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September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

As a New Yorker, I still feel the sadness, the grief, the tragedy of September 11th. We pause to reflect and remember our loved ones who we lost that day, thirteen years ago. They were our friends, our family members, our neighbors, our co-workers, our first-responders including EMTs, firefighters, and police officers.

In the days that followed, a new resolve began. People came together, to help each other in our greatest time of need. Today, that resolve has become a National Day of Service. I applaud those who are volunteering their time this September 11th, for this Day of Service strengthens individuals, communities and our nation.

September 12, 2014
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St. John's Riverside Hospital Green Roof Press Conference

Senator Stewart-Cousins got to see the green results - the new green roof on St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers on Wednesday, September 10th. 24,000 square feet or 70% of the asphalt roof was removed and replaced with green, grassy plants. The plants capture and recycle the rainwater, removing it from the stormwater runoff that would end up in the Hudson River below. And the green roof also helps the hospital improve its energy-efficiency in terms of heating and cooling needs. A nearly million dollar state grant, through the Regional Economic Development Council and the State's Environmental Facilities Corporation, made the project possible.

September 10, 2014
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Pierson Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Tuesday, September 9th, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Mayor Drew Fixell, Village Administrator Michael Blau, and other elected officials and friends at a ribbon cutting ceremony which celebrated the opening of the redesigned and revitalized Pierson Park and Andre Brook in the Village of Tarrytown. Since the revilatization project began in 2008, the Senator was a strong supporter of the Village's efforts to create an oasis and recreation spot along the Hudson River which was made possible by a total of $3.2 million in grants from various agencies including the Department of State ($2.37 million).

September 10, 2014
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Preventing Falls Among Seniors: Tips & Techniques for Keeping Elder New Yorkers Strong on Their Feet

One in three adults over 65 will suffer a serious fall this year.

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Preventing Falls Among Seniors: Tips & Techniques for Keeping Elder New Yorkers Strong on Their Feet

September 17, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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ArtsWestchester Jazzfest 2014

A big fan of jazz music, Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the annual Jazzfest on Sunday, September 7th in White Plains, to greet constituents and see some of her favorite local musicians play. Hosted by ArtsWestchester, Jazzfest is "a six-day celebration of jazz in downtown White Plains, culminating in an outdoor jazz concert with delicious food from area restaurants". For more information about Jazzfest, please visit www.ArtsWestchester.org

September 8, 2014
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New Rochelle Street Fair

Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the annual New Rochelle Street Fair & Music Festival on Sunday, September 7th, which featured over 100 vendors, a classic car show, music at the Memorial Plaza, rides, games, crafts, facepainting and more! Also at the Fair were Councilman Jared Rice, New Rochelle Public Library Director Thomas Geoffino, Councilman Ivar Hyden, and Mayor Noam Bramson, pictured here with the Senator. While at the Fair, the Senator was interviewed by WFAS Radio's Bob Marrone, and caught up with Sam the Newspaper Man.

September 8, 2014
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Happy Grandparents Day!

Today is Grandparents Day, and I’d like to recognize the important role these relatives play in our lives. They are often our first storytellers, teaching us about our family and more importantly, about life. And today, many grandparents are also helping to raise their grandchildren because a parent or their own child is unable to.

I voted in favor of a resolution declaring September as Kinship Care Month in New York. More than 150,000 children in our state are living with grandparents, and nationwide, that figure is 2.7 million children. We should recognize and thank these elders for sharing their love and their homes, and forging the special bond of a kin or relative.

September 7, 2014
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New Rochelle YMCA Tour

On Thursday, September 4th, Senator Stewart-Cousins toured the New Rochelle YMCA facility, meeting with some of the Board members to learn more about the programs they offered. Located on 50 Weyman Ave, the New Rochelle YMCA is "an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility". For more information, you can visit their website atwww.NRYMCA.org.

September 5, 2014
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Food Bank for Westchester September's Hunger Action Month

Senator Stewart-Cousins wore orange on Thursday, September 4th, to help the Food Bank For Westchester raise awareness during September's Hunger Action Month. Volunteers joined in at the Elmsford warehouse, raising their arms in the fight to end hunger. They estimate 200,000 people in Westchester are hungry or food-challenged, 66,000 of them are children and 44,000 are seniors. #GoOrangetoEndHunger

September 4, 2014
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#MadeInNY Fashion Week

Supporting #MadeInNY for Fashion Week with New York City's First Lady, Chirlane McCray, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. The idea behind last night's event at Gracie Mansion was to bolster the fashion industry here in NY. NYC Mayor Bill DiBlasio made several announcements designed to help encourage new designers and help provide money for start-up manufacturing of product lines.

September 4, 2014
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NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program

NY RISING COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

Date: September 8, 2014Time: 7:00PM-9:00PMLocation: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Yonkers, NY 10703

September 8, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Statement from Senator Stewart-Cousins on Labor Day

On this Labor Day, let us not forget the roots of this national holiday originally proposed in 1882 by the Central Labor Union of New York as a day to pay tribute to the working class. These men and women over the centuries made important contributions to our great state that should be celebrated. But there is still work to do on behalf of workers. We must continue to fight for a living wage, not the minimum wage of $8 an hour, so we can raise more people out of poverty. And we must make sure the workplace is a safe one, with equal protections and pay.

September 1, 2014
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Women's Equality Day

“This Women’s Equality Day, as we celebrate the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, we must also recommit ourselves to ensuring the women of New York receive the rights and protections they deserve. We have made great strides in achieving equality for women here in New York but the Senate Republicans’ refusal to pass the Women’s Equality Act clearly demonstrates that we still have much more work to do.

“Today should serve as a reminder to all New Yorkers that we have not yet realized the goal of fully protecting women’s rights and health. My Senate Democratic colleagues and I will continue to fight for women's equality.”

August 26, 2014
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Dobbs Ferry National Senior Citizens' Day

Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the Dobbs Ferry Embassy Club to greet seniors as they enjoyed a healthy lunch in celebration of National Senior Citizens' Day on Thursday, August 21st. 

August 21, 2014
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Yonkers African American Heritage Committee Flag Raising Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins proudly celebrating her African American Heritage at the Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, August 15th. In honor of this event, she presented a resolution to the Yonkers African American Heritage Committee, the organization responsible for organizing this annual celebration.

August 17, 2014
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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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