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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Room 804 LOB

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April 21, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Yonkers Insider: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Works To Cut Government Waste and Inefficiency

(35th District, NYS) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as a member of the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, continues to work with her colleagues to examine spending practices in State agencies. Established in March, the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency was formed to uncover inefficient government spending and develop productive solutions to put taxpayer dollars to better use.

April 13, 2010
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Westchester Herald: Senate Unveils Budget Reform Legislation

Albany, NY -- State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF –35th District) last week announced that the Senate has put forth comprehensive budget reforms that will end short term wasteful spending and ensure the enactment of a fiscally responsible budget. The legislative package provides for longterm financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State financed programs and services…

April 13, 2010
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Mt Vernon Inquirer: SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: SENATE UNVEILS BUDGET REFORM LEGISLATION

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that the Senate has put forth comprehensive budget reforms that will end short term wasteful spending and ensure the enactment of a fiscally responsible budget. The legislative package provides for long-term financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State financed programs and services…

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Mt Vernon Inquirer: (April 8, 2010)

April 13, 2010
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WVOX: On The Level With Hezi Aris

Senator Stewart-Cousins “On the Level” with Hezi Aris on WVOX-1460 AM

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WVOX- (March 2, 2010)

April 13, 2010
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Yonkers Rising: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Congratulates Students From YMCA Youth & Government Group

Last week, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins presented certificates of achievement to participants of the YMCA Youth and Government Group at a reception held at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry. Last year, Stewart-Cousins secured funding through a legislative grant to create the Youth and Government Group, comprised of students from Pleasantville High School and the Yonkers YMCA.

April 13, 2010
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WIVB: Senate dems committed to saving parks

On Monday, the Majority Conference unanimously voted for a budget resolution which restored all $11.5 million of the Governor’s budget cuts to parks operations. If enacted, the cut would have resulted in the closure of 57 State Parks and reduced operations at an additional 22 State Parks.

April 13, 2010
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Three Westchester libraries receive more than $160,000 for renovations

Three Westchester county libraries were awarded grants totaling more than $160,000 for various upgrades and construction projects.

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced last week that three libraries within her 35th Senate District have been awarded funding for renovations…

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LoHud - (Mar 23, 2010)

April 13, 2010
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Empire State News: Senator says progress being made with 9/11 related worker claims

NEW YORK - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), the Senate sponsor of “Jimmy Nolan’s Law”, which allowed 9/11 workers a one year extension to file injury claims, announced today that she was encouraged that New York City is finally taking steps to resolve the claims of thousands of workers who have sustained long term health problems as a result of their work at the World Trade Center site.

April 13, 2010
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WAMC: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on “Capitol Connection” with Alan Chartock

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democrat of the 35th District. They discuss reforming the legislature, the scandals plaguing Governor Paterson, and how officials can pass an acceptable budget.

WAMC - (March 13, 2010)

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April 13, 2010
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River Journal: Albany Comes To Sleepy Hollow Bearing Gifts

In a lesson straight out of Sesame Street, New York State rewarded Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, and Briarcliff Manor for playing well together and sharing. On Wednesday morning, January 27th, in the Sleepy Hollow Village Hall, Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assemblywoman Sandra Galef joined Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray, Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell, Briarcliff Manor Mayor Bill Vescio and others to announce Local Government Efficiency (LGE) and Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants that the Department of State has awarded to the region.

April 13, 2010
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HV Press: Westchester County Affordable Housing Grants

Governor David A. Paterson and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced the awarding of funds for critical affordable housing initiatives in Westchester County, including those for senior citizens and disabled New Yorkers. These projects include the construction of a new 49-unit affordable housing complex for senior citizens in the City of Yonkers, as well as grants to two community groups to help improve the quality of existing housing…

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HV Press – (July 5th, 2009)

April 13, 2010
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New York Times: Senate Passes Bill to Ease Government Consolidation

The Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would make it easier to cut or consolidate layers of local government in New York, a measure that supporters hailed as a significant step toward relieving tax burdens across the state.

The bill, drafted by the New York State attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, simplifies what is now a byzantine set of laws specifying how voters or government officials can choose to dissolve or merge towns, villages and the hundreds of special districts that provide water, sewage treatment and other services throughout the state…

April 13, 2010
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Education Rally at Gorton High School

On April 6th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaks at Gorton High School during an education rally to discuss local school funding.

April 9, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Room 804 LOB

April 14, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins comments on budget reform- 4/7/10

NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins comments on the introduction of budget reform legislation by the Senate Majority. - 4/7/10b

April 8, 2010
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Senate Unveils Budget Reform Legislation

Package of Bills will Ensure Fiscal Responsibility

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that the Senate has put forth comprehensive budget reforms that will end short term wasteful spending and ensure the enactment of a fiscally responsible budget. The legislative package provides for long-term financial planning, the enactment of stricter accounting principles, and mandates stringent standards of accountability for State financed programs and services.

April 8, 2010
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Phelps' Special Care Nursery Visit

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins visits Phelps' Special Care Nursery

Phelps' Special Care Nursery offers medical care to newborns that require hospitalization, including infants that are born up to 34 weeks premature.

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins recently secured a $100,000 grant to upgrade and renovate the newborn nursery.

April 7, 2010
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Yonkers Insider: Statement by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009

Yonkers Insider (March 1, 2010)

“Today the State of New York moves towards becoming a more transparent and open government. Public authorities such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which have long operated with limited oversight and public scrutiny, will be more transparent and accountable to the taxpayers due to the implementation of the Public Authorities and Reform Act of 2009…”

April 6, 2010
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Westchester Herald: Senator Stewart-Cousins Informs Grandparent Caregivers About Financial Assistance Program

Westchester Herald (March 15, 2010)

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, in partnership with the Kinship Caregiver Program, is working to inform residents about financial assistance available to grandparents and other relatives raising children. The individuals currently enrolled in the program receive an average of $400 per month to care for a child and $150 for any additional children. However, due to limited awareness about this program, it is estimated that only 10% of New Yorkers who qualify for assistance apply to the program…

April 6, 2010
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