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Science Barge Opening Day

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the opening day of the Science Barge in Yonkers, NY. The Science Barge "is a prototype sustainable urban farm developed by NY Sun Works and acquired by Groundwork Hudson Valley in October, 2008 to be operated as an environmental education center. The Science Barge greenhouse, floating on the Hudson River, grows an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, greens, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff".

April 12, 2013
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Harvard-Radcliff Club Speaking Engagement

Leader Stewart-Cousins attended a Harvard-Radcliff Club of Westchester meeting on Saturday, April 13th to speak to students and alumni about the importance of going to college.

April 12, 2013
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Celebration of Pace Community Law Practice with Chief Judge Lippman, Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Buchwald

Chief Judge Lippman, Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman David Buchwald at the celebration of Pace Community Law Practice in White Plains, NY. Pace Community Law Practice (PCLP) is "is a first-of-its-kind legal residency and incubator program where recent Pace Law School graduates serve as Fellows intensively learning legal practice under the supervision of experienced attorneys and gaining the tools to create solo and small practices". Leader Stewart-Cousins was one of the speakers at this event. 

April 11, 2013
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Westchester for Change Campaign Finance Reform Discussion Forum

On Thursday, April 11th, Westchester for Change hosted an open community forum at the Greenburgh Town Hall in White Plains, NY to discuss campaign finance reform in New York State. Forum participants included Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Jessica Wisneski, Campaigns Director of Citizen Action of New York, and Ian Vandewalker, Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law, and was moderated by Elizabeth Saenger, co-organizer of Westchester for Change.

April 11, 2013
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Westchester Jewish Council Legislative Breakfast

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended the Westchester Jewish Council Legislative Breakfast on Friday, April 12th at the Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY which honored former State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (photo). U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was also there as guest speak and talked about Israel, gun control and immigration reform.

April 11, 2013
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Westchester Library System 22nd Annual Book & Author Luncheon

Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended the 22nd Annual Book & Author Luncheon on Wednesday, April 10th in White Plains, NY. At this Luncheon, Lifetime Arts Inc. received the National Library Week Recognition Award for "their outstanding contributions to libraries". Guest authors included Deirdre Blair ("Saul Steinberg"), Marie Howe ("The Kingdom of Ordinary Time") and Dorothy Wickenden ("Nothing Daunted"). 

April 10, 2013
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Regeneron Plans 400 New Jobs in Westchester Expansion (Source: LoHud.com)

Source: LoHud.com

Mt. Pleasant, NY — Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. will expand its corporate headquarters and laboratories in Westchester County and create more than 400 new jobs.

On Thursday, Regeneron announced the expansion, which includes the construction of two buildings with 300,000 square feet of laboratory and office space, plus an expected four-story, 700-car parking garage on the north side of 777 Old Saw Mill River Road at The Landmark at Eastview.

April 9, 2013
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CDC Awards Yonkers YMCA REACH Grant

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a press conference where Yonkers Family YMCA was awarded a $300,000 REACH grant to fund educational programs and seminars that promote fitness and healthy living in the city’s minority neighborhoods as an effort “to improve the health and eliminate disparities related to chronic diseases in African-American and Hispanic communities”. As one of the 15 YMCAs nationwide to receive this grant, Yonkers YMCA plan to implement programs that will help community members achieve a healthy weight, gain access to nutritious foods, become more physically active, become less exposed to smoke and other tobacco products, and live in places that encourage emotional well-being”.

April 5, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Leader Stewart-Cousins with  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a private reception in New York City. At this reception, Secretary Duncan spoke about his race to the top, and the importance of furthering education on both the local and national level.

April 4, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with Congressman Paul Tonko at the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Caucus Dinner

Leader Stewart-Cousins with Congressman Paul Tonko at the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus Gala Dinner on Sunday, February 17th.

April 1, 2013
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Coalition for Community Service Legislative Event

Leader Stewart-Cousins, with Senators Montgomery and Kennedy, speaking at the Coalition for Community Services Legislative Event on Tuesday, March 5th in Albany, NY.

March 31, 2013
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State Budget includes Additional Funding and Relief for City of Yonkers

State Fiscal Plan Will Help City Deal with Financial Woes

Yonkers, NY - Facing a budget deficit of more than $80 million, the City of Yonkers will receive millions in additional aid and grants from the New York State Budget. The State fiscal plan will also provide Yonkers with an option to realize immediate savings from future decreases in pension payments (also known as pension smoothing). This could allow the City and the Yonkers Public Schools to access millions of dollars in the short term to deal with their budget gaps.

March 28, 2013
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Albany, NY - Democratic State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was recognized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of their Women’s History Month celebration. Additional honorees included NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio and former Congresswoman and Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman and attendees were joined by special guest, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

March 27, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Announces Increased Aid for Local Highway Improvements

Municipalities in the 35th Senate District to Receive nearly $1 Million in Additional Aid Over Last Year from State Budget

Albany, NY – Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) announced that the three-way State Budget agreement includes a $939,793.13 increase in Consolidated Highway Improvements Funds (CHIPS) for 11 municipalities in the 35th  Senate District.

March 27, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins on Passage of the 2013-2014 State Budget - March 27, 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins' received loud applause on the Senate floor for her comments on the State Budget. The Leader stated, "[This budget] matters to a lot of people, and we were able to do good things for a lot of people, but there were people who were left behind."

March 27, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins on Minimum Wage and the State Budget

Citing "serious issues", Leader Stewart-Cousins released a statement expressing her disappointment with the minimum wage proposal being put forth in the State budget agreement.

"While increasing the minimum wage to $9.00 is something that the Senate Democrats have long supported, we are disappointed that the current proposal doesn't reach this level for three years, is not indexed to the rate of inflation and does not raise the wages of certain service workers," the Leader commented.

March 26, 2013
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Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Greenburgh Location Opening

Leader Stewart-Cousins at the opening of the Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Greenburgh location on Friday, March 15th. 

 

March 26, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins at the Westchester-Rockland Guardian Associations, Inc. 50th Anniversary Dinner-Dance

Leader Stewart-Cousins with WGA President, Howard Tribble, and Honorees Chairman Ken Jenkins, Commissioner William Carter, and Rev. Dr. Tyrone Robinson at the Westchester-Rockland Guardian Associations, Inc. 50th Anniversary Dinner-Dance on Friday, March 22nd at the GreenTree Country Club in New Rochelle, NY.

March 22, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Statement on Minimum Wage

"As details emerge it is clear that the current minimum wage proposal has some serious issues.While increasing the minimum wage to $9.00 is something that the Senate Democrats have longsupported, we are disappointed that the current proposal doesn't reach this level for three years, isnot indexed to the rate of inflation and does not raise the wages of certain service workers. The Governor and the Assembly all originally proposed acceptable proposals, unfortunately the SenateRepublicans have blocked these efforts. We propose removing this discussion from the budget andwe stand ready to provide 27 votes for raising the minimum wage quicker, with indexing and for alllow wage workers."

March 20, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Honored at NOW-NYS Chapter Women's History Month Celebration

Leader Stewart-Cousins being honored at the National Organization for Women-NYS Chapter Women's History Month Celebration with NOW-NYS President Zenaida Mendez on Sunday, March 17th at Elements Food & Spirits in White Plains, NY.

March 18, 2013
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