Newsroom

Martin Luther King, Jr.Memorial Re-dedication Ceremony

(Albany - April 29th) An unveiling of a new glass sculpture titled “Seeds of Enlightenment” took place on Wednesday morning at the Empire State Plaza as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr.Memorial Re-dedication Ceremony. The original sculpture designed by artist Eric Hilton was dedicated in 2000 but badly damaged in July 2014. Corning Inc. and The Corning Museum of Glass decided to replace the memorial sculpture with a new one that bears the same title as the original. The Senator took part in the unveiling and said in a press release about the event, “I’m honored to join the Office of General Services, Corning Inc., and The Corning Museum of Glass for the re-dedication of this beautiful memorial honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 30, 2015
Read more...

Senator Stewart-Couins Speaking To Yonkers Middle School Students

(April 30th - Yonkers) As the school year neared its end, in preparation for graduation and the next phase of their lives, 7th and 8th graders of Yonkers Middle School intently listened to Senator Stewat-Cousins as she spoke about the importance of education, being a good student and citizen in general, and how the students can seemlessly transition to high school and beyond.

April 30, 2015
Read more...

National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.60th Annual Founders Day

(New Rochelle - April 25th) The Senator was honored to speak to the New Rochelle Club of The National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women's Club at their 60th Annual Founders Day & 44th Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to the honorees: Reverend Deacon Hyacinth E. Lee, Detective Tanya Williams, Dr Romelle Maloney and Detective Terrance Fudge.

The Mission of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. is to promote and protect the interests of African- American business and professional women; to serve as advisors for young people seeking to enter business and the professions; to improve the quality of life in our local and global communities, and to foster good fellowship.

April 29, 2015
Read more...

Senate Democratic Conference Calls For Passage Of Critical Ethics Reform To Close The “LLC Loophole” Press Conference

(Albany - April 27th) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Daniel Squadron, sponsor of the bill, held a news conference to push for legislation to tighten campaign finance regulations and close the LLC donation gap. Representatives from organizations such as the Brennan Center and Citizens Action, Citizen Union, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, and NYPIRG also support the bill. Senator Stewart-Cousins said almost every day new allegations of abuse and corruption are leveled at state government.

April 29, 2015
Read more...

Tarrytown YMCA's Healthy Kids Day

(Tarrytown - April 25th) The Tarrytown YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day as part of YMCA's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children during the summer months. The annual event features fun activities for the whole family, informational booths about fitness and healthy living, as well as live music by local kids bands. A member of one of the bands, Second Son (pictured above with the Senator), met the Senator a few years back when he was just starting to learn how to play the trumpet. He was playing in public for donation, and the Senator witnessed kids poking fun of the amateur way he sounded, so she approached him, put $5 in a hat, and encouraged him to keep playing.

April 28, 2015
Read more...

March of Dimes Walk For Babies 75th Year Celebration

(White Plains - April 26th) Stepping off at the March of Dimes Walk for Babies in White Plains, Senator Stewart-Cousins and her grandson Kyle joined hundreds of others including White Plains Mayor Tom Roach for the annual event. The March of Dimes is celebrating 75 years of research, breakthroughs and vaccines. Still, nearly half a billion babies are born too soon each year. The event raises money for the organization's efforts to prevent premature births.

April 27, 2015
Read more...

Yonkers Arbor Day Celebration

(Yonkers - April 24th) The students from Museum School 25 in Yonkers helped celebrate Arbor Day with the Senator, Mayor Michael Spano and City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino at Trevor Park. Did you know that Yonkers is a "Tree City USA" because it meets standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters? Happy Arbor Day!

April 27, 2015
Read more...

Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Calls For Passage Of Critical Ethics Reform To Close The “LLC Loophole”

Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron will Today Force a Committee Vote to Close the LLC Loophole and Reform How Campaigns are Funded

 Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today called on the Senate Republicans in the Elections Committee to pass legislation that will close the LLC loophole and help clean up Albany. Due to Republican refusal to even consider this critical legislation, Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron filed a motion for committee consideration to simply have this ethics reform initiative discussed by the Senate Elections Committee. Today’s vote on the legislation in the Senate Elections Committee follows decisions in recent weeks by Republicans in both the State Legislature and the Board of Elections to keep the loophole open.

April 27, 2015
Read more...

Important Bills Passed This Week: Stimulating Energy Conservation, Expanding Green Geothermal Energy Use, The CARE Act

Stimulating Energy Conservation: Energy Star appliances are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide significant energy conservation as compared to other models in their product categories. Many energy providers and agencies already offer discounts or rebates on services for purchasing or using Energy Star equipment to encourage consumers and businesses to reduce their energy usage and carbon footprints. Senate Bill S1804 exempts Energy Star appliances from state sales and compensating use taxes and offer local governments the option to offer additional exemptions. By making upgrades more affordable it would encourage replacement of less efficient models with Energy Star certified products.

April 27, 2015
Read more...

Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Renews Push To Close The LLC Loophole

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce a renewed effort to close the LLC Loophole.

April 27, 2015
Read more...

Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on New Teacher Evaluation System

“Rushing to implement a new teacher evaluation system would be misguided. We’ve been down this road before and we’ve seen where faulty and fast implementation of poorly conceived education changes leads. Demonizing teachers, over-testing students and rushing major reforms will not improve our education system, it will only cause more problems. Delaying the implementation of this new teacher evaluation system is the minimum step that should be taken.”

BACKGROUND:

April 23, 2015
Read more...

Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Office of Special Investigation

“By voting down legislation to create the Office of Special Investigation, the Senate Republicans demonstrated that they do not believe reforms are needed to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of age, race or gender, are treated with respect and equality. The fight to reform the state criminal justice system is not over, and we will continue our efforts to ensure every New Yorker feels safe, secure and protected.”

BACKGROUND:

April 22, 2015
Read more...

New York State Trade Mission To Cuba

(Cuba - April 20th) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins had the opportunity to be a member of the first trade mission to Cuba organized by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Catch a quick glimpse of the trip including meeting with the Cardinal, a tour of old Havana, and catching up with SUNY students and Chancellor Zimpher.

April 21, 2015
Read more...

Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Travel to Cuba as Part of State Delegation to Consider Trade Options

Yonkers, NY - On Monday, April 20th, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, at the invitation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, will be a member of the New York State delegation traveling to Cuba to consider trade options. The trip was made possible in the wake of President Obama’s initiative to chart a new course of diplomatic relations with the island nation located 90 miles from U.S. shores. 

April 20, 2015
Read more...

League of Women Voters of Westchester's Running and Winning Workshop

(White Plains - April 16th) Senator Stewart-Cousins had an opportunity to speak to the next generation of political leaders at the League of Women Voters of Westchester's Running and Winning Workshop in White Plains. The program is for young women, juniors and seniors, who are chosen to participate because of their interest in pursuing public service as a career. Co-sponsors of the event were the Association of American University Women and the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester. The Senator ran into White Plains City Councilwoman Nadine Hunt-Robinson, who is currently in her first term in office.

April 16, 2015
Read more...

Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Closing LLC Loophole

“It’s seems everyday a new Albany scandal rocks New Yorkers’ confidence in our state government. The Senate Democratic Conference has outlined a series of common sense measures, including closing the LLC loophole, that will restore the people’s faith in state government by cleaning up Albany.  I am disappointed that efforts to close the LLC loophole continue to be blocked  and I hope with the remaining time left in session we can finally close this glaring loophole and pass real ethics reforms."

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

April 16, 2015
Read more...

Health Coverage Special Enrollment Deadline is April 30th

The federal government has allowed a special enrollment period for New Yorkers that paid a tax penalty last year for not having health insurance and still lack coverage this year, or have had a qualifying life event such as marriage, becoming a citizen or loss of job.

April 13, 2015
Read more...

Hudson River Community Association Neighborhood Cleanup Day & BBQ

Come out with your friends and neighbors and make some new ones. Roll up your sleeves and help make OUR neighborhood a cleaner and greener place!

The volunteers will meet at the Charter School of Educational Excellence at 260 Warburton Avenue and return their for the BBQ as well. For more information, please contact HRCA at mail@hudsonrivercommunityassociation.com or call (914) 963-2393.

April 25, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Read more...

Volunteer New York! First Annual Fatherhood Conference

(White Plains - April 7th) New York's first Fathering Conference was held in White Plains on April 7th. Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call to Men, was the keynote speaker. Frank Williams of the White Plains Youth Bureau was the master of ceremonies and Bob Stien helped coordinate the event at the County Center. Some 300 participants spent time in various workshops and the Senator had the opportunity to address the group before a roundtable discussion on education.

April 8, 2015
Read more...

White Plains High School Tour

(White Plains - April 7th) Senator Stewart-Cousins toured White Plains High School with School Superintendent Timothy Connors, Principal Ellen Doherty and White Plains Teacher's Association President Kerry Broderick, a biology teacher here. She had a chance to see a science lab, an art class and digital art display, and a workout room with donated equipment. An impressive school with 2,100 students!

April 7, 2015
Read more...