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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces “Fair New York” Plan With Major Help For Minimum Wage Workers

Create Up to 20,000 Affordable Units of Housing, Over 150,000 Thousand Jobs and Rebuilds Crumbling Infrastructure

Albany, NY - Leading up to budget negotiations, the Senate Democratic Conference today urged the state to act on “Fair New York,” an investment plan for the state’s projected $5.1 billion surplus that focuses on stimulating future economic growth by creating good jobs and making New York State a more affordable place to live and do business.  The plan makes significant one-time investments across New York State in affordable housing, transportation and education infrastructure, environmental protections and improvements and significant tax relief rebates for low-wage individuals and families.

February 19, 2015
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In the News: Caucus Weekend: Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Source: City & State TV)

Source: City & State

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins sits down with Gerson Borrero and Michael Johnson at City & State's hub location at the NYS Conference of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus Weekend. 

Click here to watch the interview.

February 17, 2015
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NYS Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus Weekend Award Recipients

(Albany - February 14th) Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblymember Gary Pretlow, congratulated the award recipients during the NYS Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus Weekend: Gail Wright Sirman (right center) who received the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Dr. Olivia Hooker, the Honorable Delores Scott Brathwaite (center) who received The Joseph L. Galiber Award, and Dennis Hanratty (left center) who received Housing and Economic Development Award.

February 16, 2015
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In the News: Westchester’s Black Leaders—And The Black Leaders That Inspired Them (Source: Westchester Magazine)

Source: Westchester Magazine

In honor of Black History Month, Senator Stewart-Cousinns spoke to Westchester Magazine about who inspired her, "Mary McLeod Bethune is an inspiration to me, with her remarkable life’s path and the rich legacy of education, civil rights, leadership, and political activism she left behind. With $1.50 and five students, she began a small school in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1904 that became Bethune-Cookman University.

February 12, 2015
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Volunteer New York's 65th Anniversary Celebration

(White Plains - February 11th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke about the importance of community service and giving back at the press conference celebrating Volunteer New York!'s 65th Anniversary. The press conference featured a symbolic phone which represents the first call made by Mrs. Jane Schwartz who founded the organization when she realized there was no resource to connect individuals with volunteer opportunities. Since then, Volunteer! New York has grown to serve Westchester County, Rockland County, and Putnam County, and continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community.

February 11, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizing Black History Month

(Albany - February 10th) Noting the strides made by African-Americans in our nation, our state and even in positions of leadership in the New York State Legislature, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Minority Leader, spoke on the Senate Resolution designating February as Black History Month. “With this resolution, I wanted to make sure we understood there are leaders that change our lives. Obviously, nationally noted, and then right in our communities; even right here in our legislature.”

February 11, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Introduces the “Clean Up Albany” Legislative Package

Includes Legislation that Restricts Outside Income, Closes LLC Loophole, Ends State Reimbursements for Legal Defense and Strips Pensions from Corrupt Officials

February 9, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference to Announce Major Ethics Plan and a Cap On Outside Income

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will announce a major ethics reforms legislative package on Monday, February 9, at 12:00 PM.   

WHO: Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference

WHEN: Monday, February 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM

WHERE: Senate Democratic Conference Room, Room 315 Capitol, Albany 

February 9, 2015
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2015-16 Blue Book

Click on the file below to access the 2015-16 Blue Book. This will open in a new web browser.

File: 
Bluebook FINAL ckes.SAT2_.Editdocx.pdf

February 6, 2015
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Fatal Train Collision in Valhalla

"This was a horrific tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and those that have been injured. There will be a full investigation into this heartbreaking incident and over the next few days we will find out exactly what happened. Now is the time for all us to support those so deeply affected by this tragedy."

February 4, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remembering Former Governor M. Cuomo

(Albany - February 2nd) “I didn’t have the privilege of serving with Governor Mario Cuomo, but I had the privilege of knowing him outside of the formal atmosphere of governor.” This was a snippet of the heartwarming reflection given by Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins about Governor Mario Cuomo. The Senator addressed the Senate to pay homage to the late governor. The decision to honor his life and legacy came unanimously supported through a resolution which Senator Stewart-Cousins co-sponsored. She spoke on the ways in which he created opportunity for individuals who typically would not. She recollected that he was so successful as a leader because he understood what it was like to be that person on the outside, on the inside.

February 3, 2015
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Minority Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on the Election of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

“Speaker Heastie is someone who will lead the Assembly with a steady hand and I congratulate him on his election. This is a historic moment for both the Assembly and State Government as a whole. As we begin Black History Month, it is uplifting that another barrier has finally been broken. I look forward to working with Speaker Heastie to ensure all our state’s residents receive the progressive representation they desire, and offer my full support to him as we all work together to restore the people's trust in government.”

February 3, 2015
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Statement from Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Election of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

“Speaker Heastie is someone who will lead the Assembly with a steady hand and I congratulate him on his election. This is a historic moment for both the Assembly and State Government as a whole. As we begin Black History Month it is uplifting that another barrier has finally been broken. I look forward to working with Speaker Heastie to ensure all our state’s residents receive the progressive representation they desire and offer my full support to him as we all work together to restore the people's trust in government. ”

February 3, 2015
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Statement from Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Governor Cuomo's Ethics Reforms Initiatives

"The Senate Democrats have been advocates for cleaning up Albany and restoring the public’s trust in our state government. I am pleased that Governor Cuomo is taking the ethics reforms initiatives we have championed for and will now ensure that the Senate Republicans finally have to address these common sense measures."

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February 2, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces New Fraud Protections for Immigrants in New York State

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Minority Leader, announced today that enhanced fraud protections for immigrants seeking assistance in New York State became law February 2, 2015.

“New York has a proud history of welcoming immigrants and embracing the contributions they make to our communities,” Senator Stewart-Cousins said. “However, there are also some unscrupulous people offering services to help them adjust to life in New York who take their money and provide little to no assistance. My office has worked with constituents who have had this happen to them. This new law ensures there are protections in place for the often vulnerable newcomers to our country and our state.”

February 2, 2015
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Comunicado de Prensa: La Senadora Stewart-Cousins Anuncia Nuevas Protecciones de Fraude Para Inmigrantes en el Estado de Nueva York

Yonkers, NY - La senadora estatal Andrea Stewart-Cousins, líder de la minoría, ha anunciado que mayores protecciones de fraude para los inmigrantes que buscan asistencia en el estado de Nueva York se convirtieron en ley hoy, 2 de febrero de 2015.

February 2, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces New Fraud Protections for Immigrants in New York State

Yonkers, NY -  State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Minority Leader, announced today that enhanced fraud protections for immigrants seeking assistance in New York State became law February 2, 2015. 

February 2, 2015
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HSS Shivaji Shakha 24-Hour Surya Namaskar "Sun Salutation" Yogathon

(White Plains - January 31st) Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the conclusion of a Yogathon which took place at the YWCA Dance Studio Hall in White Plains. This special event was hosted for the community by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Westchester Chapter as part of the nationwide effort to create awareness about yoga and its advantages.

February 1, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Urges Citizens to Be Prepared for Emergencies & Natural Disasters

(Dobbs Ferry - January 30th) Did you know that New York State, in collaboration with the National Guard, is helping train citizens to be ready when disaster strikes? At the Citizen's Preparedness session in Dobbs Ferry, Senator Stewart-Cousins encouraged her constituents to have a preparedness kit in hand at all times, a backpack which holds your most essential survival items you can quickly grab at a time of an emergency, and to sign up for NY-Alert to receive critical emergency-related information.

January 30, 2015
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"She's Beautiful When She's Angry" Documentary Screening

(Irvington - January 29th) Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the screening of the documentary film "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" on January 29th. Directed by Mary Dore who discussed the lengthy project that chronicles the start of the women's movement in this country, the documentary interviews 38 female pioneers in the fight for gender equality including Muriel Fox, who co-founded the National Organization for Women and is a Westchester resident. As the saying goes, "We've come a long way, baby, yet the fight for reproductive health rights and equal pay continues today, including here in New York."

January 29, 2015
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