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NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Encouraged by Potential 9/11 Health Settlement; Urges Workers to Weight in as Judge Holds Hearings

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), the Senate sponsor of “Jimmy Nolan’s Law”, which allowed 9/11 workers a one year extension to file injury claims, announced today that she was encouraged that New York City is finally taking steps to resolve the claims of thousands of workers who have sustained long term health problems as a result of their work at the World Trade Center site.  Senator Stewart-Cousins also commends federal judge Alvin Hellerstein for holding hearings so that injur

March 18, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Library Grant Awards; three libraries in the 35th Senate District to receive over $160,000

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), Chair of the Local Government Committee, announced today that Ardsley Public Library, Mount Pleasant Public Library, and Warner Library have been awarded construction funding for a variety of much needed renovations.

The grant funds were provided by the New York State Legislature in the 2009-2010 State budget and will help local libraries and library systems to build new libraries, create additions, update technology, meet energy efficient standards, and improve handicap accessibility.

March 18, 2010
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS’ LEGISLATION APPROVED BY SENATE; Information Technology Procurement Savings Act Passes with Unanimous Bipartisan Support

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District), Chair of the Local Government Committee announced the unanimous passage of her legislation, Senate bill 5600-B, by the full Senate. The measure is designed to provide local governments and school districts with greater contract flexibility in purchasing information technology and telecommunications equipment and services.

March 5, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Amanda’s Law in Effect; Bill Honors Teen Who Died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; Requires the Installation of Detectors

 

(35th District, NY) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced Amanda’s Law, protecting families from carbon monoxide poisoning, was put into effect today. Carbon monoxide poison, which is responsible 500 deaths each year, is often referred to as “the silent killer” because it is both invisible and odorless. The bill was named in remembrance of Amanda Hanson, a 16-year-old who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while sleeping over at a friend’s house.

 

February 22, 2010
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The "Just About Me" Program Kick Off Event

 

(Yonkers- NY) On Thursday, February 18th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, in partnership with the Municipal Housing Authority of Yonkers, held a kick off event for “Just About Me” (J.A.M.), a program created to address the unique issues facing young women in the municipal housing community.

 

February 22, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Holds Workshop on Home Energy Savings

On Thursday, February 18th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins sponsored a workshop that was hosted by the Downstate North Energy $mart Communities on ways homeowners are able to save money on heating and electric bills. The two-hour workshop, conducted in the Greenburgh Town Hall, was designed to provide homeowners of every income level with specific information on the financial incentives available for improving the energy efficiency of a home.

February 22, 2010
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LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS APPROVED BY SENATE; Measure Allows Not-For-Profits to Make Purchases Through County Contracts

      State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that her legislation, Senate bill 5601, was approved by the Senate.  The bill amends the general municipal law to allow not-for-profits, that provide services for their respective county to make purchases for goods and services through existing county contracts.

February 11, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Speaks to the Westchester County YMCA Youth and Government Group in Preparation for a Statewide Competition

(Yonkers, NY)- On Wednesday, February 3rd New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke to the Westchester County YMCA Youth and Government Group as they prepare for a statewide conference they will be attending next month. Comprised of students from Pleasantville High School and the Yonkers YMCA, the Westchester County Youth and Government Group meets twice a month at Mercy College to learn public speaking skills, civics and legislative drafting.

February 5, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Holds Medicare Enrollment Awareness Event; Helps seniors maximize coverage and reduce costs

(Yonkers, NY) - Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Medicare Rights Center held a “Medicare Enrollment Awareness” event at the YWCA in Yonkers. The current enrollment period will last through the end of March. During this time, older adults are able to change their plan to maximize their coverage and reduce their deductibles or other costs.

February 1, 2010
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SENATE ACTS TO PROTECT NURSES FROM VIOLENCE; Legislation Raises Assault Penalty to Class C or D

           State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that the Senate approved legislation strengthening the penalties for individuals who injure or attempt to injure nurses while on duty.  The bill renders penalty for assault on registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) a class C or D felony.

January 26, 2010
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR NON PROFITS; Federal Transit Administration Grant Program Application and Workshops Available

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has released the Section 5310 Grant Program application and workshop schedule. Section 5310 Program assists for not-for-profit organizations in the purchase of vehicles to meet the transportation needs of elderly individuals and persons with disabilities.

January 20, 2010
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Senator Stewart-Couisins: Progress But More to Do

Talking without notes as she moved along the front of the stage, Senator Stewart-Cousins compared human rights today with where it stood when she was young. She said that in the 1960s it was impossible for an African-American to become a delegate to either the Republican or Democratic convention. “Today, we have a president who is an African-American. How quickly things can change when minds change.”

January 15, 2010
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NYS Conference of Black Senators offer their support and prayers to the families and friends affected by this terrible natural disaster in Haiti

Members of the NYS Conference of Black Senators sent messages of prayers and support today, to families and friends that have been affected by the tragic earthquake that took place south of Port-Au Prince, Haiti yesterday.

January 15, 2010
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: LANDMARK SENATE FORECLOSURE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW; New Law Protects Homeowners, Prevents Similar Crises From Happening In The Future

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th Senate District) joined Governor Paterson today for a bill signing ceremony enacting landmark Senate legislation which protects homeowners from the ongoing foreclosure crisis, Senate bill 66007. 

December 22, 2009
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SENATE FIGHTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUNK DRIVERS; Passes bipartisan legislation increasing penalties for DWI with child passenger

(Albany, NY) Today, the Senate passed landmark legislation drastically increasing the penalty for any person who drives intoxicated with a child passenger. Two recent fatal incidents involving intoxicated drivers with child passengers have highlighted the need for stronger measures to prevent or punish persons who drive intoxicated with children as passengers.  The legislation, sponsored by Senators Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and cosponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A.

November 18, 2009
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins: Westchester County Department of Social Services to Receive over $400,000 in Green Jobs Program Funding; Grant to be Used to Provide "Green" Industry Job Skills Training

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announcedtoday that the Westchester County Department of Social Services was awarded$475,100 under the “Green Jobs/Green New York program.  The grant will beadministered through the New York State Office of Temporary DisabilityAssistance (OTDA).

October 15, 2009
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SENATE APPROVES SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS’ ELECTION REFORM BILL -- Measure to Ensure Every Vote Gets Counted

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announcedtoday that her legislation, Senate bill 2443-B, was unanimously approved bythe Senate during yesterday’s Special Senate Session.  The bill, requirespolling places to have on hand the information necessary to direct votersto their proper voting places.

September 11, 2009
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SENATOR STEWART-COUSINS and ASSEMBLYMAN SPANO SPONSOR ANNUAL SENIOR HEALTH FAIR

             Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/ WF, 35th District) and Assemblyman Mike Spano (D-C-WF, Yonkers)  hosted their annual Senior Health Fair at Coyne Park Senior Center on Thursday, October 22.  Yonkers senior citizens who attended the event were met by several medical providers with important information and services as well as influenza and pneumonia shots administered by the Westchester County Department of Health.

September 11, 2009
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SENATOR STEWART-COUSINS: YONKERS WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT TO GET “GREEN” MAKEOVER

              State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that Westchester County will receive federal stimulus funding in the amount of $234,000 earmarked for the installation of energy efficient components at the Yonkers waste water treatment facility.

September 11, 2009
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Senator Stewart-Cousins: Governor signs “Jimmy Nolan’s Law” 9/11 workers to get the benefits they deserve

            Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF-Westchester) announced that Governor Paterson signed “Jimmy Nolan’s Law”, extending the time that 9/11 workers can file compensation claims for injuries suffered from participating in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery or cleanup operations.

July 22, 2009
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