Kensico Elementary School Visits Albany and Meets With Senator Stewart-Cousins

Students, parents, and teachers from Kensico Elementary School took a class trip to Albany this week and met with Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins during their visit. The Senator gave the students a homework assignment— they are to research the total amount of spending in the last year’s State budget, and write to the Senator in her Albany office with the correct answer.

March 18, 2011

Republican Senate Budget Proposal Slashes Yonkers Education Funding

Senator Stewart-Cousins Sends Letter to Majority Leader Urging Restoration of Funds

(Albany) - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke on the floor of the Senate yesterday, urging full restoration of Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Aid to the City of Yonkers. The Republican Senate Budget Resolution, approved yesterday, cut VLT Aid to Yonkers by $15 million, which would have a devastating impact on the Yonkers School District.

March 16, 2011

Rallying to Restore Education Funding

Keeping Current Surcharge Would Stave off Cuts

(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I) rallied to restore proposed State budget cuts to education funding today, joining several of her Democratic colleagues and the Alliance for Quality Education at a press conference in the Capital. The Senator says the cuts, totaling over $1.5 billion, can be restored by continuing the income tax surcharge on individuals netting more than $200,000 per year, and couples netting more than $300,000 per year. The surcharge was signed into law in 2009 and is set to expire on December 31, and it would bring over $4 billion in revenue to the State this fiscal year.

March 9, 2011

Speaking on the Floor About Yonkers Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins passed a resolution in the New York State Senate today recognizing Yonkers Schools Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio for being named Superintendent of the Year by New York State Council of School Superintendents. The resolution was read in its entirety on the floor of the Senate and passed unanimously.

March 2, 2011

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Advocates Redistricting Bill With Mayor Koch

(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins stood with Mayor Ed Koch and several of her legislative colleagues at the Capital today, urging passage of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s redistricting bill. The legislation would create an independent commission to draw legislative districts, which was a major aspect of Mayor Koch’s reform pledge last fall. Senator Stewart-Cousins is designated as a Hero of Reform by Mayor Koch, and promises to fight for passage of the legislation.

March 1, 2011

Westchester News Online: Jobs For Veterans Roundtable

Westchester News Online covered the Senator's attendance at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Jobs For Veterans Roundtable discussion on Tuesday February 22nd. Click here to read the story. 

February 25, 2011

Forum/Town Hall: Coffee and Conversation With County Legislator John Nonna

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and County Legislator John Nonna would like to invite you to, "Coffee and Conversation." Come discuss critical issues with you State and County officials. This event is open to the public. See below for details. To RSVP, please call Senator Stewart-Cousins' office at 914-423-4031.

March 12, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Joins Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Jobs For Veterans Roundtable

(Dobbs Ferry)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins took part in Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Jobs for Veterans Roundtable Discussion at Mercy College on February 22nd. With the unemployment rate among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan reaching close to 20% nationwide, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand invited Senator Stewart-Cousins, other government leaders, veteran’s advocates, education officials and members of the business community to listen to veterans about the problems they face in the job market, and discuss ways to overcome those barriers.

February 22, 2011

"Women Working It" Workshop

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins organized a business workshop for women at the annual Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus weekend. The workshop presented valuable information from a panel of successful women business owners and government partners about how to get a business off the ground.

February 18, 2011

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins' Statement on Ethics Package

At a press conference on Monday February 14th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined members of the Senate Democratic Conference to announce an Ethics Reform package which will reform the way business is done in Albany. The Journal News' Politics on Hudson Blog covered the press conference. Click here to read their post.

February 15, 2011

Letter to Public Service Commission About Tree Trimming Policies

Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the Public Service Commission (PSC) Staff’s Recommendations regarding Case 10-E-0155. I would also like to thank you for opening this review, and for affording the public a high level of involvement in the process. As stated in my original comments, I recognize that vegetation management practices are necessary to maintain a safe and reliable electric utility system. However, changes to Public Service Commission policies for utility companies engaging in this work are necessary to improve public involvement and reflect greater concern for the environment and quality of life. To that end, it is my belief that the PSC staff’s recommendations do not go far enough in addressing the concerns of affected residents.

February 3, 2011

The Journal News: Yonkers Residents Urged to Relinquish Fear at MLK Event

By Ernie Garcia

YONKERS — Biblical lepers were examples of self-liberation at the Nepperhan Community Center's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event on Monday.

The Rev. H. Beecher Hicks Jr. of the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington urged about 300 attendees at the Warburton Avenue center's 25th annual breakfast to let go of the hurt from past injustices and reach for any goal they desire...

The Nepperhan event, which drew most of the city's elected officials, also honored state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins; Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow: Ken Jenkins, chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators ; and Yonkers Councilwoman Patricia McDow with the Drum Major for Justice Award for their efforts to improve the city...

January 18, 2011