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.
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.
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.
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.
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.