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Greenburgh Santa Breakfast

Hundreds of children in Greenburgh attended the Hartsdale Rotary Club's breakfast with Santa Claus this year at the Anthony F. Veteran Park Multipurpose Room. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined in the festivities, and is pictured here with Greenburgh residents Zack Kaczmarek, Ron Tvert, Councilwoman Diana Juettner and Joan Stern.

December 17, 2013
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Meeting with Lower Hudson Valley Council of School Superintendents

On Friday, December 13th, the Lower Hudson Valley Council of School Superintendents hosted their annual legislative meeting to discuss education policy for the upcoming legislative year. As she does every year, Senator Stewart-Cousins participated in the meeting. Two of the main topics of concern shared by the Superintendents were the implementation of the Common Core Standards and the sharing of student data with third parties. Senator Stewart-Cousins explained that she supports a slower phase-in of the Common Core implementation, and also supports allowing parents to opt-out of having their student's data shared with third parties.

December 16, 2013
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International Human Rights Day Celebration

To celebrate International Human Rights Day, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the celebration of Yonkers Commission on Human Rights’ 50th Anniversary enacted on October 1, 1963 by the City of Yonkers. The breakfast event was held on Saturday, December 14th at the Riverview on Hastings-on-Hudson with a theme "Advancing Women's Equality" which explored the state of gender equality today and examine possible strategies and steps to promote and realize gender equity in the future. Also at the event, Judge Delores Braithwaite, pictured here with the Senator.

December 16, 2013
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Annual AFL-CIO Holiday Party

On Thursday, December 12th, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined her friends in labor at the annual AFL-CIO Holiday Party. The Senator is pictured here with Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi also attended the holiday party. The Senator is pictured below with Mr. Iannuzzi, Pat Puleo and Florence McCue.

December 15, 2013
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Haitian Resources Center First Annual Gala

Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized the Haitian Resource Center with a proclamation at their First Annual Gala on Friday, December 13th at the Thomas H. Slater Center in White Plains, NY. Just established in March this year, the mission of the Haitian Resource Center is to provide services to the growing and underserved Haitian population in Westchester County" including enrichment programs for children and referrals for immigration and citizenship services among others.

December 15, 2013
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Yonkers Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins is picture at the 2013 Annual Yonkers Tree Lighting Ceremony in Getty Square in Yonkers.

December 14, 2013
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Lawmakers, College Officials React to Regional Council Awards (Source: Albany Watch)

Nearly $716 million in grants, tax breaks and other incentives were awarded Wednesday as part of the state’s annual Regional Economic Development Council awards, with the Mid-Hudson region raking in about $59 million—the sixth-largest of 10 awards. Afterward, it was all smiles from state lawmakers, education officials and other council members, including Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers.

December 11, 2013
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AAMW Domestic Violence Workshop

On Saturday, December 7th, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the African American Men of Westchester's Annual Domestic Violence workshop in White Plains. The Seminar brought about 75 young men from Westchester together to increase awareness about domestic violence, take part in confidence-building exercises and learn how to identify stereotypes of women and men. Senator Stewart-Cousins praised the participants for attending and encouraged them to act as ambassadors to their friends in order to help end the cycle of domestic violence.

December 10, 2013
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Today’s Tax Commission Report

“The Senate Democratic Conference has long called for common-sense reforms to the state’s tax code and the need to reduce the burden placed on New York’s families and businesses. I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to achieve these goals. My colleagues in Senate Democratic Conference have already been urging for many of the recommendations included in today’s commission report, including passage of a property tax circuit breaker and the immediate elimination of the 18-A energy surcharge. We will continue our efforts to ensure New York is a state where families and businesses thrive.”

December 10, 2013
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Untermeyer Performing Arts Center's Christmas Tree Lighting

Senator Stewart-Cousins is pictured with carolers, kids and elected officials at the Untermeyer Performing Arts Center's Annual Holiday Celebration in Yonkers on Friday, December 6th.

December 8, 2013
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Scarsdale Christmas Tree Lighting

Senator Stewart-Cousins is pictured here with Scarsdale Mayor Robert Steves at the annual Scarsdale Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 6th.

December 8, 2013
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Uninsured Yonkers Families Enroll for Health Care Under the New Affordable Care Act/Obamacare (Source: Yonkers Tribune)

Source: Yonkers Tribune

More than 100 of Yonkers working families flooded the Riverfront Library in downtown Yonkers on Saturday to learn more about new and affordable health care options through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare.

December 7, 2013
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Moreland Commission Report

“This preliminary report details common -sense steps to clean up Albany. As evidenced by our own package of reforms introduced last year, Senate Democratic Conference members have been staunch advocates for many of these recommendations. We look forward to helping restore the public's trust in government.”

Click here to view the official press release.

December 3, 2013
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Luther V. Garrison Sr. Masonic Foundation Inc. Scholarship Luncheon

On Saturday, November 30th, Senator Stewart-Cousins had the honor of rewarding students entering college the Luther V. Garrison Scholarship at the annual luncheon hosted at the Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers, NY. The LVG Scholarship program "is designed to assist with students' necessities, and instill the confidence to stay in school". This year's scholarship recipients included Ms. Samatha Brown (pictured above), Councilman Chris Johnson (Father of Chavay Dickerson Scholarship), Mr. Kasaad Mayo, Mr. Donald Lee, Mr. Dennis Richmond. Ms. Jessie Grant-Robertson received the Community Award and Ms.

December 2, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins with Governor Cuomo at the Nepperhan Community Center

Senator Stewart-Cousins with Governor Cuomo after handing out 135 turkeys to needy families at the Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers on Wednesday morning of November 27th, just in time for Thanksgiving.

November 27, 2013
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on the Capitol Pressroom

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

WHAT: Interview on the Capitol Pressroom

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Listen Live! here: http://www.wcny.org/radio/capitolpressroom/

November 27, 2013
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The Importance Of Giving Back This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is a time for us to celebrate with loved ones and reflect on all that we are thankful for. As we observe this holiday, let us consider the needs of our less fortunate friends and neighbors. Donating time, money and food items to organizations that serve Thanksgiving meals to members of the public in need is an excellent way to celebrate this holiday and give a helping hand to our fellow New Yorkers.

November 26, 2013
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Westchester Residential Opportunities 45th Anniversary Benefit

Senator Stewart-Cousins at the Westchester Residential Opportunities 45th Anniversary Benefit on Thursday, November 14th at the Ritz-Carlton Westchester. The Senator spoke about the importance of non-profit organizations like WRO and her own upbringing in public housing. Also at the event were (photo above, left-right) Honoree John Becker, former New York Giants' runningback Tiki Barber, Honoree John Nonna, Honoree Geoffrey Anderson, and News Channel 12 Westchester Anchor Michelle Brown.

November 18, 2013
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"The First Year Experience" Roundtable Discussion

On Wednesday, November 13th, Senator Stewart-Cousins participated in "The First Year Experience" roundtable discussion along with other female legislators including Greenburgh Town Clerk Judith Beville and Westchester County Legislators Virginia Perez (District 17), Maryjane Shimsky (District 12), and Alfreda Williams (District 8), held at the Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY.

November 15, 2013
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Westchester Women's Bar Association Roundtable Discussion

On Tuesday, November 12th, The Westchester Women's Bar Association hosted a round-table with local elected officials including Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer to discuss "how they became electeds or community leaders and what is required on a daily basis so those that are interested in an elected office position have first hand insight as to what it takes".

November 15, 2013
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