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Important Bills Passed This Week: Exempt Vets from Property Taxes, Funding Energy-Efficient Upgrades to Dairy Farms, and More!

Exempt Certain Veterans From Property Taxes: S4136A will provide a 100% property tax exemption for veterans (or their unmarried surviving spouses) of engagements that certain campaign ribbons and medals have been issued for, and who are designated 100% disabled as a result of military service.

June 5, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Mourns the Death of Maya Angelou

Senator Stewart-Cousins mourns the death of Maya Angelou, who died on May 28th after a long illness, reciting one of the famous author-actress-poet's work "Still I Rise".  

June 3, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Release Minimum Wage Report And Push For Local Minimum Wage Option

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today released a comprehensive report detailing the economic benefits New York State would receive from authorizing a minimum wage local option. The Senate Democratic Conference also urged for immediate passage of legislation that would allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

June 2, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Releases Minimum Wage Report And Pushes For Passage Of Local Minimum Wage Option

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will be joined by minimum wage activists to push for Senate passage of legislation to allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Members of the Senate Democratic Conference, Minimum Wage Activists

WHEN: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

June 2, 2014
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June is LGBT Pride Month

June was chosen as LGBT pride month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of June, 1969. Today, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated worldwide with festivals, parades, concerts, and parties where LGBT community members and allies gather to celebrate their pride, rights, contributions to society, openness and diversity.

May 30, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Members Hold Public Forum On The New York State DREAM Act

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today held a public forum on the New York State DREAM Act. This legislation will would provide access to state-funded financial aid (TAP) and scholarships to qualifying undocumented youth as they seek to attend higher education institutions. Forum participants were provided testimony by fiscal and education experts, as well as undocumented youth who would qualify for education aid if the DREAM Act passed into law.

May 29, 2014
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Press Release: Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on Anti-Opioid Abuse Bills

“Heroin and opioid abuse is not a Republican or Democratic issue and I am glad my colleagues in the Republican-led coalition are helping work toward solutions. I look forward to working with them to help pass both our previously released package of bills and their bills. We as a state have a responsibility to join together to combat this addictive and deadly substance.”

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May 28, 2014
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New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade

Senator Stewart-Cousins with Congressman Engel and Mayor Bramson paying tribute to service members who sacrificed their lives for our freedom at the New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26th.

May 27, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Will Hold Public Forum On The New York State DREAM Act

Albany, NY - Members of the Senate Democratic Conference will be holding an open forum Wednesday, May 28, discussing the New York State DREAM Act.

May 27, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Statement on Memorial Day

Today, please take a moment to honor the brave men and women of our armed forces, particularly those who have fallen in service to our nation. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our veterans, active military personnel and their families for the sacrifices they have made to defend our way of life and preserve freedom and peace in America. They make these sacrifices with pride and humility so we must show our appreciation today and every day by giving thanks and lending a helping hand to them and others in need. So on this Memorial Day, I hope you will join me in thanking our veterans and honoring those who have fallen. Their service inspires us all. Happy Memorial Day.

May 27, 2014
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Westchester County Receives $738K for Youth Summer Jobs Program

The County of Westchester has received $737,924 to put young people from low-income households to work this summer. 

Funded through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), the Summer Youth Employment Program connects thousands of selected participants all over the state to jobs that will help them gain valuable work experience and much-needed income. Participants will work in places such as parks, nursing homes, summer camps, child care organizations, senior centers, community recreation centers, and other participating local businesses.

May 23, 2014
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins To Be Guest On Inside City Hall & Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Inside City Hall with Errol Louis tonight airing at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM followed by Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT:  Interview on Inside City Hall With Errol Louis Interview on Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin

WHO:     Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

May 22, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with Participants of LWVNY Students Inside Albany Conference

Leader Stewart-Cousins had the pleasure of being shadowed by high school students from her district, pictured from L-R, Daniel Wasserman of Scarsdale, Tanner Glickman of New Rochelle, and Matt Drescher of Scarsdale. The Student Shadowing Program was part of the Students Inside Albany Conference run by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc. to give students hands-on experience of the day-to-day happenings in a life of a New York State Senator.

May 21, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Better Protection NY Children, Increase Penalties for Leaving Accident Scene, and More!

Veterans to Receive Benefit Information When Applying for a Driver’s License or ID: Sponsored by Democratic State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senate Bill S2226B will provide an option on DMV application forms for any veteran to authorize the DMV to share data with the Division of Veteran Affairs through Vets Connect.

May 21, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Opening Remarks at Veterans Hall of Fame

Democratic Conference Leader opening remarks at the Veterans Hall of Fame which occurred on Tuesaday, May 20th at the LOB in Albany, NY, recognizing her inductee Bill Moye as well as all the veterans from all over New York being honored at the event.

May 21, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Inducts William F. Moye of New Rochelle into Veterans Hall of Fame

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) inducted William F. Moye of New Rochelle into the 2014 New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame to represent the 35th District. The 99 year old is a World War II veteran who served in Africa and Europe. He is currently the Chaplain Emeritus for the American Legion Post 8 and the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle.

May 21, 2014
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Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Dems Conference, and Women’s Orgs Continue Push for Passage of Entire Women’s Equality Act

Albany, NY – On Tuesday, May 20th, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) and members of the Senate Democratic Conference joined women’s rights advocates to call on the Senate Republican Coalition to pass the full Women’s Equality Act (WEA). Despite being passed twice in the State Assembly, the full Women’s Equality Act has not been brought before the Senate for a vote.

May 20, 2014
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Bill Moye

Bill Moye, born in New Rochelle in 1915, in an astute gentleman who has been seen walking, shopping for his homebound neighbors, delighting all ages with stories and dance steps – and continuing to be an integral part of his hometown.

For the few years that Mr. Moye was away from New Rochelle, he proudly served his country in World War II. Inducted by Local S.S. Board 738 of New Rochelle on June 19, 1942, Mr. Moye left for Fort Jay, New York. After two weeks’ leave, he passed through Camp Upton, Long Island, to Camp Lee, Virginia, for seven weeks of Basic Training, as well as training as a Bugler.

May 17, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Meets President Obama

Senator Stewart-Cousins had the pleasure of meeting President Obama Wednesday, May 14th, during his first visit back to Westchester as U.S. President after he spoke about the nation's transportation infrastructure.

May 15, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Tougher Penalties for Unlicensed Drivers, Update on Identity Theft Laws, and More!

Tough Penalties For Unlicensed Drivers: Teresita “Grace” Solano was killed on February 24, 2012 by an individual who was operating a delivery truck in Middletown, NY with a suspended license.

May 14, 2014
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