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Wage Theft Prevention Act Signed Into Law

Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced Wage Theft Prevention Act (S8380), legislation she co-sponsored in the Senate, has been signed into law by Governor David A. Paterson. This new law will effectively expand workplace rights of employees by requiring employers not only to provide employees with necessary wage information, but put in place sanctions for employers who fail to properly pay their workers full earned wages and overtime.

December 14, 2010
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Westchester Korean American Association’s Annual Dinner

On Saturday, December 11th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF) delivered remarks during the Westchester Korean American Association’s Annual Dinner, held in honor of the Korean War Veterans.

(Photo by Hoon Lee)

December 13, 2010
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Keynote Address at Greyston Workforce Development Graduation Ceremony

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins delivered the keynote address at the Greyston Foundation’s Workforce Development Program (WD 2.0) Graduation ceremony, held in the Yonkers Public Library Riverfront Branch. Immediately preceding the ceremony, employers from throughout Westchester County met with graduates to assess employment possibilities.

December 6, 2010
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Lt. Col. Joseph T. Nader

Joseph T. Nader,  retired Lt. Col and retired Lt. YPD, also a Yonkers native, served in North Africa and Italy during WWII and at Ft. Gordon during the Korean War. As an US Army reservist, he attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. Joe was appointed to the Yonkers Police Dept. in 1946 and was Chairman of the Police and Fire Retirees for 8 years. He was also Past Commander of Post 1666 VFW and Chairman of the Central Committee of War Veterans. Joe was instrumental in establishing Montrose Veterans Nursing Home, Veterans Service Agency in Yonkers and the Gold Star Mother’s Monument in Larkin Plaza. He was a recipient of Westchester County Veteran of the Year  and NY Veterans Hall of Fame.

November 30, 2010
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WORLD AIDS DAY: LEARN ABOUT HIV/AIDS AND GET TESTED

On Decemeber 1st , countries across the globe will celebrate World AIDS Day, honoring those who have fallen to HIV/AIDS, and in doing so use the day to increase awareness of the rising infection rates and what can be done to stop this trend. In recognition of World AIDS Day, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is urging people to increase their own awareness of HIV/AIDS and also get themselves tested.

November 23, 2010
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS’ CHILDREN’S HEALTH BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

(Albany, NY) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District - D/WF) announced that the Child Health Plus and School Meals Enrollment Coordination Act (S4057B) has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson. This legislation, introduced by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will assist the approximately 220,000 children in New York State who are currently uninsured, but are eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plus.  Since the majority of children who are not participating in Child Health Plus are attending school and qualify for the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Program, this law coordinates the sharing of information to better serve our State's children.  

October 17, 2010
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CHILDREN’S HEALTH BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

(Albany, NY) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District - D/WF) announced that the Child Health Plus and School Meals Enrollment Coordination Act (S4057B) has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson. This legislation, introduced by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will assist the approximately 220,000 children in New York State who are currently uninsured, but are eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plus. Since the majority of children who are not participating in Child Health Plus are attending school and qualify for the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Program, this law coordinates the sharing of information to better serve our State's children.

October 13, 2010
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LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE INACTIVE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that she has introduced legislation (S8165A) to eliminate 118 public authorities and agencies that are no longer active. The 118 authorities, located across New York State, include defunct industrial development agencies, community development agencies, urban renewal agencies and various other public authorities.

“This legislation reduces the size of government, eliminating more than 15% of the public authorities in the State of New York. This is an important step in curbing excessive spending and hiring practices of public authorities and agencies. They operate as autonomous organizations without accountability, and create a huge financial burden on taxpayers,” said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF).

September 27, 2010
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Labor Day Celebrations

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a celebration recognizing the social and economic achievements of American workers. Labor Day is a annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well being of our Country and our State. Now that Labor Day has passed, I would like to share with you some of the recent achievements that have been made to both expand and protect our workforce.

September 8, 2010
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IDA Accountability & Oversight Legislation Signed Into Law

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF) introduced and passed legislation (S7876) which was signed into law last week to enable the Yonkers City Council to appoint one member to the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (YIDA). Most cities across the State of New York require a specific number of members of Industrial Development Agency boards to be appointed by the governing boards of their municipalities.

September 8, 2010
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Your Vote Counts! Learn More About New Voting Machines in New York State

This fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is working to inform New Yorkers about this transition and opportunities to try out the voting machines before election day. 

August 31, 2010
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Patch: Save Our Trees: Locals Speak Out Against Clearcutting

Amy Kupfberg, a Hartsdale resident, stood before about forty concerned citizens and a hearing officer for New York's Public Service Commission Tuesday and said: "My mantra used to be 'I love shoes.' But now everything I do is about saving trees."

Residents from around Westchester converged in the Greenburgh Public Library to take the state Public Service Commission to task regarding its current regulations for the clearing of trees near power transmission lines…

"The PSC must use the hammer at its disposal to regulate the utility company's actions," State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. "Lawmakers will be able to forgo legislation and fines if you would just regulate."

August 30, 2010
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News 12: State grant gives Elmsford business hiring power

San Mar Laboratories currently employs about 200 people at its Elmsford facility, but a state grant is going to let the company expand and hire more workers…

That is why San Mar Laboratories turned to the state for help. State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) helped the company reach out to the Empire State Development Corporation and secure a $750,000 grant…

News 12 - (August 25, 2010)

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August 30, 2010
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Yonkers Insider: Senate Bill Guaranteeing Protections for Tenants of Foreclosed Buildings Signed into Law

Prior Law Allowed Tenants to be Forced from Homes without Notice

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF) announced that a new law guaranteeing greater protections (S7139) for tenants of buildings in foreclosure has been signed into law. Under the new law, rent-regulated tenants are now required to receive a notice of their housing rights, along with a notice of the building owner’s foreclosure. The bill takes effect 30 days from the date of signing.

A review of the state’s prior notification requirement for renters revealed that existing law failed to effectively communicate to rent-controlled and rent-stabilized tenants that their housing rights are unaffected by a foreclosure proceeding.

August 30, 2010
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Westchester News Online: New Bicycle Safety Law Named After Greenburgh Cyclist Signed Into Law

A bicycle safety law sponsored by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins(D-Yonkers) has been signed by Governor David Paterson.

The bill, which was dubbed "Merrill's Law" was so named after 66 year old Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist, who was struck and fatally crushed by a BeeLine Bus in November 2009 as he was riding on Route 119 near Aqueduct Road in Greenburgh.

Westchester News Online - (August 16,2010)

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August 30, 2010
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS ASSISTS SAN-MAR LABORATORIES IN SECURING $750,000 FOR EXPANSION & LOCAL JOB CREATION PLANS

On Wednesday, August 25th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins held a press conference announcing a $750,000 State grant she assisted in securing from the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) for San-Mar Laboratories to make investments needed to reduce operating costs, produce new products and expand the business.

“This funding will allow San-Mar Laboratories to create and retain an estimated 315 high-quality jobs in Westchester County,” said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF–Westchester). “During this challenging economic time, initiatives that attract business opportunities and support the growth of local enterprises that create jobs in our region must be a top priority.”

August 25, 2010
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Kenneth B. Fleiger

Kenneth B. Fleiger has devoted a life time to service of his community, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and his family; andKenneth B. Fleiger was born in New York City on April 23, 1937, and he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1956 and transferred to the Marine Corp Reserve in 1958, returning to Active Duty in January of 1963; andKenneth B. Fleiger served honorably in Vietnam from January of 1963 to May of 1969 and was placed on permanent disability in 1973 due to his military service; andWhile in the military, Kenneth B. Fleiger served as part of the Marine Barracks Honor Guard in Washington, District of Columbia, in addition to his tours of service in Vietnam and Japan; and

August 24, 2010
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