Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the Zeta Phi Beta Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter 51st Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, March 15th in Tarrytown, NY to congratulate the recepient of the Zeta Phi Beta Gamma Xi Zeta scholarships this year -- all of whom are in the picture with her above.
Higher Safety Standards For Baby Cribs Sold In New York: Recent federal rules established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission enhanced crib design standards and prohibited the use of cribs that fail to meet those standards by all public child care providers and places of public accommodation. Senate Bill S.6250A would update crib safety standards to comply with the new federal rules. This would increase child safety in facilities where children receive care and supervision while limiting the jurisdiction of local Offices of Children and Family Services to those facilities.
Bill Carter, the Commissioner of the Theodore Young Center in Greenburgh, celebrated his 60th birthday last month at a party in Tarrytown. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the festivities and presented the Commissioner with a proclamation for his service to the Greenburgh community and beyond.
Last month, Hope's Door announced the launch of their "Next Step" program, which will help victims of domestic abuse attain financial independence by providing vocational training and assistance with interviewing skills, financial literacy, life skills and resume writing. The program will be funded by donations from the Avon Foundation, Verizon Foundation and the Sexauer Foundation. Senator Stewart-Cousins, a strong supporter of Hope's Door, commented on the launch of the program.
"The Tappan Zee Bridge is the largest infrastructure project in the nation and will be a key driver of our region's economic growth. With a goal of 10% disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation - or $314 million - there are ample opportunities for local small businesses, including those owned by minorities and women, to work on the New NY Bridge. It is critical to make sure disadvantaged businesses get a foot in the door with so much economic opportunity at the doorstep," said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF - 35th District).
Leader Stewart-Cousins welcomed Mark Messier of the New York Rangers who was visiting the Capitol on Tuesday, March 11th to get support from the Legislature for the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) project in the Bronx.
Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke at the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition "Affordable Housing" Rally on Monday, March 10th in Albany. Growing up in public housing, Leader Stewart-Cousins knows first-hand the struggles of finding a modestly-priced place to call home, and continues to fight to reduce homelessness in New York. At the rally, she discussed the importance of affordable housing for famillies, how organizations and individuals need to continue to bring issues of affordable housing to light, and how "we need to start thinking creatively about how we house our New York families".
Participating in White Plain's St. Patrick's Day Annual Parade has become part of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins' tradition in celebrating the Irish culture and heritage of many of her constituents. This is the 17th year White Plains hosted this celebration which occured on Saturday, March 8th and commenced at the intersection of Mamaroneck Avenue and Old Mamaroneck Road ending at City Hall. Also at the Parade was the Senator's colleague, Senator George Latimer.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was one of the first few to step foot in the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center on Saturday, March 8th which was its grand opening. The purpose of the Education Center is "to enhance the teaching and learning of the lessons of the Holocaust and the right of all people to be treated with dignity and respect. We encourage students to speak up and act against all forms of bigotry and prejudice". For more information, please visit HolocaustEducationCTR.org.
Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced she will be voting against four incumbent members of the Board of Regents that are up for re-confirmation by the State legislature this year. The Senator cited the anger and frustration of parents with the Regents’ handling of the Common Core roll-out and the need for accountability as reasons for her vote against the four incumbents.
Leader Stewart-Cousins stopped by the 24th Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition to view some of the artistic accomplishments of aspiring student artists from her district. This exhibit was made possible by NYSATA and NYSUT.
Final Rest For Unclaimed Cremated Remains of Veterans: Too often, cremated remains of veterans lie unclaimed on shelves and in storage facilities at mortuaries, hospitals, prisons, and funeral homes for months or years instead of being properly and respectfully laid to rest. Under the current law these facilities are not permitted to release the remains to anyone who is not a family member or personal friend leading to long term storage often at high cost to the facilities. Senate Bill S.1615-B would permit these facilities to release cremated veteran remains to tax exempt veteran’s organizations that will properly inter them.
“It is up to the women,” was the theme of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins' remarks on the floor of the State Senate as a resolution she sponsored in honor of Women's History Month was adopted. "It's important to celebrate the other women in the Chamber, [as well as] the unsung heroines like mothers, including my own mother," said the Senator. She also recognized various women throughout history, like Eleanor Roosevelt who not only served as First Lady but also was a great leader who fought for human rights.
Leader Stewart-Cousins meeting with Dr. Concetta Stewart, President of Mercy College, and Terri Standish-Kuon, Vice President of CICU Communications & Administration, to discuss higher education issues such as HEOP, TAP, and other legislative priorities for the independent sector.
Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins encourages the youth to speak on issues they are concerned about and took some time off her busy schedule to meet with some of her young constituents who were visiting Albany following a weekend-long educational program run by the North American Federation of Temple Youth and Reform Jewish Voice of NY. At the meeting, they discussed a variety of important topics including reproductive rights, LGBT eqaulity, economic justice and immigration reform.