On the Senate Floor, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke to mourn the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The Senator praised Mandela's commitment to nothing less than the complete emancipation of his people, and reminded the chamber that he refused to exit prison for 27 years until this dream was realized. The Senator concluded her remarks by encouraging her colleagues to abide by the same courage and ideals of equality that Nelson Mandela cherished.
Senator Stewart-Cousins was honored with the "May Morgan Robinson Award" at the Black Democrats of Westchester Annual Holiday Reception on Sunday, January 12th, pictured here with Sandra Blackwell, another honoree, and David Ford, President of the Westchester Black Dems.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the members of the Democratic Conference twice this month in Albany. Mayor de Blasio discussed his legislative priorities and goals for the coming year. Leader Stewart-Cousins said she is looking forward to a good working relationship with Mayor de Blasio and the Democratic Conference.
Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the annual Three Kings Day Celebration hosted by El Centro Hispano at St. Bernards Church in White Plains. The Senator is pictured here with Isabel Villar, Judith Aucar, Patricia Lanza and volunteers.
Inside City Hall's Errol Louis had Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the state Senate's Democratic Conference Leader, offer her thoughts and suggestions for what Governor Andrew Cuomo should say in his upcoming State of the State Address.
Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today announced the introduction of legislation to hold the state’s Primary Election day for state and federal offices in June. This billwould save state and local governments $50 million by holding a single primary election andmoving Primary Election day from the month of September.
“This is a common sense and good government approach to save our local taxpayers at least $50million and will help increase voter turnout, giving more people a voice in the electoral process ,” Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.
Projects in the cities of Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle received a total of $3.9 million in grants and incentives from the Regional Economic Development Council awards on Monday, December 17th. Senator Stewart-Cousins co-represents the three cities.
Hundreds of children in Greenburgh attended the Hartsdale Rotary Club's breakfast with Santa Claus this year at the Anthony F. Veteran Park Multipurpose Room. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined in the festivities, and is pictured here with Greenburgh residents Zack Kaczmarek, Ron Tvert, Councilwoman Diana Juettner and Joan Stern.
On Friday, December 13th, the Lower Hudson Valley Council of School Superintendents hosted their annual legislative meeting to discuss education policy for the upcoming legislative year. As she does every year, Senator Stewart-Cousins participated in the meeting. Two of the main topics of concern shared by the Superintendents were the implementation of the Common Core Standards and the sharing of student data with third parties. Senator Stewart-Cousins explained that she supports a slower phase-in of the Common Core implementation, and also supports allowing parents to opt-out of having their student's data shared with third parties.
To celebrate International Human Rights Day, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the celebration of Yonkers Commission on Human Rights’ 50th Anniversary enacted on October 1, 1963 by the City of Yonkers. The breakfast event was held on Saturday, December 14th at the Riverview on Hastings-on-Hudson with a theme "Advancing Women's Equality" which explored the state of gender equality today and examine possible strategies and steps to promote and realize gender equity in the future. Also at the event, Judge Delores Braithwaite, pictured here with the Senator.
On Thursday, December 12th, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined her friends in labor at the annual AFL-CIO Holiday Party. The Senator is pictured here with Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi also attended the holiday party. The Senator is pictured below with Mr. Iannuzzi, Pat Puleo and Florence McCue.
Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized the Haitian Resource Center with a proclamation at their First Annual Gala on Friday, December 13th at the Thomas H. Slater Center in White Plains, NY. Just established in March this year, the mission of the Haitian Resource Center is to provide services to the growing and underserved Haitian population in Westchester County" including enrichment programs for children and referrals for immigration and citizenship services among others.
Nearly $716 million in grants, tax breaks and other incentives were awarded Wednesday as part of the state’s annual Regional Economic Development Council awards, with the Mid-Hudson region raking in about $59 million—the sixth-largest of 10 awards. Afterward, it was all smiles from state lawmakers, education officials and other council members, including Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers.
On Saturday, December 7th, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the African American Men of Westchester's Annual Domestic Violence workshop in White Plains. The Seminar brought about 75 young men from Westchester together to increase awareness about domestic violence, take part in confidence-building exercises and learn how to identify stereotypes of women and men. Senator Stewart-Cousins praised the participants for attending and encouraged them to act as ambassadors to their friends in order to help end the cycle of domestic violence.
“The Senate Democratic Conference has long called for common-sense reforms to the state’s tax code and the need to reduce the burden placed on New York’s families and businesses. I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to achieve these goals. My colleagues in Senate Democratic Conference have already been urging for many of the recommendations included in today’s commission report, including passage of a property tax circuit breaker and the immediate elimination of the 18-A energy surcharge. We will continue our efforts to ensure New York is a state where families and businesses thrive.”