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Happy Father's Day!

On this Father's Day, we recognize and appreciate the formative role these men have in our lives, whether they are our biological fathers or those who have taken on this role. Fathers should be praised for the valuable knowledge and loving bond they create with a child. Whether its tough love designed to motivate you or a kind word acknowledging an achievement, our fathers play an important role in shaping who we become in life. Happy Father's Day!

June 22, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: State Workforce Injury Reduction Act, Reducing Costs For Localities, and More!

Expanding Eligibility for Admission to the NYS Veterans Home: Senate bill, S.305A, sponsored Democratic Senator Adriano Espaillat, broadens the requirements for admissions to the New York State veterans’ nursing home by including veterans who served in combat operations during our most recent conflicts and wars. These facilities provide veterans with valuable rehabilitation to improve their quality of life when they return home. Previously, eligibility was only allowed for veterans who served honorably in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

June 19, 2015
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Now is the Time to Strengthen and Extend Rent Laws

 Click the link below to view the Education Update from Senator Stewart-Cousins. This will open a PDF document in a new window. To download the PDF viewer, click here.

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Rent Control Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins.pdf

June 16, 2015
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Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park Rededication Ceremony

(Dobbs Ferry - June 13th) Dobbs Ferry has done a terrific job of revitalizing its Hudson riverfront. On June 13th, Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the official dedication following several years of work. The Senator supported the village's request for $2.3 million of state funding that helped make the project a reality. The park is a wonderful example of a public/private partnership as well, given that Westchester County added $2 million and a local couple, Arch and Marie McKellar, also contributed one million dollars. There is improved access to the majestic Hudson with a boat launch for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Children and families will enjoy playgrounds and picnic areas.

June 15, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Tax Credits For Parents Who Adopt Foster Care Children, Promoting Community Gardens, and More!

Tax Credits For Parents Who Adopt Foster Care Children: Senate Bill S.2026, sponsored by Democratic State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, will provide tax credits to people who adopt children from the foster system, and will make it easier for parents to afford the process, encouraging more people to adopt children from the system.

June 11, 2015
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An Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2015 (Spanish Version)

Click the link below to view the Education Update from Senator Stewart-Cousins. This will open a PDF document in a new window. To download the PDF viewer, click here.

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Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins Spanish.pdf

June 10, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins's Session Remarks on Senate Resolution Honoring Edith M. Flanigen

(Albany - June 9th) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed the chamber with the presentation of a resolution to Ms. Edith M. Flanigen, recognizing her for being one of the eight recipients of the National Medal of Science and Technology, the nation’s highest honor in science. With a career spanning over 50 years and counting, Ms. Flanigen revolutionized the world of science for future generations. The Senator recalled that when Ms. Flanigen was born in 1929, women scientists, women innovators, or women who were creating new fields in science didn’t exist. With the inspiration of a nun, Ms. Flaniegn pursued a love and passion for science and technology.

June 10, 2015
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Press Release: Stewart-Cousins Honors a Trailblazing Chemist & White Plains Resident Edith Flanigen

One of Eight National Media of Science and Technology Recipients in 2014  

June 9, 2015
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An Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2015

Click the link below to view the Education Update from Senator Stewart-Cousins. This will open a PDF document in a new window. To download the PDF viewer, click here.

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Education Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2015.pdf

June 8, 2015
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Press Release: Time is Running out for Rent-Control Renewal: Legislators, Tenants & Activists Speak Out

Yonkers, NY - Senate Democratic Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and J. Gary Pretlow were joined by tenants and tenant advocates today in calling on Governor Cuomo and the Republican Senate to renew and strengthen rent regulations that are set to expire on June 15, 2015. With more than 25,000 rent stabilized units in Westchester, with 16,000 of those in Yonkers. That number has been reduced from almost 32,000 in 1997, elected leaders, tenants and tenant advocates gathered to press for stronger laws to protect tenants and prevent further loss of affordable housing. Strengthening and renewing tenant protections will help keep thousands of families in affordable homes in their own communities.

June 5, 2015
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Press Release: Stewart-Cousins Honors 13 Year Old Jake Gallin of New Rochelle, Named as One of America's Top Youth Volunteers

Albany, NY - With a Resolution in the State Senate, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, recognized 13 year old Jake Gallin of New Rochelle for being named as one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards* for his volunteer work on behalf of military families. Jake was nominated by Volunteer New York and selected by the Prudential Foundation as a National Honoree from a field of more than 33,000 youth volunteers from across the country. 

June 4, 2015
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Center for Women in Government and Civil Society New Leadership Luncheon

(Albany - June 1st) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed a roundtable of young women at the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society New Leadership Luncheon. The Senator, joined by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, discussed women involvement in government and politics. Currently, women make up less than 25% of the New York State legislative body. As the first African-American woman to lead a conference, and as one of the leading supporters of women involvement in government, the Senator enjoyed her time speaking the to future female leaders, that it was up to the younger generation to improve the statistics.

June 1, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Protecting Personal Information Of Travelers, Providing Grants For Blood Drives, and More!

Helping Military Spouses Continue Profession in NYS: States often differ in their specific licensing requirements and cause military spouses to face delays and the expense of re-licensure to continue practicing their professions after moving to a new state to accommodate their spouse’s service. Senate bill S.2947 allows New York State to modify licensing requirements and processes for these military spouses without impacting the standards of the state.

May 28, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Resolution Honoring Fire Chief Chris DePaoli For His Act of Bravery

(Albany - May 28th) “It’s not all of us who aspire to be heroes. It’s not all of us who devote as much time and attention to the little and big things in the communities we live in.” This quote by Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins concluded her address to the Senate chamber commending Irvington Fire Chief Chris DePaoli who has proven through his actions to be a great hero in his community. DePaoli, who is also a 30 year employee of the Irvington Parks Department, displayed a tremendous amount of courage when he spotted a man attacking a woman with a knife and did what he instinctively knew best as a first responder; he jumped out of his car, took his daughters baseball bat and stopped what would have been an otherwise fatal assault.

May 28, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizes Irvington Fire Chief Chris DePaoli with Senate Resolution for His Act of Bravery

Albany, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader,  recognized Irvington Fire Chief Chris DePaoli today in the State Senate with a Resolution, for his role in saving a woman’s life during a violent attack. On April 8, 2015, the Chief was driving with his two daughters, on their way to a softball game, when they passed the Irvington Train Station. At the stop sign, he spotted a man and a woman arguing, and saw the man was holding a knife. Without concern for his own safety, he jumped out of his truck and grabbed a baseball bat, running toward the couple. He was able to separate the two before police arrived to subdue the man and provide emergency assistance. The female victim had been stabbed in the chest and neck including the jugular vein.

May 28, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announce Affordable Housing Legislative Process

Renews & Strengthens Rent Control Legislation

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Conference Leader,  joined members of the Senate Democratic Conference to unveil an affordable housing package to better ensure fair housing practices throughout New York State.

May 28, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference To Unveil Major Housing Reform Initiatives

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of major housing reform legislation on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:45 AM.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Housing Committee Ranker, Senator Adriano Espaillat, Senator Liz Krueger, Senator Jose Serrano, Senator Daniel Squadron, and Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27 at 11:45 AM

WHERE: Senate Democratic Conference Room, Room 315, State Capitol, Albany

May 27, 2015
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Town of Greenburgh 71st Infantry Regiment Memorial Day Ceremony

(Greenburgh - May 25th) The Senator attended many commemorations this Memorial Day weekend including the ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery in the Town of Greenburgh sponsored by the 71st Infantry Regiment. Let us pause and remember our fallen heroes.

May 26, 2015
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This Memorial Day Weekend

"Memorial Day is an opportunity for all of us to pause and reflect on the loss of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in the Armed Forces. We honor them for their courage and commitment to protect us. We grieve with New York families who have lost a loved one in the military.

New York was the first state to recognize the holiday in 1873. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, a name taken from the act of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers. Its history dates back to 1865 and Charleston, South Carolina, where former black slaves dug up a mass grave of Union soldiers in a Confederate prison camp in order to give them a proper burial and to honor them for fighting so that they became freedmen.

May 25, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Awarding High School Diplomas To All Veterans, Protecting State Parks, and More!

Awarding High School Diplomas To All Veterans: Under current law, Operation Recognition permits issuance of high school diplomas to WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans only. Senate Bill S.3408 will expand eligibility to include all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Protecting State Parks: The legislation, Senate Bill S.956, was sponsored by Democratic Senator Jose Serrano and prohibits littering on our state’s park lands and creates stringent penalties for violators. A first offense would result in a fine not to exceed $750 and/or not more than 10 hours of community service at a State Park. Second or subsequent offenses would result in a fine not to exceed $1,400 and/or not more than 15 hours of community service at a State Park.

May 20, 2015
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