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State Leaders Hopeful For Campaign Finance Reform Deal (Source: NY1.com)

Source: NY1.com

Supporters of publicly financed campaigns filed into the State Capitol Wednesday to lobby for their cause. At times, their arguments were wonky, Other times, less so, such as when some shouted, "Money out, voters in!"

"I'm hoping this is not one of them," said state Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. "We all understand the importance of getting people back involved in the process."

June 3, 2013
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June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Caribbean-American Heritage is part of the story of America. In the month of June, let's take the opportunity to celebrate and learn about the contributions that Caribbean-Americans have made to our country and state, and enjoy the variety of culture, music, literature and food of the Caribbean.

June 1, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Speaking at the Elmsford Memorial Day Ceremony

Leader Stewart-Cousins spent her morning at Elmsford's 83rd Annual Memorial Day Parade & Service, speaking at the ceremony to honor the courage and sacrifice of the brave men and women who died fighting for the great nation we live in.

May 30, 2013
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Honoring the Fallen Men & Women this Memorial Day

Today we honor the courage and sacrifice of those men and women who have fallen in defense of our nation. It is our solemn responsibility to make sure their memories endure and to cherish the freedoms they fought so hard to preserve.

May 27, 2013
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Greenburgh Resident John Stroud Turns 100!

Leader Stewart-Cousins wished Greenburgh resident John Stroud a Happy 100th Birthday in Elmsford, NY on May 26th.

May 26, 2013
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Westchester Salutes a County Leader (Source: Caribbean Life News)

Source: Caribbean Life News

As part of the annual Black History & Heritage Month celebration, Westchester legislators on Monday, March 11, saluted New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. The County Board of Legislators (BOL) honored State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins for her many achievements in elective office and beyond and her recent election as Democratic Conference Leader -- the first woman in New York State history to hold this important political position.

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May 24, 2013
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Child Care Council of Westchester Awarded 2013 Joey Awards & Champion of Child Care Awards (Source: Larchmont Patch)

Source: Larchmont Patch

On Friday, May 17, 2013, the Child Care Council of Westchester held its annual awards event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains to recognize exceptional individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the child care industry in Westchester County. Over 250 people attended the Awards Breakfast. Recognizing those community individuals who have significantly supported early care and education in Westchester, the Council presented its 2013 CHAMPIONS OF CHILD CARE AWARDS to NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, The Editorial Board of The Journal News and The Dannon Company.

May 24, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Reading "The Giving Tree" at Yonker's Leake & Watts

On Friday, May 24th, Leader Stewart-Cousins took some time from her busy schedule to read "The Giving Tree" to 4-5 year old children at Leake & Watts in Yonkers, NY. Leake & Watts is a not-for-profit agency "committed to addressing a myriad of challenges that confront individuals and families dealing with poverty, disabilities, and a lack of access to education and basic services".

May 24, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins on Up Close with Diana Williams (Source: WABC)

Source: WABC

Leader Stewart-Cousins appeared on Up Close with Diana Williams on Sunday, May 19th to discuss Governor Cuomo's 10-Point Plan for Women's Equality and sexual harassment in the workplace.

May 23, 2013
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Fracking Moratorium Vote Urged (Source: Times Union)

Source: Times Union

State Senate Democrats and opponents of the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking called on the chamber's Majority Coalition to take up a bill that would ban its use through May 15, 2015.

"New Yorkers deserve a vote on this issue, because it is an issue that will impact each and every one of us," said Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at a Wednesday news conference.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tony Avella, passed the Assembly in early March and is currently before the Senate's Environmental Conservation Committee.

May 23, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins and Democratic Conference Call for Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her colleagues in the Democratic Conference today called for action to enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and require a comprehensive health impact study. The moratorium will provide experts more time to assess concerns about the potential impacts hydrofracking will have on New York’s environment and economy.

May 22, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Welcoming NARAL Pro-Choice NY at Annual Lobby Day

Leader Stewart-Cousins welcomed NARAL Pro-Choice NY at their Annual Lobby Day on Tuesday, May 21st at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.

May 22, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with Dr. Elliott Palais, 2013 NYS Senate Veteran Hall of Famer

Leader Stewart-Cousins handed a Certificate of Recognition to Dr. Elliott Palais whom she inducted as New York State Senate 2013 Veteran Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 21st in Albany, NY. Dr. Palais is a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He is currently the Secretary for the Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans Organization. 

May 22, 2013
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Assembly to Pass Bill Giving Tuition Aid to Immigrants (Source: LoHud.com)

Source: LoHud.com

Albany, NY - The State Assembly proposed legislation Tuesday that would allow undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for higher education, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans signaled that the legislation does not have a bright future.

Under the state-level DREAM Act, immigrants who are not citizens would have access to the state Tuition Assistance Program and other aid. The bill would also create a private scholarship fund for immigrants. The Democratic-led Assembly was set to pass the bill late Tuesday.

May 22, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Inducts Dr. Elliott Palais into 2013 New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Albany, NY - Dr. Elliott Palais of Yonkers was inducted into the New York State Senate Hall of Fame today at a ceremony in Albany. Dr. Palais was nominated by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. He is a veteran of the United State Army and served during the Korean War. He is currently the Secretary for the Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans Organizations.

The New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame is an annual award bestowed upon one veteran from each Senator’s district. The award recognizes outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.

May 22, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Assembly’s Passage of the NYS Dream Act

“I congratulate the Assembly for passing the comprehensive New York State Dream Act. It is now time for the Senate to follow their lead and pass this bill immediately.

“New York’s immigrant population has always been critical to our social, economic, and cultural fabric. Students of good character who, through no fault of their own have resided here for years, deserve an opportunity to achieve and contribute to the American dream. To cut their educational opportunities off deprives us all.”

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May 21, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding the Murder Of Mark Carson

 “As community leaders, legislators and civil rights advocates gather and prepare to stand together and march against hate, I wish to express my outrage at the brutal murder of Mark Carson. No one should feel threatened or live in fear because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. The Senate Democratic Conference will continue to advance progressive legislation to ensure all New Yorkers are provided equal protection and dignity under the law.”

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May 20, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Presenting Certificate of Merit Award to Selected Kahlil Gibran School Students

Leader Stewart-Cousins presented the Certificate of Merit Award to a selected group of students at the Kahlil Gibran School in Yonkers, NY for their job well done this school semester.

May 20, 2013
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Dominick DeGorge of Dobbs Ferry Turns 99!

Leader Stewart-Cousins sings "Happy Birthday" to Dominick DeGorge on his 99th Birthday at the Dobbs Ferry Annual Senior Citizen Week.

May 20, 2013
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UFT Annual Spring Education Conference 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins participated in a discussion panel at United Federation of Teacher's Annual Spring Education Conference on Saturday, May 11th in Midtown Manhattan.  Also in attendance were City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, current City Comptroller John Liu, former City Councilman Sal Albanese, and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion who spoke about their education policies at the event, and special guest Henry Winkler.

May 11, 2013
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