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Jane Aoyama-Martin

Jane Aoyama-Martin is the Executive Director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC) at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. Founded in 1991, PWJC is dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and elder abuse. To do so, it provides training, community education and outreach, and free civil legal services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. 

May 13, 2015
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A Newsletter Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins - April/May 2015

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A Newsletter Update from Andrea Stewart-Cousins - April/May 2015

May 13, 2015
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Happy Mother's Day!

"Happy Mother's Day to the most precious women in all our lives. Whether you are a biological mother or provide that nurturing role in a child's life, we appreciate you for the wisdom you impart, the challenges you endure and the unconditional love you bring. Thank you for the positive and lifelong impact you have on the lives of your children, family and community."

May 10, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Selects Jane Aoyama-Martin, Executive Director of the Pace Women's Justice Center, as Senate Women of Distinction 2015 Nominee

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic L​​eader Andrea Stewart-Cousins selected Jane Aoyama-Martin, the Executive Director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center, as her nominee for the Women of Distinction Award in 2015. The recognition is given to outstanding women living and working in New York State, whose contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond. The award, sponsored by the New York State Senate, was bestowed during a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday.

May 6, 2015
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NARAL Lobby Day

(Albany - May 5th) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed an impassioned crowd at the NARAL Lobby Day in Albany. In her speech, the Leader mentioned the fact that the Senate has been going to sleep when it relates to legislation regarding women, women’s rights and women’s reproductive rights. She stressed how imperative it is for members of the legislature to be bipartisan about these issues to protect women across New York State. She closed by urging the crowd to go back to their districts after the lobby day is over, and energize the base of support to foster a more progressive state.

May 5, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Honoring Seymour Scharf at NYSOFA Senior Citizen Day

(Albany - May 5th) Every May, as part of National Older Americans Month, the New York State Office of the Aging celebrates older New Yorkers at a Senior Citizens' Day event in Albany. Senator Stewart-Cousins caught up with 95 year old Seymour Scharf of Hartsdale -- a constituent and an active volunteer, fundraiser and supporter of programs in Greenburgh -- who is being honored along with others from all over the state at this special event.

May 5, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

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

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: TODAY, May 5, 2015, at 11:06 AM.

May 5, 2015
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Family Planning Advocates Day of Action

(Albany - May 4th) "You think you are lobbying for bills, and you are, but it’s bigger than that," said Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at the Family Planning Advocates (FPA) rally Monday morning. As a long-time proponent of women's reproductive health rights, the Leader came out to support the efforts of FPA and its members who continue to fight to protect and expand access to a full range of reproductive health services. "You are lobbying a legislature that refuses to allow women self-determination, refuses to allow women equality, refuses to allow women to say, I know what I need.

May 5, 2015
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Minority & Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) Expo

The EXPO, sponsored by Empire State Development’s Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development and local State partners, will provide MWBEs with opportunities to meet with procurement officers and receive basic government procurement training. The events will also feature workshops and panel discussions about New York State MWBE certification and business development resources. It will include the New York State MWBE BOOT CAMP, which highlights resources available to MWBEs in their region such as the Small Business Development Center, Procurement & Technical Assistance Centers and the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program.

August 6, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Martin Luther King, Jr.Memorial Re-dedication Ceremony

(Albany - April 29th) An unveiling of a new glass sculpture titled “Seeds of Enlightenment” took place on Wednesday morning at the Empire State Plaza as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr.Memorial Re-dedication Ceremony. The original sculpture designed by artist Eric Hilton was dedicated in 2000 but badly damaged in July 2014. Corning Inc. and The Corning Museum of Glass decided to replace the memorial sculpture with a new one that bears the same title as the original. The Senator took part in the unveiling and said in a press release about the event, “I’m honored to join the Office of General Services, Corning Inc., and The Corning Museum of Glass for the re-dedication of this beautiful memorial honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 30, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Couins Speaking To Yonkers Middle School Students

(April 30th - Yonkers) As the school year neared its end, in preparation for graduation and the next phase of their lives, 7th and 8th graders of Yonkers Middle School intently listened to Senator Stewat-Cousins as she spoke about the importance of education, being a good student and citizen in general, and how the students can seemlessly transition to high school and beyond.

April 30, 2015
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National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.60th Annual Founders Day

(New Rochelle - April 25th) The Senator was honored to speak to the New Rochelle Club of The National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women's Club at their 60th Annual Founders Day & 44th Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to the honorees: Reverend Deacon Hyacinth E. Lee, Detective Tanya Williams, Dr Romelle Maloney and Detective Terrance Fudge.

The Mission of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. is to promote and protect the interests of African- American business and professional women; to serve as advisors for young people seeking to enter business and the professions; to improve the quality of life in our local and global communities, and to foster good fellowship.

April 29, 2015
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Senate Democratic Conference Calls For Passage Of Critical Ethics Reform To Close The “LLC Loophole” Press Conference

(Albany - April 27th) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Daniel Squadron, sponsor of the bill, held a news conference to push for legislation to tighten campaign finance regulations and close the LLC donation gap. Representatives from organizations such as the Brennan Center and Citizens Action, Citizen Union, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, and NYPIRG also support the bill. Senator Stewart-Cousins said almost every day new allegations of abuse and corruption are leveled at state government.

April 29, 2015
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Tarrytown YMCA's Healthy Kids Day

(Tarrytown - April 25th) The Tarrytown YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day as part of YMCA's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children during the summer months. The annual event features fun activities for the whole family, informational booths about fitness and healthy living, as well as live music by local kids bands. A member of one of the bands, Second Son (pictured above with the Senator), met the Senator a few years back when he was just starting to learn how to play the trumpet. He was playing in public for donation, and the Senator witnessed kids poking fun of the amateur way he sounded, so she approached him, put $5 in a hat, and encouraged him to keep playing.

April 28, 2015
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March of Dimes Walk For Babies 75th Year Celebration

(White Plains - April 26th) Stepping off at the March of Dimes Walk for Babies in White Plains, Senator Stewart-Cousins and her grandson Kyle joined hundreds of others including White Plains Mayor Tom Roach for the annual event. The March of Dimes is celebrating 75 years of research, breakthroughs and vaccines. Still, nearly half a billion babies are born too soon each year. The event raises money for the organization's efforts to prevent premature births.

April 27, 2015
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Yonkers Arbor Day Celebration

(Yonkers - April 24th) The students from Museum School 25 in Yonkers helped celebrate Arbor Day with the Senator, Mayor Michael Spano and City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino at Trevor Park. Did you know that Yonkers is a "Tree City USA" because it meets standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters? Happy Arbor Day!

April 27, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Calls For Passage Of Critical Ethics Reform To Close The “LLC Loophole”

Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron will Today Force a Committee Vote to Close the LLC Loophole and Reform How Campaigns are Funded

 Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today called on the Senate Republicans in the Elections Committee to pass legislation that will close the LLC loophole and help clean up Albany. Due to Republican refusal to even consider this critical legislation, Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron filed a motion for committee consideration to simply have this ethics reform initiative discussed by the Senate Elections Committee. Today’s vote on the legislation in the Senate Elections Committee follows decisions in recent weeks by Republicans in both the State Legislature and the Board of Elections to keep the loophole open.

April 27, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Stimulating Energy Conservation, Expanding Green Geothermal Energy Use, The CARE Act

Stimulating Energy Conservation: Energy Star appliances are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide significant energy conservation as compared to other models in their product categories. Many energy providers and agencies already offer discounts or rebates on services for purchasing or using Energy Star equipment to encourage consumers and businesses to reduce their energy usage and carbon footprints. Senate Bill S1804 exempts Energy Star appliances from state sales and compensating use taxes and offer local governments the option to offer additional exemptions. By making upgrades more affordable it would encourage replacement of less efficient models with Energy Star certified products.

April 27, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Renews Push To Close The LLC Loophole

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce a renewed effort to close the LLC Loophole.

April 27, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on New Teacher Evaluation System

“Rushing to implement a new teacher evaluation system would be misguided. We’ve been down this road before and we’ve seen where faulty and fast implementation of poorly conceived education changes leads. Demonizing teachers, over-testing students and rushing major reforms will not improve our education system, it will only cause more problems. Delaying the implementation of this new teacher evaluation system is the minimum step that should be taken.”

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April 23, 2015
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