Commemorating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This Monday, January 20th 2014, is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an excellent opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a harmonious society.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a perfect example of a leader that children and adults alike can be proud to emulate on the day of his birth and all year round. The values and goals Dr. King promoted still ring true today and can be realized through recommitting ourselves to community service.

January 20, 2014

Hudson River Greenway Link Project Study Complete, Next Steps Pursued

On January 17th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended a press conference to show her support for the Hudson River Greenway Link Project. At the press conference, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer announced the completion of the Project study, and the next steps he plans to take in pursuit of the development of the “bicycle and pedestrian-friendly” pathway along the Hudson River which would connect the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway with the Old Croton Aqueduct in Yonkers. The goal of the pathway is to create “a continuous greenway for cyclists, pedestrians and commuters while “transforming Westchester waterfront, boosting recreation, and bringing more economic activity in the region”.

January 19, 2014

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Mourning the Death of Nelson Mandela

On the Senate Floor, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke to mourn the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The Senator praised Mandela's commitment to nothing less than the complete emancipation of his people, and reminded the chamber that he refused to exit prison for 27 years until this dream was realized. The Senator concluded her remarks by encouraging her colleagues to abide by the same courage and ideals of equality that Nelson Mandela cherished.

January 15, 2014

Black Democrats of Westchester Annual Holiday Reception

Senator Stewart-Cousins was honored with the "May Morgan Robinson Award" at the Black Democrats of Westchester Annual Holiday Reception on Sunday, January 12th, pictured here with Sandra Blackwell, another honoree, and David Ford, President of the Westchester Black Dems.

January 12, 2014

Mayor Bill De Blasio Visits the Democratic Conference

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the members of the Democratic Conference twice this month in Albany. Mayor de Blasio discussed his legislative priorities and goals for the coming year. Leader Stewart-Cousins said she is looking forward to a good working relationship with Mayor de Blasio and the Democratic Conference.

January 8, 2014

White Plains "Three Kings Day" (Dia de Reyes) Celebration

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the annual Three Kings Day Celebration hosted by El Centro Hispano at St. Bernards Church in White Plains. The Senator is pictured here with Isabel Villar, Judith Aucar, Patricia Lanza and volunteers.

January 7, 2014

In the News: State Senate Democratic Leader Offers Wish List (Source: NY1Online)

Inside City Hall's Errol Louis had Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the state Senate's Democratic Conference Leader, offer her thoughts and suggestions for what Governor Andrew Cuomo should say in his upcoming State of the State Address.

Click here to view the video.

January 7, 2014

Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Inside City Hall

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Inside City Hall with Errol Louis tonight airing at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM.

WHAT: Interview on Inside City Hall With Errol Louis

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

January 6, 2014

Senator Stewart-Cousins with Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at Bill de Blasio Inauguration

Senator Stewart-Cousins caught up with Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio's Inauguration on January 1st.

January 3, 2014

Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show this morning at 10:30 AM. 

WHAT: Interview on The Brian Lehrer Show

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Thursday, January 2nd at 10:30 AM

Click here to listen LIVE!

January 2, 2014

Senate Democratic Conference Introduces Bill To Move State Primary Election Date To June

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today announced the introduction of legislation to hold the state’s Primary Election day for state and federal offices in June. This billwould save state and local governments $50 million by holding a single primary election andmoving Primary Election day from the month of September.

“This is a common sense and good government approach to save our local taxpayers at least $50million and will help increase voter turnout, giving more people a voice in the electoral process ,” Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.

December 30, 2013

$2.7 Million in State Economic Development Grants Rewarded to Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle for Job-Creating Projects

Projects in the cities of Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle received a total of $3.9 million in grants and incentives from the Regional Economic Development Council awards on Monday, December 17th. Senator Stewart-Cousins co-represents the three cities.

December 18, 2013

Greenburgh Santa Breakfast

Hundreds of children in Greenburgh attended the Hartsdale Rotary Club's breakfast with Santa Claus this year at the Anthony F. Veteran Park Multipurpose Room. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined in the festivities, and is pictured here with Greenburgh residents Zack Kaczmarek, Ron Tvert, Councilwoman Diana Juettner and Joan Stern.

December 17, 2013

Meeting with Lower Hudson Valley Council of School Superintendents

On Friday, December 13th, the Lower Hudson Valley Council of School Superintendents hosted their annual legislative meeting to discuss education policy for the upcoming legislative year. As she does every year, Senator Stewart-Cousins participated in the meeting. Two of the main topics of concern shared by the Superintendents were the implementation of the Common Core Standards and the sharing of student data with third parties. Senator Stewart-Cousins explained that she supports a slower phase-in of the Common Core implementation, and also supports allowing parents to opt-out of having their student's data shared with third parties.

December 16, 2013

International Human Rights Day Celebration

To celebrate International Human Rights Day, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the celebration of Yonkers Commission on Human Rights’ 50th Anniversary enacted on October 1, 1963 by the City of Yonkers. The breakfast event was held on Saturday, December 14th at the Riverview on Hastings-on-Hudson with a theme "Advancing Women's Equality" which explored the state of gender equality today and examine possible strategies and steps to promote and realize gender equity in the future. Also at the event, Judge Delores Braithwaite, pictured here with the Senator.

December 16, 2013

Annual AFL-CIO Holiday Party

On Thursday, December 12th, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined her friends in labor at the annual AFL-CIO Holiday Party. The Senator is pictured here with Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi also attended the holiday party. The Senator is pictured below with Mr. Iannuzzi, Pat Puleo and Florence McCue.

December 15, 2013

Haitian Resources Center First Annual Gala

Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized the Haitian Resource Center with a proclamation at their First Annual Gala on Friday, December 13th at the Thomas H. Slater Center in White Plains, NY. Just established in March this year, the mission of the Haitian Resource Center is to provide services to the growing and underserved Haitian population in Westchester County" including enrichment programs for children and referrals for immigration and citizenship services among others.

December 15, 2013

Yonkers Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins is picture at the 2013 Annual Yonkers Tree Lighting Ceremony in Getty Square in Yonkers.

December 14, 2013

Lawmakers, College Officials React to Regional Council Awards (Source: Albany Watch)

Nearly $716 million in grants, tax breaks and other incentives were awarded Wednesday as part of the state’s annual Regional Economic Development Council awards, with the Mid-Hudson region raking in about $59 million—the sixth-largest of 10 awards. Afterward, it was all smiles from state lawmakers, education officials and other council members, including Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers.

December 11, 2013

AAMW Domestic Violence Workshop

On Saturday, December 7th, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the African American Men of Westchester's Annual Domestic Violence workshop in White Plains. The Seminar brought about 75 young men from Westchester together to increase awareness about domestic violence, take part in confidence-building exercises and learn how to identify stereotypes of women and men. Senator Stewart-Cousins praised the participants for attending and encouraged them to act as ambassadors to their friends in order to help end the cycle of domestic violence.

December 10, 2013