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Greyston's Oak Street Garden

Fresh fruits and vegetables coming soon from Greyston's Oak Street garden in Yonkers Nodine Hill neighborhood. The formerly vacant lot is being turned into a resource.Greyston is a nonprofit community development agency that has served southwest Yonkers since 1982. It currently operates six community gardens throughout the city, each of which has been created in partnership with the City of Yonkers and serves dozens of families throughout the year.

August 14, 2014
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Heritage Homes Phase II Groundbreaking Ceremony in New Rochelle

Democratic Conference Leader and State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins helped break ground today on phase II of Heritage Homes in New Rochelle. These new buildings will replace the aging and outdated Hartley Houses. Phase II has 56 units. Funding assistance comes from the state's Department of Homes and Community Renewal for this unique public/private partnership between the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority and MacQuesten Development.

August 13, 2014
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Hastings Flea Market

Senator Stewart-Cousins at the Hastings Flea Market on Sunday afternoon, August 10th, showing support to local artisans and vendors of the lower Hudson Valley. The Hastings Flea Market was established in 2013 "to bring together the best handmade jewelry and unique crafts, along with vintage and antique home goods and furniture as a way to showcase Hastings' own incredible talent and taste alongside fellow Hudson Valley artists and curators". For more information, visit www.HastingsFlea.com.

August 11, 2014
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Press Release: New Fraud Protections for Immigrants in NYS Announced by Dems Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins

Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law that provides enhanced fraud protections for those seeking immigrant services. The measure also establishes the New York State Office for New Americans (NYSONA) as a permanent executive office of State government. The Office for New Americans is the first state-level immigrant office created by statute in the country. The legislation passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support.

August 8, 2014
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In the News: Solar Capacity in New York Grew 30% (Source: The Lansing Star Online)

Source: The Lansing Star Online

Environment New York Research & Policy Center released a new report: "Lighting the Way” Tuesday showing strong solar growth across the nation including a 30% increase in New York State in 2013. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

August 8, 2014
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National Night Out

National Night Out is a national movement that began in 1984 as part of "an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back ". Every year, Senator Stewart-Cousins participates in National Night Out to encourage police-community partnerships throughout her district. This year, she was at the at the 3rd Precinct in Yonkers and at the Public Safety Highway in White Plains where she met with constituents and the media and spoke of the importance of neighborhood camaraderie.

August 6, 2014
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Environment NY "Top 10 States For Solar Power" News Conference

Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Environment New York at a news conference in Yonkers, regarding the release of their report on the top 10 states for solar power. While our state is not in the top ten yet, Senator Stewart-Cousins says its on the way, with innovative programs and government comittment to provide the resources necessary so that more people turn to the sun as an energy alternative. 

August 5, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins Visits Poughkeepsie for the 3rd Annual Breaking Barriers Cultural Arts Expo

Democratic Conference Leader Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Senator Terry Gipson on Saturday, August 2nd, for the 3rd Annual Breaking Barriers Cultural Arts Expo in Poughkeepsie. The mission of Breaking Barriers is to bridge the gap between cultures and diverse orientations in the community.

August 5, 2014
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Press Release: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Opposes United Water New Rochelle's Proposed Water Rate Increase

Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins,  has written to the New York State Public Service Commission in opposition to the proposed United Water New Rochelle rate increase in advance of a public hearing on the matter to be held tomorrow evening.

August 4, 2014
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Westchester County Indian Heritage Celebration

The Westchester County Heritage Celebration continued on Sunday, August 3rd, this time celebrating the Indian heritage where Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke about her appreciation for the culture and presented a proclamation. 

August 4, 2014
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JCY-Westchester Community Partners Summer Reading Buddies

On Tuesday, July 29th, Senator Stewart-Cousins participated in the JCY-Westchester Community Partners Summer Reading Buddies Program by volunteering to read one-on-one with a 2nd grader at the Yonkers Library. The Summer Reading Buddies Program, which continues to grow every year, meets twice a week for six weeks in the Yonkers Riverfront Library and once a week at the Mount Vernon Public Library. Children work with our volunteers on their assigned summer reading projects while their parents attend workshops on life skills offered through partner organizations.

July 31, 2014
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Afya Annual Volunteer Award Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins took time on Wednesday, July 30th, to attend the Afya Annual Volunteer Award Ceremony and recognize the hard work of the individuals helping people in developing countries in Africa and the Caribbean.

July 31, 2014
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Westchester County Italian Heritage Celebration

During the summer, Westchester County hosts various cultural heritage celebrations at parks throughout the county to give residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the different foods, music, and traditions that each culture bring to Westchester. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined in on the celebration of the Italian heritage on Sunday, July 27th which was held at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, NY, spending time getting to know her constituents including members of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America, pictured here with the Senator. 

July 29, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins' Statement on Eid Celebration to Mark End of Ramadan

Special greetings to my Muslim constituents on Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking.) Your holiday with family and friends follows the holy month of Ramadan and includes charitable giving in recognition of your blessings. May your three day celebration be a joyous one. Eid Mubarak ! (Blessed Eid !) Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair ! (May every year find you in good health.)

July 25, 2014
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Yonkers Library Lofts Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon cutting at the Library Lofts in downtown Yonkers took place on Wednesday, July 23rd. The former library building has been transformed into 23 rental apartments and a retail store. The city got a $3.5 million RestoreNY grant plus several million dollars to also reveal the Saw Mill River covered over by pavement just behind the building. This is a public-private partnership involving Fidelco Realty Group, Empire State Development and the City of Yonkers, and is located in her district.

July 24, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:06 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:06 AM

July 23, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Announces Approval of State Grant for Kawasaki Rail Car Toward Purchase of Manufacturing Site, Keeping the Company and 375 Jobs in Yonkers

Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, was joined by Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams, and the President of Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., Hiroki Iwasaki, to announce final approval of a $500,000 state grant to keep the company and 375 employees in Yonkers.

July 22, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Receives the "Most Coordinated Boat" Award at the Adirondack Challenge

Leader Stewart-Cousins accepting the "Most Coordinated Boat" award from Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday, July 20th following the Adirondack Challenge, with Senator Gianaris and Senate Democratic Conference staffers. As she accepted the award, the Leader said, "We are all ambassadors for Upstate." The Adirondack Challenge highlights the summer tourism opportunities in the region, including outdoor activities such as rafting and fly fishing. The event, held in Indian Lake this year, attracted elected officials, tourism industry leaders and summer enthusiasts to Upstate New York.

July 22, 2014
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Celebrate Greenburgh!

Senator Stewart-Cousins with constituents and other elected officials celebrating the Town of Greenburgh on Saturday, July 19th.

July 20, 2014
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Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act Press Conference

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on July 17th in White Plains to announce that they would propose legislation that would protect New York women in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby which limits the scope of contraceptive mandate and results in the loss of insurance coverage for prescription contraceptive for many women. The Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act would require employers both to give current employees 90 days’ notice before changing contraceptive coverage and to notify prospective employees of any contraceptive coverage they offer their employees.  

July 19, 2014
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