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Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July is a time to celebrate with friends and family. But its also a time to reflect on our history and the principles upon which our nation was founded.

Equality, freedom, independence and democracy were declared in America on this day and we continue to strive for these ideals. Though the road has been hard, we are proud of the significant progress we have made throughout our history.

So as you enjoy BBQ's, parades and celebrations with loved ones on this gorgeous summer day, please remember how important these ideals are to our nation and do what you can to strive for them

July 4, 2013
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Tarrytown Gets Grant for Train Station (Source: Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch)

Source: Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch

The Village of Tarrytown will be reimbursed $250,000 for building 167 parking spaces at the Tarrytown train station in 2011.

The funding comes from unused multi modal transportation funds that were awarded to the Village in 1999 for a separate project. New York State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins asked for authorization to use the funds after recognizing the need for further parking at the Tarrytown train station.

July 1, 2013
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Land Acquired to Decrease Danger at Greenburgh Intersection (Source: Daily Voice)

Source: Daily Voice

Last week, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed bills authorizing Westchester County to transfer approximately six-tenths of an acre of parkland on the north border of Sprain Ridge Park to the town of Greenburgh for the purpose of making needed safety improvements to the section of Jackson Avenue from the Park entrance to the intersection with North Sprain Road.

June 27, 2013
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Safety Improvements to Jackson Ave.

Leader Stewart-Cousins announced the passage of a legislation today which would allow a much needed safety improvement to Jackson Ave. in Greenburgh to move forward, "I was pleased to sponsor this bill and ensure its passage in the New York State Senate. With over 80 accidents and two deaths reported at Jackson Ave. and North Sprain Road in the last three years, it is clear that something must be done to protect residents and motorist. This is not just a matter of improving Jackson Ave., it is a matter of public safety and I was happy to play a role in moving the project forward.

June 26, 2013
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Protect Yourself and Loved Ones from the Heat!

New Yorkers are advised today to take safety measures as weather temperatures continue to rise throughout New York State. While the current wave of excessively hot humid weather persists, all New Yorkers are urged to be aware of its dangers and take appropriate precautions. Checking in on elderly neighbors and others who are more vulnerable to the dangers of extreme temperatures could save lives.

June 25, 2013
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding the Voting Down of Choice Amendment

"No one would believe that in 2013 there were not enough Senators willing to vote to protect the health and equality of women.

In 1970, when choice was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. In our state, women’s health has never been a Republican or Democratic issue. I find it shocking that 43 years later not one Senate Republican stood up for women’s equality."

Click here to view the official press release.

June 21, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins on The Brian Lehrer Show (Source: WNYC)

Source: WNYC

Leader Stewart-Cousins was on The Brian Lehrer Show this morning to discuss what still needed to be done before the end of session, including the gambling expansion plan, ethics and campaign finance reform, and the women's equality agenda.

Click here to listen to the show.

June 21, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Secures $250,000 Grant for Parking Spaces at Tarrytown Train Station

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins secured a $250,000 grant for the Village of Tarrytown this week to support a parking lot project near the Tarrytown train station.

The grant will reimburse the village for 167 parking spaces built in 2011 on the west side of the tracks near the station.

The grant came from unused transportation funds, known as multi modal funds, awarded to the Village of Tarrytown in 1999 for a separate project.

June 20, 2013
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Legislation Restoring Cuts to People with Developmental Disabilities Passes State Senate

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced passage of legislation in the Senate today to restore funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Under the legislation, people with developmental disabilities and their families will continue to receive services which had been threatened by a $90 million cut to the OPWDD in the 2013-2014 State budget. The cut in State funds would have resulted in an additional loss of federal matching funds, translating to a maximum loss of $180 million to service providers.

June 19, 2013
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Women’s Equality Agenda Being Separated

"Nothing has changed. The women of New York deserve a vote on all 10 points of the Women’s Equality Agenda."

Click here to view the official press release.

June 19, 2013
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Ray Rice Day 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins stopped by Joseph Fosina Field in New Rochelle, NY to watch more than 700 kids participate in Ray Rice Day, a half-day football camp orchestrated by Superbowl Champion Baltimore Ravens Runningback Ray Rice to give children ages 7-13 the opportunity to practice and play like the pros.

June 18, 2013
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Pot Arrests in NY Vary By Race (Source: Democrat & Chronicle)

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

Albany, NY - Black New Yorkers are nearly five times more likely to be arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges than whites, and the disparity is much wider in the state’s most populous counties, a report Thursday found.

June 17, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Bringing the Women's Equality Agenda to the Floor

“The Senate Democratic Conference stands with Governor Cuomo in calling for all 10 points of the Women’s Equality Agenda to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Women’s health and equality should not be a Republican or Democratic issue. The women of New York deserve a vote on the entire Women’s Equality Act and deserve to know where their elected officials stand on these important issues.”

Click here to view the official press release.

June 17, 2013
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White Plains Celebrates Freedom with Juneteenth Gala and Festival (Source: The Examiner News)

Source: The Examiner News

The White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee had the opportunity this year to share the cultural significance of Juneteenth with the larger community. Under the notable leadership of Chairman Bernie Thombs, The White Plains First Annual Juneteenth Awards Gala and 9th Annual Heritage Festival allowed the whole community to come together and celebrate. Juneteenth’s theme this year was “Drums of Freedom”- Always Faithful, and both events were characterized by the Afrocentric elements of the drums and the collective spirit.

June 17, 2013
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Rally Against 'Legalized Bribery' (Source: Legislative Gazette)

Source: Legislative Gazette

Dozens of protesters donned dollar bill costumes and took to the Capitol lawn last Wednesday in the hope of getting the Fair Elections Act (S.4705-a) to the floor of the Senate before the end of the session.

The protest was comprised of several different groups including the Fair Elections for New York campaign, the anti-corruption group Represent. Us and Stamp Stampede, an organization that stamps anti-bribery messages onto dollar bills.

June 17, 2013
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Comptroller DiNapoli Concedes These Are Tough Times for Local Governments and School Districts (Source: Scarsdale10583.com)

Source: Scarsdale10583.com

Meanwhile, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins just announced the passage of a bill in the state senate requiring the state to pay for unfunded mandates.

The bill requires the state to fund any mandated program imposed on local governments and school districts and would protect local municipalities from bearing the cost of programs created and/ or originated by the State, allowing local officials to set their own priorities without the possibility of future unfunded mandated programs disrupting their budgets.

June 17, 2013
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Happy Father's Day!

On Father's Day, we recognize the special influence our Dads and father figures have on our growth and lives. A heartfelt thank you to the Dads and father figures who stand by us through thick and thin and whose unconditional love is felt every day. Happy Father's Day!

June 16, 2013
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Closed Sentencing Loophole for Repeat Sexual Abusers

A bill designed to close a loophole in the sentencing law for persistent sexual abusers has passed the senate. Sexual abuse is a serious crime that deserves serious consequences. When persistent sexual abusers fall through criminal loopholes it puts all New Yorkers at risk for harm and this bill was created to prevent that.

June 15, 2013
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Straightforward Tax Relief Applications for Senior Citizens

A simplified application process for senior citizens seeking the enhanced school tax relief exemption has been announced. Many of New York’s senior citizens live on a fixed-income and rely on their tax exempt status to afford their cost of living. Under current law, senior citizens applying for tax exemption status must complete the full STAR form every year, a long and complicated process, even if their eligibility information remains the same as in the previous year. Senate Bill S.2937 will require the tax commissioner to

June 15, 2013
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28th Annual Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival

Leader Stewart-Cousins with constituents celebrating Ukrainian heritage with "food, fun, thrills and performers" at the 28th Annual Yonkers Ukrainian Festival on June 14th on N Broadway & Shonnard Pl in Yonkers, NY.

June 15, 2013
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