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Tarrytown YMCA's Healthy Kids Day

(Tarrytown - April 25th) The Tarrytown YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day as part of YMCA's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children during the summer months. The annual event features fun activities for the whole family, informational booths about fitness and healthy living, as well as live music by local kids bands. A member of one of the bands, Second Son (pictured above with the Senator), met the Senator a few years back when he was just starting to learn how to play the trumpet. He was playing in public for donation, and the Senator witnessed kids poking fun of the amateur way he sounded, so she approached him, put $5 in a hat, and encouraged him to keep playing.

April 28, 2015
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March of Dimes Walk For Babies 75th Year Celebration

(White Plains - April 26th) Stepping off at the March of Dimes Walk for Babies in White Plains, Senator Stewart-Cousins and her grandson Kyle joined hundreds of others including White Plains Mayor Tom Roach for the annual event. The March of Dimes is celebrating 75 years of research, breakthroughs and vaccines. Still, nearly half a billion babies are born too soon each year. The event raises money for the organization's efforts to prevent premature births.

April 27, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Calls For Passage Of Critical Ethics Reform To Close The “LLC Loophole”

Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron will Today Force a Committee Vote to Close the LLC Loophole and Reform How Campaigns are Funded

 Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today called on the Senate Republicans in the Elections Committee to pass legislation that will close the LLC loophole and help clean up Albany. Due to Republican refusal to even consider this critical legislation, Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron filed a motion for committee consideration to simply have this ethics reform initiative discussed by the Senate Elections Committee. Today’s vote on the legislation in the Senate Elections Committee follows decisions in recent weeks by Republicans in both the State Legislature and the Board of Elections to keep the loophole open.

April 27, 2015
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Stimulating Energy Conservation, Expanding Green Geothermal Energy Use, The CARE Act

Stimulating Energy Conservation: Energy Star appliances are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide significant energy conservation as compared to other models in their product categories. Many energy providers and agencies already offer discounts or rebates on services for purchasing or using Energy Star equipment to encourage consumers and businesses to reduce their energy usage and carbon footprints. Senate Bill S1804 exempts Energy Star appliances from state sales and compensating use taxes and offer local governments the option to offer additional exemptions. By making upgrades more affordable it would encourage replacement of less efficient models with Energy Star certified products.

April 27, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Renews Push To Close The LLC Loophole

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce a renewed effort to close the LLC Loophole.

April 27, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on New Teacher Evaluation System

“Rushing to implement a new teacher evaluation system would be misguided. We’ve been down this road before and we’ve seen where faulty and fast implementation of poorly conceived education changes leads. Demonizing teachers, over-testing students and rushing major reforms will not improve our education system, it will only cause more problems. Delaying the implementation of this new teacher evaluation system is the minimum step that should be taken.”

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April 23, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Office of Special Investigation

“By voting down legislation to create the Office of Special Investigation, the Senate Republicans demonstrated that they do not believe reforms are needed to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of age, race or gender, are treated with respect and equality. The fight to reform the state criminal justice system is not over, and we will continue our efforts to ensure every New Yorker feels safe, secure and protected.”

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April 22, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Travel to Cuba as Part of State Delegation to Consider Trade Options

Yonkers, NY - On Monday, April 20th, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, at the invitation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, will be a member of the New York State delegation traveling to Cuba to consider trade options. The trip was made possible in the wake of President Obama’s initiative to chart a new course of diplomatic relations with the island nation located 90 miles from U.S. shores. 

April 20, 2015
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League of Women Voters of Westchester's Running and Winning Workshop

(White Plains - April 16th) Senator Stewart-Cousins had an opportunity to speak to the next generation of political leaders at the League of Women Voters of Westchester's Running and Winning Workshop in White Plains. The program is for young women, juniors and seniors, who are chosen to participate because of their interest in pursuing public service as a career. Co-sponsors of the event were the Association of American University Women and the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester. The Senator ran into White Plains City Councilwoman Nadine Hunt-Robinson, who is currently in her first term in office.

April 16, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Closing LLC Loophole

“It’s seems everyday a new Albany scandal rocks New Yorkers’ confidence in our state government. The Senate Democratic Conference has outlined a series of common sense measures, including closing the LLC loophole, that will restore the people’s faith in state government by cleaning up Albany.  I am disappointed that efforts to close the LLC loophole continue to be blocked  and I hope with the remaining time left in session we can finally close this glaring loophole and pass real ethics reforms."

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April 16, 2015
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Health Coverage Special Enrollment Deadline is April 30th

The federal government has allowed a special enrollment period for New Yorkers that paid a tax penalty last year for not having health insurance and still lack coverage this year, or have had a qualifying life event such as marriage, becoming a citizen or loss of job.

April 13, 2015
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Volunteer New York! First Annual Fatherhood Conference

(White Plains - April 7th) New York's first Fathering Conference was held in White Plains on April 7th. Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call to Men, was the keynote speaker. Frank Williams of the White Plains Youth Bureau was the master of ceremonies and Bob Stien helped coordinate the event at the County Center. Some 300 participants spent time in various workshops and the Senator had the opportunity to address the group before a roundtable discussion on education.

April 8, 2015
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White Plains High School Tour

(White Plains - April 7th) Senator Stewart-Cousins toured White Plains High School with School Superintendent Timothy Connors, Principal Ellen Doherty and White Plains Teacher's Association President Kerry Broderick, a biology teacher here. She had a chance to see a science lab, an art class and digital art display, and a workout room with donated equipment. An impressive school with 2,100 students!

April 7, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget

Yonkers, NY - New York State’s new fiscal year began April 1st with the 2015-2016 State budget in place. The $142 billion spending plan increases state spending by 2% over last year and includes $23.5 billion in education aid--an increase of $1.3 billion. The state also continues to make strides in reducing the Gap Elimination Adjustment. There are new initiatives, including $1.6 billion to provide basic health coverage for low-income New Yorkers, and important funding (detailed below) that will have a positive impact on constituents and municipalities in the 35th District.

April 7, 2015
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Happy Easter!

"Spring is a time of new beginnings, and so is Easter as Christian families gather in fellowship and celebration. Good Friday is a solemn day of sacrifice, and Easter a joyful day of new life and vitality. May you have a blessed and happy Easter filled with joy and peace."

April 3, 2015
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Happy Passover!

?As we approach, Passover I would like to wish all who will be observing this holiday a Chag Pesach Sameach. Passover celebrates the exodus of millions of people from slavery to freedom teaching us to better appreciate the things we may take for granted and to recommit ourselves to aiding those that are less fortunate. Wishing you joy and many blessings at Pesach and throughout the year!"

April 3, 2015
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Yonkers Riverfront Library Women's History Month Event "She Did and So Can You!"

(Yonkers - March 14th) March is Women's History Month. A great way to spend it? Inspriring the next generation to be leaders! On March 14th the Senator, along with Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, spoke at the Yonkers Riverfront Library Women's History Month Event "She Did and So Can You! " The Girl Scouts and others joined the celebration of women leaders.

March 30, 2015
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New Rochelle YMCA's Lifesaver Campaign Fundraiser

(New Rochelle - March 26th) The New Rochelle YMCA's Lifesaver campaign continues as they seek to raise funds to make necessary repairs to the facility's pool. You can learn more about the campaign by clicking here. Pictured with YMCA Executive Director Julie Gallanty, Bob Marrone of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and morning personality on WVOX-AM, and other supporters.

March 30, 2015
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Westchester National Association of Social Workers Annual Awards Dinner

(New Rochelle - March 26th) The Senator at the Westchester Division of the National Association of Social Workers Annual Awards Dinner, honoring Polly Kerrigan, LCSW; Patricia Lemp, LCSW; Bob Schavrien, LCSW; Damon K. Jones; Social Work Services at Woodside School, Peekskill CSD; and Mariam Elraza.

March 28, 2015
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State Senate 2014 Veteran's Hall of Fame Bill Moye Turns 100!

(New Rochelle - March 26th) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the 100th birthday of Bill Moye of New Rochelle. He's a World War II veteran that the Senator inducted into the State Senate's Veteran's Hall of Fame in 2014. The New Rochelle Housing Authority held a celebration.

March 27, 2015
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