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April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and all New Yorkers are encouraged to participate through awareness and advocacy. Sexual violence continues to threaten New Yorkers’ physical and emotional wellbeing, and can be very difficult to move on from, and information readily available can make the difference between discouragement and empowerment, and change feelings of oppression into strength.

March 28, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Transparency in Legislative Proceedings, Athletic Staff Mandated Reporters of Abuse, and More!

Increase Transparancy in Legislative Proceedings: Senate Bill S.3046-C would mandate that all committee meetings and Senate sessions be live   webcast and archived, and that all votes of the legislative houses be posted on their respective websites within 24 hours of voting.

March 28, 2014
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In the News: Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Yonkers City Council and Education Committee (Source: Yonkers Tribune)

Yonkers, NY - “There have been serious lapses of fiscal transparency and accountability within the City of Yonkers school system which must be remedied and reformed. As a representative of the City of Yonkers, I reiterate my call to give the community, parents and stakeholders an opportunity to be part of the process and discussion.

March 27, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honors Joshua Colas, Youngest African American Chess Master in History

Albany, NY - On Tuesday, March 25th, the New York State Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to honor White Plains resident, Joshua Colas. Mr. Colas, who was in the Senate Chamber with his father Guy Colas as the resolution passed, earned the title of Chess Master in December 2010, becoming the youngest African American Chess Master in history at the age of eleven.

March 26, 2014
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In the News: Stewart-Cousins, Breslin and Tkaczyk Push For School Funding (Source: Times Union)

As Legislative leaders met again with Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning to resolve the details of next year’s state budget, those not in the room continue to make their fervent wishes known.

To that end, state Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, sens. Neil Breslin and Cecilia Tkaczyk and a five other Democrats have written to leadership and Gov. Cuomo urging them to include more funding for education in the final pact — especially for struggling upstate rural and small city school districts.

March 26, 2014
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Recognizes Joshua Colas, Youngest African-American Chess Master in History

Once the resolution was read aloud, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins stood and spoke on Joshua Colas' accomplishments. The Senator listed his many awards in chess including his six national championships and his status a the top chess player in New York City as well as New York State. Senator Stewart-Cousins stated, "He inspires other youth... He is here because we're proud of him, because he is a role model." The Senator also discussed Colas' dream to attend MIT and the Senator hopes this resolution will help this dream come true. Senator Stewart-Cousins concluded, "We can't wait to see his next move."

March 25, 2014
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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. Click here to listen LIVE! 

WHAT: Interview on The Brian Lehrer Show 

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25th 2014 at 10:30 AM

March 25, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Capital Tonight this evening airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT: Interview on Capital Tonight

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, March 24, 2014 airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM

March 24, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on the Capitol Pressroom

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on the Capitol Pressroom today at 11:06 AM.

WHAT: Interview on the Capitol Pressroom

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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March 24, 2014
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In the News: Campaign Finance Reform Benefits Women (Source: LoHud.com)

New York state is on the cusp of making history — and that's a good thing for women.

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo included a proposal for the public financing of state elections in his budget. The plan creates a system where public funds match citizens' small campaign contributions to reduce the influence of big money in politics.

March 24, 2014
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In the News: Senate Dems To Cuomo: Dream Act Will Pass If It’s In The Budget (Source: NY State of Politics)

The Dream Act will be approved if it is folded into the 2014-15 state budget, Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Queens Democrat Jose Peralta wrote in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The letter send on Thursday comes several days after the Senate voted down the measure by two votes, 30-29.

Click here to read the full article.

March 21, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honors The Marching Cobras

Albany, NY - On Tuesday March 18, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) sponsored a resolution adopted by the Senate honoring the accomplishments of the Marching COBRAS of New York. Thirteen members of the band – mostly from the Yonkers School District or St. Christopher’s School in Dobbs Ferry – and three coaches travelled to Albany to be recognized as the Senate passed the resolution.

March 19, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizing the Marching Cobras For Their Outstanding Performance During Super Bowl Week 2014

Senator Stewart-Cousins proudly recognized the Marching Cobras with a resolution for their accomplishments, most recently performing during the Super Bowl Week on February this year among college bands. The Marching Cobras is a community-based program that encourages children and young adults to express and develop themselves through music.

March 18, 2014
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NYLCVEF “Building Blocks for an Energy Efficient Home" at the Westchester Home Show

Senator Stewart-Cousins took the time from her busy Saturday schedule to stop by the Westchester Home Show on March 15th in White Plains, NY. Pictured with her are presenters of NYLCVEF “Building Blocks for an Energy Efficient Home" discusson forum.

March 17, 2014
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Housing Action Council Fair and Affordable Housing Expo

Senator Stewart-Cousins met with local constituents interested in finding out more information about affordable housing at the Housing Action Council Fair and Affordable Housing Expo on Saturday, March 15th in White Plains, NY. At the event, Senator took the opportunity to discuss and answer questions about affordable housing as it relates to the 2014-15 Executive Budget.

March 17, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Budget Resolution

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaking on the Budget Resolution late Thursday/early Friday morning upon being submitted and passed by the Majority Coalition.

March 14, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Higher Safety Standards For Baby Cribs, Grants For Volunteer & Fire Ambulance Co., and More!

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.

March 13, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Celebrating Greenburgh Commissioner Bill Carter's 60th Birthday

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.

March 13, 2014
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Statement from Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding the Launch of Hope's Door Next Step Economic Empowerment Program

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.

March 13, 2014
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Press Release: Statement From Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding DBE Participation on the New NY Bridge

"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).

March 12, 2014
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