Senator Stewart-Cousins kicked off the summer with residents of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center and their families at the first annual St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation Block Party on Saturday, June 21st. The free event filled with games, food, arts and crafts, live music, a petting zoo, and raffles, was an opportunity for friends and neighbors of the community to learn more about the Foundation as well as meet the residents of the Pediatric Center.
Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced passage of legislation to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State.
Prior to voting for the bill, Senator Stewart-Cousins said, “I hope that everyone who has taken the time, pushed this rock up the hill, understands that we could never have done it without you. Our hats off, much gratitude. Let’s get this done.”
The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.
On the last day of Session, Democratic Conference Leader explaining her support of the medical marijuana bill, also known as the Compassionate Care Act, telling a story of a long-time friend whose husband had to go to California to receive relief for his illness.. and how this shouldn't have had to happen.
Today is June 19th, and on this Juneteenth, celebrated as Black Independence Day by African-Americans, I pause to commemorate the end of slavery. In 1862, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation but it took close to three more years before all slaves were freed.
Senator Stewart-Cousins spent some time with constituents at the Father's Day Celebration with Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority and the Pelton Athletic Club which was held at Pelton Park in Yonkers, an event to encourage young fathers to take an active part in their children's lives.
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. "
“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. "
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.
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.
“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. She was a lovely person, who was always very generous with her time, helping community organizations and local theater companies. I mourn her loss along with her family and the residents of New Rochelle where she and her late husband Ossie Davis made their home.”
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.
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.
A known fighter for the environment, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Village of Scarsdale Mayor Steves and friends 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.
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.
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.