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Leader Stewart-Cousins Presenting Certificate of Merit Award to Selected Kahlil Gibran School Students

Leader Stewart-Cousins presented the Certificate of Merit Award to a selected group of students at the Kahlil Gibran School in Yonkers, NY for their job well done this school semester.

May 20, 2013
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Dr. Elliott S. Palais

Dr. Elliott S. Palais, a resident of Yonkers, NY, has maintained a special connection with veterans throughout his many years of community service with numerous organizations - including as Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Yonkers City Post 1666; as Past Jr. Vice commander of the Westchester County VFW; and as Past Chairman and former Chairman, Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans Organizations. 

Currently the TRiO (Title IV) Director at Fordham University and past Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dr. Palais’ personal and professional accomplishments speak for themselves. He has played active leadership roles with the Council for Opportunity in Education, the Association on Higher Education and Disability and the American Counseling Association. 

May 20, 2013
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Dominick DeGorge of Dobbs Ferry Turns 99!

Leader Stewart-Cousins sings "Happy Birthday" to Dominick DeGorge on his 99th Birthday at the Dobbs Ferry Annual Senior Citizen Week.

May 20, 2013
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Isabel E. Villar

Isabel E. Villar, a native of Cuba, immigrated to the United States with her family in 1966. She enrolled in White Plains High School and was immediately sensitized to the problems presented by the language barrier and the cultural differences experienced by newcomers to this country. Upon graduation from high school she was awarded a scholarship to Manhattanville College, where she received a B.A. in Political Science/Latin America Studies. She became a bilingual middle school teacher and then obtained her first master’s degree through a New York University program in Spain. 

May 13, 2013
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UFT Annual Spring Education Conference 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins participated in a discussion panel at United Federation of Teacher's Annual Spring Education Conference on Saturday, May 11th in Midtown Manhattan.  Also in attendance were City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, current City Comptroller John Liu, former City Councilman Sal Albanese, and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion who spoke about their education policies at the event, and special guest Henry Winkler.

May 11, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with Henry Winkler at UFT Annual Spring Education Conference 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins with Henry Winkler participated at the United Federation of Teachers Annual Spring Education Conference on Saturday, May 11th in Midtown Manhattan.

May 10, 2013
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Kawasaki Celebrates 25 Years in Yonkers

Twenty-five years ago, Kawasaki built its first passenger rail car in downtown Yonkers, and has since supplied trains to various transit systems in surrounding cities including New York City, New Jersey and Boston. Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins commemorated this milestone and said at the 25th Anniversary Celebration, “I’m pleased to congratulate Kawasaki Rail Car on their 25th Anniversary in the City of Yonkers. This is a significant accomplishment which underscores what Kawasaki means to our City. Lead by CEO Hiroji Iwasaki, the company has created and sustained hundreds of jobs, boosted economic activity in the downtown and developed leading innovations that have changed the industry.

May 9, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Women’s Equality Agenda

“The Governor’s Women’s Equality Agenda has been discussed and debated the entire session. Any distraction from passing this is unfortunate. The women of New York deserve a vote on the Governor’s full 10 point plan.”

Click here to view the official press release.

May 9, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with UFT President Michael Mulgrew and YFT President Pat Puleo at TSTT Recognition Breakfast

Leader Stewart-Cousins with UFT President Michael Mulgrew and YFT President Pat Puleo at Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers 18th Annual Recognition Breakfast on Friday, May 3rd at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in West Harrison, NY.

May 9, 2013
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TSTT Recognizes Leader Stewart-Cousins with Legacy Award at 18th Annual Recognition Breakfast

Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was honored at the Today's Student, Tomorrow's Teachers (TSTT) 18th Annual Recognition Breakfast with the Legacy Award for her commendable work in public service. A former teacher and true champion for quality education, Leader Stewart-Cousins has been a long-time supporter of the TSTT program which "recruits and mentors economically-challenged high school students interested in pursuing a career in teaching". This award was presented by TSTT's Executive Director Dr. Bettye H. Perkins and Yonkers Public School Superintendent Bernard P. Pierorazio at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel on Friday, May 3rd.

May 9, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Selects Isabel Villar of White Plains as 2013 Woman of Distinction

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) selected Isabel Villar of White Plains as the 2013 Woman of Distinction from the 35th State Senate District. Ms. Villar is the Co- Founder and Executive Director of El Centro Hispano. She traveled to Albany today to accept the award at an official ceremony in the Legislative Office Building.

May 8, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with Rabbi Marcus Burstein at the Reform Jewish Voice Annual Advocacy Day

Leader Stewart-Cousins spoke about Campaign Finance Reform and Women's Equality Agenda at the Reform Jewish Voice of NYS Advocacy Day which took place at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. Pictured with her is Rabbi Marcus Burstein of Westchester Reform Temple.

May 6, 2013
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LWV of the Rivertowns - Meet Your Elected Officials Event, April 28th (Source: River Journal Online)

Source: River Journal Online

Get involved in our democratic process and stay involved! This was the main theme of two speakers at the Rivertown League's recent event, "Meet your Elected Officials", graciously hosted by Monica Getz at her Tarrytown home this past Sunday, April 28.

May 6, 2013
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Abortion Debate Continues on Albany (Source: YNN)

Source: YNN

But Senate Democratic Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins believes an abortion rights bill can pass and will gain Republican support, pointing out that the state's original abortion law did receive GOP backing. Stewart-Cousins said, “When we passed the bill that allowed for abortion in 1970, we had Republican votes. I believe we will have Republican votes.”

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May 6, 2013
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Stewart-Cousins: Abortion Bill a Routine ‘Matter of Updating Our Laws’ (Source: LoHud.com)

Source: LoHud.com

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said on an Albany public radio show Thursday that she “can’t imagine” there won’t be bipartisan support for a bill to strengthen New York’s abortion laws, which she views as a simple “updating” of state statutes to reflect federal standards.

Stewart-Cousins, who is the first woman to lead a legislative conference in Albany, has sponsored the Reproductive Health Act in recent years, a bill that supporters argue codifies in state law the 1973 landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. Conservatives and the Catholic church staunchly oppose the bill, arguing it will increase access in a state that already leads the nation in abortions.

May 3, 2013
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Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester "A Gala To Remember"

The Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester hosted their annual fundraiser "A Gala To Remember: Continuing the Growth: on Thursday, May 2nd at Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, NY, honoring distinguished Board member Karen Spar Kasner for her role "in revitalizing the agency", and presenting the Community Service Award to Assemblymember Amy Paulin.   

May 1, 2013
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JCC of Mid-Westchester "A Gala to Remember: Continuing the Growth"

The Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester hosted their annual fundraiser "A Gala To Remember: Continuing the Growth" on Thursday, May 2nd at Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, NY, honoring distinguished Board member Karen Spar Kasner for her role "in revitalizing the agency", and presenting the Community Service Award to Assemblymember Amy Paulin.  Leader Stewart-Cousins attended the event to congratulate the honorees in person.

May 1, 2013
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May is Asthma Awareness Month

May is Asthma Awareness Month, a month-long period dedicated to help people with asthma take control of this chronic but treatable disease.

Asthma affects over 1.1 million people in New York, causing an average of 301 deaths per year and 41,797 hospitalizations.  It is the leading cause of missed school days for children and workplace absences for adults.  However, asthma is a treatable form of cardio pulmonary disease (COPD) and can be controlled with a variety of common medications. 

April 30, 2013
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Empire State Pride Agenda Annual Equality & Justice Day Lunch

Leader Stewart-Cousins at the Empire State Pride Agenda Annual Equality & Justice Day Lunch in Albany where she discussed advancing LGBT issues with ESPA members, staff and special guests.

April 30, 2013
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City of White Plains Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, April 28th at Turnure Park in White Plains, NY to celebrate a festival of Japanese culture and tradition. The cherry tree and its blossoms, known as sakura, is a symbol of life, death and rebirth in Japanese culture, which "represents the end of the winter season and the beginning of new life in spring as well as the ephemeral nature of all life". This special event was hosted by Mayor Thomas M. Roach, the White Plains Recreation & Parks Department and the Japan Education Center.

April 29, 2013
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