Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her colleagues in the Democratic Conference today called for action to enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and require a comprehensive health impact study. The moratorium will provide experts more time to assess concerns about the potential impacts hydrofracking will have on New York’s environment and economy.
Albany, NY - The State Assembly proposed legislation Tuesday that would allow undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for higher education, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans signaled that the legislation does not have a bright future.
Under the state-level DREAM Act, immigrants who are not citizens would have access to the state Tuition Assistance Program and other aid. The bill would also create a private scholarship fund for immigrants. The Democratic-led Assembly was set to pass the bill late Tuesday.
Albany, NY - Dr. Elliott Palais of Yonkers was inducted into the New York State Senate Hall of Fame today at a ceremony in Albany. Dr. Palais was nominated by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. He is a veteran of the United State Army and served during the Korean War. He is currently the Secretary for the Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans Organizations.
The New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame is an annual award bestowed upon one veteran from each Senator’s district. The award recognizes outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.
“I congratulate the Assembly for passing the comprehensive New York State Dream Act. It is now time for the Senate to follow their lead and pass this bill immediately.
“New York’s immigrant population has always been critical to our social, economic, and cultural fabric. Students of good character who, through no fault of their own have resided here for years, deserve an opportunity to achieve and contribute to the American dream. To cut their educational opportunities off deprives us all.”
“As community leaders, legislators and civil rights advocates gather and prepare to stand together and march against hate, I wish to express my outrage at the brutal murder of Mark Carson. No one should feel threatened or live in fear because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. The Senate Democratic Conference will continue to advance progressive legislation to ensure all New Yorkers are provided equal protection and dignity under the law.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.