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State Legislators Honor New Rochelle High School Championship Teams

On Tuesday March 12, the New Rochelle State delegation honored the national champion cheerleading team and the state champion football team from New Rochelle High School for their accomplishments in the 2012 seasons. Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator George Latimer, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Assemblyman Steve Otis hosted the student athletes in Albany and sponsored resolutions in their respective houses proclaiming the day in the students’ honor.

March 12, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with Actor Norm Lewis

Leader Stewart-Cousins with actor Norm Lewis ("Scandal") on Saturday, March 9th at the Jack & Jill of America-Westchester Chapter anual event in New Rochelle, NY.

March 9, 2013
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Democratic Conference Continues Push For Minimum Wage Increase

In a press event at the Capital last week, the Senate Democratic Conference announced their unanimous support for raising the New York State minimum wage and indexing future increases to the rate of inflation. Led by Senator Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference called for immediate action and noted that such legislation would likely pass since their 27 votes combined with the votes of multiple other Senators who have expressed support in the media, represent a majority.

March 4, 2013
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In Journal News Editorial Board Interview, Senator Calls for Action On Reproductive Health Act "Sooner Rather Than Later"

In an extensive interview with the Journal News Editorial Board, Senator Stewart-Cousins discussed the importance of passing the provisions of the Reproductive Health Act in New York State this year. Tracey Brooks, the President and CEO of Family Planning Advocates, also took part in the hour-long interview.

March 4, 2013
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Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade Celebrates Irish Heritage

Senator Stewart-Cousins marched in the 58th Annual Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 3rd. This year’s Grand Marshal was Yonkers native William Harrington.

March 4, 2013
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As Keynote Speaker, Senator Leads Lively Discussion at Scarsdale Forum

Mandate relief, hydrofracking, education funding and campaign finance reform were all hot topics at Senator Stewart-Cousins’ recent wide- ranging discussion with the Scarsdale Forum at their February meeting at the Scarsdale Library. This was the Senator’s first appearance as Guest Speaker at the Scarsdale Forum, although she had attended many meetings in prior months.

March 4, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Submits Comments to Moreland Commission on Con Edison’s Response to Sandy

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins submitted comments to Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response. Her comments cited the company’s lack of communication with its customers, elected officials and internally between employees and the need for Con Ed to rethink its priorities with regard to vulnerable populations (such as senior citizens and the disabled), residents of Westchester and it’s smaller villages and towns.

February 11, 2013
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Business Council of Westchester Hosts Reception in Honor of Leader

New York State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was honored by the Business Council of Westchester at a special reception in January. Senator Stewart-Cousins was recognized for her elevation as leader of the Democratic Conference in the New York State Senate.

February 8, 2013
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Passing Common Sense Gun Control Legislation

Leader Stewart-Cousins joined Governor Cuomo as he signed some of the toughest gun control legislation in the nation. The NY SAFE Act was built around common sense, progressive ideas which have been pushed by Senate Democrats for years. The bill passed the Senate 43-18 and the Democratic Conference’s 26 votes were critical to the bill’s successful passage.

Among many other provisions, the NY SAFE Act expands the ban on assault weapons, creates stronger regulations on ammunition, provides for universal background checks for gun purchases, requires gun owners to recertify their permit every five years and makes sure guns are safely stored. It is a common sense approach which will keep our communities safer.

January 16, 2013
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins' First Floor Speech as Leader - January 9, 2013

On the first day of the 2013 Session, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate. Leader Stewart-Cousins is the first woman to lead a legislative conference in New York State history.

January 11, 2013
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Statement on Tragedy in Newtown, CT

"I cannot imagine the overwhelming grief that families, staff and the community of Sandy Hook Elementary School are enduring as a result of this horrific tragedy. As our nation prayerfully pauses to grieve, we ask how and why an unspeakable tragedy of this magnitude occurred. While we seek the answers, we must resolve in the memory of these latest victims, to do what's necessary to stem gun violence including, as needed, the passage of tough, common sense gun laws."

December 14, 2012
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Edgemont Mandate Relief Committee Lobbies Senator on Behalf of School District

Senator Stewart-Cousins met with members of the Edgemont Mandate Relief Advocacy Committee at the Seely Place Elementary School in Edgemont. The group handed the Senator approximately 400 letters -- all signed by residents of Edgemont -- which called for the passage of four specific mandate relief proposals that will save school districts and taxpayers money. The recently-created grassroots committee formed to advocate on behalf of the Edgemont School District for relief from unfunded state mandates. In addition to lobbying State elected officials, the EMRAC also submitted their proposals to the Mandate Relief Council. At the meeting, Senator Stewart-Cousins reiterated her commitment to passing meaningful mandate relief for school districts and local governments and promised to work with the committee on these issues moving forward.

December 14, 2012
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NY Youth Works Helping New Rochelle Youth Train for Construction Jobs

Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to a group of New York Youth Works trainees in New Rochelle on their last day of training at the Bracey Houses on Main Street. The men, aged 16-24, were completing a work readiness training program specifically designed to help them break into the construction industry. The training was funded by the New York Youth Works program – a state initiative created by Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to help disadvantaged youth find jobs - and organized by New Rochelle City Councilman Jared Rice and the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority. In her comments, Senator Stewart-Cousins praised the group for taking the initiative to enroll in the training program and for taking a positive step toward their future. She asked all of the trainees if they see a future for themselves in the construction industry, and they all said yes.

December 14, 2012
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Federal Grant Will Help NY Rebuild After Sandy and Provide Jobs to Unemployed

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that New York has received $27.7 million from the federal government to put 5,000 unemployed New Yorkers to work cleaning up communities impacted by the storm. The funding came from a National Emergency Grant and will be administered by the New York State Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL will work with local communities to identify potential workers for this program.

December 14, 2012
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Turkish Cultural Center Honors Senator with Friendship Award

Senator Stewart-Cousins was honored to receive the Turkish Cultural Center’s Friendship Award at their Fifth Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony this past November. The Senator received the award for her “continued dedication, open communication, and close ties to the Turkish community.” The Peace Island Institute was a co-sponsor of the event. Senator Stewart-Cousins also presented a proclamation to the Turkish Cultural Center of Westchester honoring their positive contributions and recognizing their success at fostering greater cross-cultural understanding and learning in Westchester.

December 14, 2012
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Recovering and Rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy

The recovery and rebuilding effort after Sandy continues, and there are many other resources available through the federal and state governments that can help homeowners, business owners and local governments rebuild better. Since the storm hit, Senator Stewart-Cousins has been working hard to make sure her constituents have everything they need to make a full and speedy recovery.

December 14, 2012
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Distributing Thanksgiving Meals to Needy Families in Yonkers

The Governor's office and the office of State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins distributed more than one hundred free Thanksgiving meals to needy families in Yonkers on Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2012
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Funding Workforce Training for Women in Growing Industries

A new program, funded by New York State, will give unemployed or underemployed women from Westchester a chance to find a job in the green energy industry. At a press conference, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer presented a $40,000 check to the Yonkers YWCA to fund a free Solar Workforce Training Program in partnership with Rockland Community College. The grant came from the New York State Department of Labor and was allocated to the Yonkers YWCA as part of the 2011 Regional Economic Development Council awards.

November 8, 2012
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