners throughout New York State continue to struggle to make ends meet and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Though our lowest paid workers will get a small wage increase today​ they will not reach a scheduled $9.00​ per hour until New Year’s Day 2016. New York​ could and should do better. The Senate Democratic Conference will continue to fight for a real minimum wage increase.​"


December 31, 2014

80th Anniversary of the Yonkers Jewish War Veterans Post #68

(Yonkers - December 28th) Senator Stewart-Cousins honoring the 80th anniversary of the Yonkers Jewish War Veterans Post #68 with a Senate Proclamation. Pictured with the Senator are Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, Senator George Latimer, Elliott Palais, Stan Bernstein and Yonkers City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino.\


December 29, 2014

Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Passing of Former Senator Owen Johnson

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Owen Johnson. Senator Johnson was a true gentleman who provided decades of service to the residents of New York State.  As a colleague and friend, I am truly grateful for the kindness and respect Owen showed me during our time together in the State Senate. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and loved ones.”

December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

"As we celebrate this joyous season of hope and renewal, I would like to wish those who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas. Now is the time of year when we join with friends, family and loved ones so that we can truly appreciate our many blessings. It is my deepest wish that the spirit of this season will last well beyond the Christmas holiday and that we may all enter the new year dedicated to helping each other build a stronger, more compassionate and hopeful community."

December 24, 2014

Irvington Menorah Lighting

(Irvington - December 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrating Hanukkah in Irvington by lighting the menorah outside the fire house with some little helpers on Sunday. Organizers put together family fun & activities including music and entertainment.

December 22, 2014

2015 Holiday Open House

Please come welcome in the New Year at Senator Stewart-Cousins Open House in her District Office. To RSVP, please RSVP at (914) 423-4031.

January 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Yonkers City Hall Holiday Open House

(Yonkers - December 18th) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrating the holiday season at an Open House at Yonkers City Hall hosted by Mayor Michael Spano and at Troy Manor with the seniors.

December 19, 2014

Yonkers City Hall Hanukkah Celebration

(Yonkers - December 17th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined her colleagues in government and members of the Jewish Community at Yonkers City Hall to light the menorah in celebration of Hanukkah. Rabbi Rigoberto Vinas of the Lincoln Jewish Park Center led the ceremony with Cantor Michael Kasper and cantorial students from the Academy for Jewish Religion as well as members of the Yonkers High School Woodwind Band who also performed.

December 18, 2014

Senate Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Stewart-Cousins' Statement on the Hydraulic Fracturing Decision

"I applaud Governor Cuomo for allowing the science regarding hydraulic fracturing to determine if drilling should be allowed in New York and I commend the experts at the State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health for their diligent work on this matter. The Senate Democratic Conference has been a leader in the fight to protect our state’s natural resources and New Yorkers’ health and we are glad that Governor Cuomo’s administration stands united with us in this effort."

December 17, 2014

188 Warburton Groundbreaking

(Yonkers - December 15th) The round was broken for a new affordable housing project at 188 Warburton Avenue. The $27 million project with 51 units will replace two buildings at the aging Cottage Gardens Complex next door. State, federal and local financing will make it all possible. The Community Builders, Inc, one of the nation's leading nonprofit real estate developers and owners will build it with the Muncipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers. As someone who grew up in public housing, I have a true appreciation for affordable housing projects like this that will make a real difference in so many lives, by providing a clean, safe and secure home. I support state financing options that turn affordable housing plans into reality.

December 17, 2014

Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Need for Ethics Reforms in Special Session

"The Senate Democratic Conference has consistently called for common sense ethics and campaign reforms and we agree with Governor Cuomo in his call for passing these initiatives immediately. As with all progressive legislation, including the NY-SAFE Act, the Compassionate Care Act, and Marriage Equality, the Senate Democratic Conference stands ready to provide the necessary support to ensure passage.  Ethics and campaign finance reforms should not be a partisan issue. We will continue our fight to clean up Albany and pass strong ethics reforms and we look forwarding to working with any state leader who will join us in these efforts."

December 16, 2014

Hugh Doyle Senior Center Holiday Party

(December 13th - New Rochelle) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrating the holiday season with the seniors at the Hugh Doyle Center in New Rochelle and the high school volunteers who were the servers.

December 15, 2014

Press Release: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces 2014 Regional Economic Development Council Awards in the 35th State Senate District

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Conference Leader, is pleased to announce that major funding for several key projects in the 35th District are part of the grant awards announced Thursday through the Regional Economic Development Councils. The Saw Mill River Daylighting, Phase III in downtown Yonkers, a major art exhibition in White Plains, and a pedestrian/cycle bridge over Andre Brook in Tarrytown are among the numerous projects receiving state economic development dollars in the Mid-Hudson Region. This seven county region that includes Westchester is considered a “Top Performer,” and will receive $82.8 million this year.

December 12, 2014

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Recognizing the Heroic Efforts of Jenna Fanelli

(Greenburgh - December 10th) State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins recognized the heroic efforts of Jenna Fanelli with a Senate Proclamation at the Greenburgh Town Board meeting. This summer, Jenna was in Yonkers at a riverfront park when she learned a six year old autistic boy had gone into the river. Another man, Boyce Coleman of Yonkers, had jumped in after the child and so did Jenna. The 23-year-old Elmsford resident was able to bring the child back to shore safely. Unfortunately, Boyce did not survive. You never know how or when the skills you have - Jenna is an accomplished swimmer and lifeguard - will be called into action. Thank you Jenna! 

December 11, 2014

Press Release: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Re-elected as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference

Albany, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers was re-elected as the Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference in Albany on Tuesday.

“I am honored and humbled to be re-elected by my Democratic Senate colleagues, and I thank them for their continued trust and support,” said Senate Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins. “As the Senate Minority Leader in 2015, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the State Senate, as well as the State Assembly and Governor Cuomo.”

Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins continues in her history-making leadership role. She became the first female leader of a legislative conference in New York State history in 2012 when her colleagues first elected her Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference.

December 10, 2014

Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Reforms To Criminal Justice System

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today announced the introduction of legislation to reform the state’s criminal justice system and address incidents of police-caused fatalities. This initiative was introduced following a grand jury’s decision not to bring charges against a police officer who caused the death of an unarmed civilian and will implement a permanent Office of Special Investigation to review similar cases in the future. The Senate Democratic Conference also issued a call for funds to be provided in the 2015-2016 State Budget for law enforcement institutions to invest in wearable video cameras.

December 9, 2014

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

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:20 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM


December 8, 2014

Community Voices Heard Honored Senator Stewart-Cousins with Shirley Chisholm Lights of Freedom Award

(Yonkers - December 2nd) Community Voices Heard honored Senator Stewart-Cousins with a Shirley Chisholm Lights of Freedom Award, named for the first African-American woman elected to Congress. CVH has a Westchester chapter in Yonkers that empowers low-income people, predominantly women with experience on welfare, to improve their lives, their family's life and their communities.

December 3, 2014

Guidance Center Creative Learning Center Grand Opening

(New Rochelle - November 24th) Senator Stewart-Cousins at the grand opening of the Child Guidance Center of Westchester's Creative Learning Center in New Rochelle. Congratulations on the new location! This is a great opportunity for parents of pre-school children that gets state pre-k and other funding as well as private tuition.

November 25, 2014

Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces Scarsdale Reserve Fund Bill Now Law

Scarsdale, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed into law bill (S7322-2013) that allows the Scarsdale Union Free School District to maintain a health insurance reserve fund, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

November 24, 2014