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National Association of University Women 64th Annual Northeast Sectional Conference Awards Banquet

(White Plains - October 18th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the National Association of University Women 64th Annual Northeast Sectional Conference Awards Banquet about her rise to become the first African-American woman to preside over the New York State Senate. The NUAW is a community based women’s organization founded in Washington, DC in 1910. The mission of NAUW is to serve women, youth, and the disadvantaged in our communities and in developing countries by strategically partnering with allied organizations to address educational issues and advance the status of women’s issues. NAUW’s national focus targets: 1) Education, 2) Literacy, 3) Scholarship and 4) National & International Affairs.

October 19, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Tours Expanded Universal Pre-Kindergarten Classes at Sacred Heart School in Yonkers

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, and Assembly Member Shelley Mayer toured expanded pre-kindergarten classrooms at Sacred Heart School in Yonkers today, made possible through the state’s Universal Pre-K Funding Program that they voted for in the 2014 State Budget. Sacred Heart has been able to add 120 pre-kindergarten slots and 100 other seats were added at two other Catholic Schools also located in Yonkers, as part of the $2.2 million state education grant awarded to the Catholic School Region of Central Westchester.

October 16, 2014
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A Great Environmental Score for State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

State Senator Stewart-Cousins received an 88 on the Environmental Scorecard this year, the highest score of any legislative leader in the New York State Senate. Each year, EPL/Environmental Advocates tracks the voting records of state legislators, assigning points to how they vote or take action on specific environmental legislation.

“Protecting the environment and preserving the natural beauty of our state are top priorities of mine,” said Stewart-Cousins. “The people I represent in the 35th State Senate District can rest assured that I am a strong advocate for preserving the Hudson River, and protecting our drinking water and our children from toxic chemicals.”

October 15, 2014
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78th Annual NYS NAACP Conference

(Tarrytown - October 11th) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed the 78th Annual NYS NAACP Conference and spoke of the organization's history of fighting against racial discrimination and for equal rights, a struggle that continues today 50 years after the Civil Rights Act became law in this country. Senator Stewart-Cousins is pictured with New York State Conference NAACP President Hazel Dukes among others.

October 15, 2014
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Sister to Sister International 20th Anniversary Power Luncheon

(Dobbs Ferry - October 11th) Sister to Sister International held their 20th Anniversary Power Luncheon on October 11th at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry. Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblymember Gary Pretlow, attended with proclamations and citations for the honorees: Dionne Polite of AARP,Naomi Johnson of State Farm, and Stacie NC Grant of C & G Enterprises. Congratulations to all the honorees and to Cheryl Brannan, President & STSI Founder.

October 15, 2014
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Westchester County DSS "Heart Gallery" Opening Reception

(White Plains - October 8th) The Heart Gallery opened in White Plains at the public library to promote foster care opportunities in Westchester County. Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Member David Buchwald joined Westchester County Social Services Commissioner Kevin McGuire and Braveheart members including Darryl McDaniels of the rap group Run DMC, who was adopted.

October 10, 2014
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Meet & Greet with Honor Flight Participants

(Valhalla - October 5th) Senator Stewart-Cousins had the privilege to attend a gathering for the Westchester-based World War II veterans taking the Honor flight. Through charitable donations, these veterans were flown to Washington, D.C. to view the World War II Memorial there. Some of those in attendance participated in the Town of Greenburgh's Veteran's Living History Project.

October 8, 2014
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NYSUT’s Retiree Leadership Meeting Dinner Reception

(Albany - October 6th) Senator Stewart-Cousins addressed the New York State United Teachers at their 2014 Retiree Leadership Meeting in Albany, and caught up with Westchester's (from left to right) Alana Cormican, Dolores Thompson and Florence McCue, at-large Director for NYSUT retirees. NYSUT represents 600,000 educators, health care professionals and municipal employees statewide, including 200,000 retirees.

October 8, 2014
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Westchester County Golden Harvest Dance & Talent Show for Seniors

(White Plains - October 1st) Senator Stewart-Cousnis watched senior citizens showcase their many talents during the annual Golden Harvest Dance & Talent Show at the Westchester County Center. The special event which kicked off at 11AM with a talent show followed by a dance was sponsored by Westchester County’s Departments of Parks and Senior Programs and Services and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.

 

October 5, 2014
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Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association

(New Rochelle - October 3rd) Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association Annual Scholarship Dinner which honored Hon. Maria S. Vazquez-Doles, David E. Chong, and Louis Navarro. The Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association is a non-profit organization created to inspire, support, foster, and realize leadership in Westchester law enforcement.

October 5, 2014
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New Rochelle Honorary Renaming of Library Green in Honor of Ruby Dee

(New Rochelle - October 2nd) Senator Stewart-Cousins was in New Rochelle for the dedication of the Ruby Dee Park. The Library Green was renamed for the actress and civil rights activist who called New Rochelle home and raised her family here along with her actor and activist husband, Ossie Davis. Her grandson, Muta'Ali and her daughter Nora Davis Day, were on hand as were so many who wanted to participate in this important event.

October 4, 2014
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Warning About Taxpayer Scams Connected to Rebate Checks

Beware of scam artists seeking personal information to "confirm" taxpayers are eligible for a tax rebate. If you receive a call seeking personal information, hang up and report the call to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection line at 1 (800) 771-7755.

October 1, 2014
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State Supplement Program State Takeover of Administration on October 1, 2014

If you are receiving SSI payments, as of October 1st, you will notice a change. You will be receiving two separate payments although your total monthly benefit amount will not change. 

September 30, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Inside City Hall

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Inside City Hall with Errol Louis tonight airing at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM.

WHAT: Interview on Inside City Hall With Errol Louis

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, September 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

September 30, 2014
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Accepts Award for Protecting the Adirondack Park

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, was recently recognized with an Adirondack Council Award for her record of protecting the Adirondack Park.

Senator Stewart-Cousins is recognized for her co-sponsorship of legislation that incorporates climate change planning into the permitting process for facilities such as sewage treatment plants and similarly considers risks like sea-level rise during the application process for state-funded environmental infrastructure projects such as those made possible by the Environmental Protection Fund.

September 29, 2014
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Walk To End Alzheimer's Disease

(White Plains - September 28th) A great crowd at Sunday's Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease in White Plains, with a group of Muslim women who were participating, and the Senator's friends and partners in government, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Assemblyman David Buchwald. The Alzheimer's Association of the Hudson Valley is the resource for families and caregivers to learn more including these statistics: more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease; every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's and Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

September 29, 2014
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Yonkers Puerto Rican/Hispanic Parade

(Yonkers - September 28th) Senator Stewart-Cousins continued the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by walking the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Parade, and meetnig and greeting her Yonkers constituents from Lincoln Park on South Broadway to Getty Square. This year's theme "Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor"--"United for a Better Future"--showcases the various and significant contributions Puerto Ricans/Hispanics have made locally in the City of Yonkers as well as nationally.

September 29, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Statement on Rosh Hashanah

"I’d like to wish all of my constituents who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah a good year - L'Shanah Tovah u'Metukah! As the High Holy Days approach and we bring in year 5775, may your time be spent reflecting on the past year and may the promise of the year ahead fill you with resolve. As you celebrate this holiday of hope, I sincerely wish you a sweet New Year filled with God’s blessings."

September 24, 2014
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Dobbs Ferry Senior Citizen's Back to School Party

(Dobbs Ferry - September 23rd) The Embassy Community Center located in Dobbs Ferry kicked off the Fall season with a "Back-to-School" Party to introduce seniors to upcoming fall classes and special seminars. Various senior groups including Dr. United, Pace Woman’s Justice, Mercy College, Westchester Jewish Family Service, among others came to the party to share information about what's going on in their organizations this season. The Senator took part in the kickoff by greeting seniors and learned one of her 89 year-old constituents is getting married to a childhood sweetheart.

September 23, 2014
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White Plains Hispanic Day Festival

(White Plains - September 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrating the Hispanic Heritage Month at the White Plains Hispanic Day Festival. Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15th, a time to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions that descendants from Mexico, Spano, the Caribbean, Central and South America have made to our country.The month-long celebration includes the Independence Days for countries including Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Columbus Day or Dia De La Raza, falls on October 12th.

September 23, 2014
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