VFW Empire Post #375's Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins thanked the veterans of the VFW Empire Post #375's for their service to our country at their Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11th in Yonkers, NY. Senator Stewart-Cousins, whose father was a member of the "Buffalo Soldiers" 92nd Infantry Division and fought in Italy during WWII, mentioned in her speech, "Due to my father's and millions of other veterans' unrelenting persistence and selflessness to defend this country, we are able to enjoy days like Veterans' Day."

November 12, 2013

Seely Place Elementary School "Take A Vet To School Day"

On Wednesday, November 6th, Seely Place Elementary School in Edgemont participated in The History Channel's "Take A Vet To School Day", a national program that encourages communities and schools to invite veterans of all backgrounds to share their stories and receive thanks for their service on or around Veterans Day. At this event, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to a group of over 400 elementary school children about her father and brother's WWII and Vietnam War experiences and the importance of honoring veterans because of the vital roles they play in defending our nation.

November 10, 2013

Montefiore Acquisition of Sound Shore Medical Center Press Conference

On November 6th, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the press conference announcing the acquisition of Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle by Montefiore. SSMC was at risk of closing, but Montefiore's acquisition will save hundreds of jobs and maintain access to health care for the New Rochelle community. Pictured here with the Senator are Councilman Ivar Hyden, Montefiore CEO Dr. Steven Safyer, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Councilman Jared Rice and Congressman Eliot Engel.

November 8, 2013

Senator Stewart-Cousins at the 2013 Somos El Futuro Conference

Senator Stewart-Cousins with New York City Mayor-Elect Bill DeBlasio and his wife at the 2013 Somos El Futuro Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Somos is an annual event that brings together legislators and other state leaders to discuss policy initiatives that impact Latino communities of New York State. Senator Stewart-Cousins hosted a widely attended reception at the Somos Conference, and participated in several workshops and events the following day.

November 7, 2013

Senator Stewart-Cousins Speaks at the WCA "Raise The Age" Town Hall Meeting

One of the leading advocates for children in Westchester, Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the WCA "Raise the Age" Town Hall Meeting as a panelist to raise awareness to "raise the age of criminal responsibility for juvenile offenders". The meeting was held on Wednesday evening, October 30th, at the White Plains Public Library.

November 4, 2013

Senator Stewart-Cousins Presents Proclamation at OES Luncheon

On Saturday, November 2nd, Senator Stewart-Cousins presented a proclamation to Arretta Prashad, former President of the Order of the Eastern Star Terrace City Chapter #26 for her commendable service to the community and OES organization at their annual luncheon held at the Riverview in Hastings, NY.

November 3, 2013

Regeneron Groundbreaking Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins broke ground at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, kicking off the expansion project of the company's corporate headquarters and laboratories in Westchester County. New York State contributed $8.5 million in tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program to make this expansion possible.

November 2, 2013

Understanding the Affordable Care Act Community Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins, in partnership with the Community Baptist Church Men's Club, hosted a community forum to discuss and share information about the new Affordable Care Act on Monday, October 28th at the Community Baptist Church in Yonkers, NY. 

November 1, 2013

November 5th is Election Day!

Don't forget, November 5th is Election Day, an opportunity to make our voices heard and shape the future of our state and its policies. When more New Yorkers vote, democracy thrives and our government more truly represents the people it’s meant to serve.

New Yorks' November 5th ballot includes many ballot measures, some of which will affect New Yorkers for decades or more. Some issues addressed by the propositions include casino gambling, service credits for veterans, age limits for judges, and a proposed land exchange to allow mining in the Adirondacks. Also to be decided this election day are the mayoral, district attorney, and county executive races for many cities and counties throughout New York State.

October 31, 2013

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November has been designated National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month to remind Americans to update our understanding of this all too common disease, and be better informed.

October 30, 2013

Trick-or-Treating This Halloween? Don't Forget, Safety First!

Halloween is a festive time of year, especially for children, but it is also an important time to increase vigilance and be on the lookout for possible safety hazards so take the necessary steps to ensure that Halloween celebrations remain safe and fun for all participants.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided tips to help guarantee a safe holiday this Halloween. These tips include:

October 30, 2013

NAACP Holds 47th Freedom Fund Luncheon (Hudson Valley Press)

Source: Hudson Valley Press

Wappinger Falls, NY - Vote. Vote. Vote. That was the resounding messages that filled Villa Borghese on Saturday afternoon. 

October 30, 2013

80th Anniversary of Deadly Forced Famine, Holodomor, Remembered (Source:


Colonie, NY - A little known tragedy in world history was remembered tonight as Ukrainian Americans in the Capital District begin a week of activities to mark 80 years since the forced famine that killed millions in the 1930’s.

An exhibit on what’s called the Holodomor, or death by hunger, is on display all week at the Colonie Town Library.

On Monday night the library was also the site of the screening of a documentary on the famine genocide.

October 29, 2013

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Lung cancer continues to affect thousands of New Yorkers and their families every year, and represents a significant risk to public health. Thousands of lives can be saved each year through awareness, healthful lifestyles, and medical care.

October 28, 2013

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honored By Family Planning Advocates

Albany, NY - Democratic State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was honored on Friday, October 25th by Family Planning Advocates of New York State at their annual recognition luncheon. Leader Stewart-Cousins was given the Shirley Gordon Public Policy Leadership award in recognition of her leadership of the Senate Democratic Conference and her dedication to progressive, common sense approaches to ensuring that safe reproductive health care is always available to the women of New York.

October 25, 2013

Forum/Town Hall: A Community Forum: Understanding the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care)

Are you uninsured, underinsured, or are your insurance premiums too high? Do you want to know how the Affordable Care Act impacts you? Attend this Community Forum to find out if you're eligible, how and where to apply, what options are available, and details on financial aid. For more information, please call Symra Brandon at the District Office (914) 423-4031.

October 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Groundbreaking for Ben’s Kosher Deli and Restaurant in Scarsdale

Senator Stewart-Cousins broke ground at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen and Restaurant in Scarsdale. The two story facility located on Central Avenue will offer kosher catering deli and restaurant service. It will also have a full bar and feature an extensive list of freshly made daily specials that will appeal to a broader customer base, in addition to the traditional Kosher deli fare that made Ben's famous. This will be Ben's seventh location, joining its three locations in Long Island, one in Queens, one in Manhattan and one in Boca Raton, FL.

October 18, 2013

Senator Stewart-Cousins Earns High Marks in Environmental Advocate Ranking

EPL/ Environmental Advocates released their annual legislative score card and Senator Stewart-Cousins received the second highest score of any member of the Senate. Each year, the advocacy group grades legislators on their environmental voting records on a select group of bills chosen by the organization called “super bills”. Senator Stewart-Cousins consistently places near the top of the rankings each year. This year, EPL/ Environmental Advocates had far fewer bills from which to grade legislators in the State Senate because that body only voted on 11 environmental bills, compared to 26 in the Assembly.

October 18, 2013

Small Farm Tour in Ulster County Promotes Upstate Agricultural Economy

Recognizing the importance of the agricultural sector to the New York economy, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk and Toby-Ann Stavisky for a tour of three small farms in Ulster County. Organized by Senator Tkaczyk, the tour demonstrated how vital agriculture is for the local and statewide economy and helped educate the legislators about the challenges facing small family farms.

October 10, 2013

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Tkaczyk & Senator Stavisky Tour Upstate Farms

Ulster County, NY - Recognizing the importance of the agriculture sector to the New York economy, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Senator Toby-Ann Stavisky toured various Ulster County farms. Senator Tkaczyk helped organize this event to better demonstrate how vital agriculture is for the local and statewide economy and for legislators to gain a deeper appreciation of the challenges facing small family farms.

October 9, 2013