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Senate Passes Ban On Texting While Driving

(Albany, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate passed S3619A/Dilan,  legislation that will make New York’s roads and highways safer by, among other provisions, banning the practice of texting and using other electronic devices while driving. In addition to the texting ban, the legislation includes a number of important provisions that will make the roadways safer by implementing sensible requirements for young drivers, including:

July 16, 2009
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on Senate Stalemate

Dear Friends,

Please allow me to take this opportunity to share some important information with you. As you know, I ran for the New York State Senate on a platform of real reform. The events that have recently taken place in Albany are frustrating, and many of you have expressed to me that you share my frustration. However, there is a very important point here, one that you won’t necessarily extract from the daily headlines about “coups” and “power grabs” and “crises” in our newspapers or on local television news.

July 7, 2009
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: SENATE APPROVES GREEN JOBS/GREEN NEW YORK INITIATIVE; Job creation program promotes energy savings and will revitalize distressed communities

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that the Senate, in a bipartisan manner, approved Senate bill 5888, which aims to rebuild New York’s crippled economy and assist energy consumers.  The measure, entitled “The Green Jobs/Green NY Act of 2009", will create 14,000 jobs by providing the means to

July 7, 2009
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Local Government Committee Meeting

Agenda attached below as PDF

June 10, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honors Contemporary Women of Distinction

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins honoring Lois Taplin Bronz at a celebration in Albany.

June 5, 2009
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Permit Parking for East Yonkers Neighborhood Signed Into Law; Residents near Yonkers Raceway gain access to parking close to home

              Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF-Yonkers) and Assemblyman Mike Spano (D/C/WF-Yonkers) held a press conference today announcing that legislation they sponsored has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson. The legislation establishes a residential permit parking system near Yonkers Raceway/Empire City.They were joined by the Lincoln Park Taxpayers Association and other local residents.

June 5, 2009
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Local Government Committee Meeting

Agenda attached below

June 3, 9:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $8 MILLION IN RESTORE NY GRANTS FOR THE CITY OF YONKERS; Yonkers Awarded $8.9 million for Two Rehabilitation Projects

              Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee announced two grants totaling $8.9 million for the City of Yonkers as part of the third round of Restore NY grant program.   The

May 28, 2009
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Measure To Assist Unemployed New Yorkers

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – 35th District) announced today that the Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation that extends unemployment benefits for thousands of New Yorkers. The bill, Senate 4110-A, provides benefits for an additional 13 weeks.

“During these difficult economic times, working families are struggling to make ends meet,” stated Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “For the unemployed, the struggle is even greater, therefore, I was pleased to vote in favor of this important bill that will help so many of New York’s families.”

May 20, 2009
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Legislative Update with Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was joined in Albany by three extraordinary students from Roosevelt High School in the City of Yonkers. The three students, Sashay Turner, Yarelis Borrero and DaQuan Gary, captured first place in the Community Service category at the Annual New York State SkillsUSA competition.

May 19, 2009
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SENATE HONORS ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – 35th District) welcomed three Roosevelt High School students, their teachers, advisors and fellow students to the State Capitol in Albany to honor their selfless contributions to their peers and communities.

May 18, 2009
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: SENATE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW ALLOWS PATIENTS GREATER FLEXIBILITY; Organ Donor can Designate Non-relative to Consent to Donation

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) applauded the Governor’s approval of Senate bill 3910, which allows patients greater choice and control over who can determine their status as an organ donor.

May 12, 2009
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LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS & ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE SPANO TO HELP PRESERVE PARKING NEAR RACEWAY CLEARS BOTH HOUSES OF THE LEGISLATURE; Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

             State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) and Assemblyman Mike Spano (D/C/WF – Yonkers) announced today that legislation they sponsored together was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and Assembly.  Senate bill 4392A/Assembly bill 5493A will resolve the ongoing parking problem for residents in East Yonkers by establishing a residential parking permit system near the Yonkers Raceway and Empire City at Yonkers Raceway.

May 1, 2009
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Students of Today's Student's Tomorrow's Teachers

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Students of Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers

May 1, 2009
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers President, Bettye Perkins

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins presents a ceremonial check to Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers President Bettye Perkins celebrating the funding secured by the Senator for this important program.

May 1, 2009
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Funding Secured in Budget For Violence Prevention Program

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – 35th District) announced today that the Senate has launched a new program designed to cut down on illegal guns and gang violence that plagues our communities.

“Since the beginning of the year, in Yonkers alone, there have been over twenty incidents of gun violence,” stated Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – 35th District). “Gun and gang violence is on the rise and aggressively addressing this issue through prevention efforts is in everyone’s best interest.”

April 28, 2009
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Yonkers Delegation: Final Budget Increases Aid to Education for Yonkers Schools

Budget avoids funding cuts to Yonkers

The Yonkers State Legislative delegation announced that the final state budget agreement avoids drastic cuts to the Yonkers Public Schools and the City of Yonkers which were originally proposed in the Executive budget.

April 1, 2009
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Yonkers Boy Scout Troop 5

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins poses with Yonkers Boy Scout Troop 5 (sponsored by Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church) and Pack 338 (sponsored by St. Bartholomew's School in Yonkers).

March 31, 2009
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First Day of School at Bedford Road School

Principal Peggy Gulotti and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins welcome students on the first day of school at the Bedford Road Elementary School in Pleasantville.

March 31, 2009
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