Senator Stewart-Cousins joined students, parents and faculty of the Hawthorne Elementary School at the 4th Annual “Walk the Green Walk” this week. The yearly event raises awareness about the importance of protecting the environment. The “Green Walk” began at the elementary school with a parade across Chelsea Street to the Hawthorne Fire Department, and culminated with a ceremony where Senator Stewart-Cousins and other dignitaries addressed the crowd. In her remarks, the Senator summed up the importance of being environmentally conscious with the following poem: “Remember the Earth Carries You Care for her Lovingly Every day.”
I would like to thank St. Mark's Lutheran School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the Tarrytown Music Hall, joining elected leaders from all levels of government to recognize the historic Westchester landmark. At the celebration, the Senator presented a proclamation from the New York State Senate to Executive Director Bjorn Olsson, and had the opportunity to meet music legend Boz Scags backstage. To see a picture, click here.
Bills Aim to Provide Cost-Savings to Local Governments and Taxpayers
(Albany)- State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District), Ranking Minority Member of the Local Government Committee and Member of the Governor’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team, announced the introduction of five measures and passage of one bill to provide localities with mandate relief which will result in cost savings to taxpayers.
Geraldine Ferraro was one of my earliest inspirations, and an inspiration for all women in politics. Like Shirley Chisholm, she went boldly into a male dominated national arena and weathered political storms, and even defeat, with grace and resolve. I will always remember her campaigning with me during my 2006 Senate race. The people loved her and respected all that she represented. She will be profoundly missed
Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Mike Spano passed resolutions in honor of Firefighter Mike Giroux and the Yonkers Fire and Police Departments this week, for their heroic rescue of two workers who were dangling 13 stories above ground from a collapsed scaffold at the St. Casimir Apartments in Yonkers on March 4th.
Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Mike Spano passed resolutions in honor of Firefighter Mike Giroux and the Yonkers Fire and Police Departments on March 23, for their heroic rescue of two workers who were dangling 13 stories above ground from a collapsed scaffold at the St. Casimir Apartments in Yonkers on March 4th. “This was a truly heroic rescue effort, and it once again displayed how our firefighters and police officers act with courage on a daily basis,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “And I am struck by how humble the firefighters and officers that we are honoring today have been in the aftermath of the rescue; not wanting to be called heroes and sharing recognition with their colleagues.
Legislation Would Account for Increased Enrollment and Pre-Kindergarten Program
(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I) is urging passage of two bills that she sponsors in the State Senate, which would provide additional State funding to the Yonkers city schools. The first, S. 1011, would provide the Yonkers City Schools with $4.8 million for the district’s Pre-Kindergarten program, and the second, S. 1012 would provide $3.98 million to address the district’s growth of approximately 1500 students. Both bills passed the Senate last year, but did not become law.
Improves Government Efficiency; Saves Taxpayer Dollars
(Albany)- The New York State Senate unamimously passed legislation on March 22, sponsored by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I), which would modernize County Clerk offices throughout the State by allowing real property transactions to be filed electronically. Supported by the New York State Association of County Clerks, the bill (S. 2373) would provide filers with the convenient option of submitting real property documents, such as mortgage deeds or easements, online. This would allow County Clerk to operate more efficiently, reduce paper usage; streamline storage and retrieval capabilities and enhance the accuracy and speed of the filing process, all of which will ultimately save taxpayer dollars.
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.
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.
(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.