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#RaiseUpNY Launch Press Conference

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke at the launch of #RaiseUpNY on Tuesday, February 11th to show the Democratic Conference's support to give local cities and towns the power to raise the minimum wage.

February 12, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Yonkers Public Budget Forum

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer will be convening a “New York State Budget Town Hall” regarding the 2014-15 New York State Budget. Yonkers residents, community members, representatives of organizations, and elected officials of Yonkers are invited to testify about their concerns and priorities regarding the impact of the Governor’s proposed budget.

When: Wednesday, February 19th, 5:30-7:30 PMWhere: Saint Joseph's Medical Center (Cafeteria), 127 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701

February 19, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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New Law Allow School Districts To Create Property Tax Exemption For Veterans

In June of 2013, Senator Stewart-Cousins proudly voted for legislation that authorizes school districts to grant property tax exemptions to veterans who live within their jurisdictions. The bill passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on December 18th.

February 12, 2014
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In the News: NY Democrats Push for Faster Minimum-Wage Hike (Source: LoHud.com)

Democrats in the state Legislature are hoping to accelerate New York’s scheduled minimum-wage increase, using President Barack Obama’s national push to boost their plan.

“We understand that our business is unfinished and we need to make sure that we accelerate the minimum wage so that it will reflect what New Yorkers want,” Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said at a news conference Tuesday.

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February 11, 2014
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Press Release: Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Tappan Zee Bridge's Mass Transit Task Force's Executive Summary

"Creating more jobs and helping people get to those jobs are two major priorities being addressed by the New NY Bridge Project and the Mass Transit Task Force. By targeting key employment centers like Yonkers, Tarrytown, White Plains, Valhalla and more, the recommendations will help spur smart economic growth and sustainability for the region and assist residents looking to climb the ladder of success."

February 11, 2014
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Let Cities, Counties Supplement State's Minimum Wage (Commentary on Times Union by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Karim Camara)

As a nation, we've long agreed that everyone who's willing to work hard should have a shot at moving up in the world. But as families today know all too well, the middle class feels awfully elusive when you earn $8 an hour.

That's why we're supporting legislation that would allow municipalities in New York to supplement the state's minimum wage to be more in line with regional living costs. We recognize that New York is a diverse state, and a nuanced, local approach makes more sense than a one-size-fits-all policy. After all, a decent wage in Binghamton isn't necessarily the same for Buffalo or Albany County.

February 11, 2014
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February 7th is National Wear Red Day

As part of American Heart Month this February, let's show support for healthy heart awareness by wearing red this Friday, February 7th. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States. It is a preventable disease, and by increasing awareness and availability of quality health care, we can continue to save lives and reduce the cost of essential public healthcare and emergency programs.

February 6, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Black History Month

Senator Stewart-Cousins acknowledged the many accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans in the Senate Chamber for Black History Month.

February 6, 2014
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In the News: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Discusses Minimum Wage (Source: Capital Tonight)

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins appeared on the Capital Tonight to discuss the minimum wage, "hoping to reopen dialogue and get some momentum to raising minimum wage in accelerated phase, indexing it to inflation" for a more sustainable lifestyle for minimum wage workers in New York State.

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February 6, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Action On Minimum Wage

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference on February 4th announced the introduction of three bills relating to the New York State minimum wage. These three pieces of legislation would enable local governments to raise the minimum wage in their localities, expedite the increase of the state’s minimum wage, and end the corporate tax credit for employers who pay workers the minimum wage.

February 4, 2014
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February is Black History Month

This month is a time to remind ourselves of the many accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans and celebrate their history. Black History is American history that touches the life of every American and drives us to recommit ourselves to our shared fight for social and economic justice.

February 4, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Action On Minimum Wage

The Senate Democratic Conference will hold a press conference today, February 4th 2014 at 1:00 PM, to announce the introduction of legislation relating to the New York State minimum wage and call for immediate Senate action.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, February 4th 2014 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: Senate Democratic Conference Room, Room 315 Capitol, Albany

February 4, 2014
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Popeyes/Burger King Restaurant Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Friday, January 31st, a joint Popeyes-Burger King restaurant opened up across from Yonkers City Hall in the heart of downtown Yonkers. The franchise hired a staff of 70+ people and is in a prime location for what was a long-time a defunct eyesore of a closed diner. At this ribbon cutting ceremony, Senator Stewart-Cousins talked about the importance of stimulating the local economy, and how the opening of this restaurant will do just that to the Yonkers community.

February 3, 2014
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United Way Women's Leadership Council Breakfast

Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke about the importance of having more women in the legislature, as well as leveling the playing field in the overall workforce and how the job still is not done at the United Way Women's Leadership Council Breakfast January 31st.

February 3, 2014
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Chief School Administrators of Putnam/Northern Westchester Common Core Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Aseemblymember Shelley Mayer and other elected officials, met with School administrators from Westchester and Putnam Counties held at an open forum to discuss concerns about the NYS Dept. of Education's implementation of Common Core standards on Thursday, January 30th.

February 2, 2014
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Campaign For Summer Job Youth Action Day

Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the Campaign For Summer Jobs Youth Action Day on Tuesday, January 28th in Albany, NY on the merits of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the importance of the program to city youths and the State, and how much it is an investment in our youths because it allows them opportunities to develop good leadership skills and work habits.

 

January 28, 2014
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Press Release: Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Assembly’s Passage of the Women’s Equality Agenda

“I congratulate the Speaker and the Assembly for passing the comprehensive, 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda.

“In 1970, when the issue of reproductive health was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. It is now time for the Senate Coalition to act and to pass the entire 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda.”

January 27, 2014
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Family Planning Advocates of NYS Day of Action Rally

At the Family Planning Advocates of NYS Annual Day of Action rally, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins got the advocates on their feet and cheering for the Women's Equality Act. Known statewide as a champion for women's equality, Leader Stewart-Cousins vowed at the rally to continue fighting for passage of all ten points of the Women's Equality Act, including reproductive health.

January 27, 2014
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American Red Cross Winter Storm Tips & Checklists

With another large winter storm approaching our area, the American Red Cross is prepared to respond, as needed, to storm-related emergencies.

As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross is urging residents to be prepared—not only for the snow, but for extreme cold and possible power outages. Additionally, extreme weather increases the risk of home fires. Below are some tips to help residents stay safe, as well as checklists on winter storm safety and power outage safety. 

COLD WEATHER/WINTER STORM: Temperatures are expected to drop as conditions deteriorate throughout our region. People should take the following steps:

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American Red Cross Power Outage Checklist

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American Red Cross Winter Storm Checklist (Spanish)

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American Red Cross Winter Storm Checklist (English)

January 27, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins On Feminomics Money Minute

Senator Stewart-Cousins appears on Feminomics Money Minute (starting at 1:19) discussing the importance of the FAMILY Act, and how it's beneficial for both the employer and employee.

January 27, 2014
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