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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Delivers Keynote Address Encouraging Young Women to Run for Office

Saturday evening, June 5, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins delivered the keynote address at the White House Project’s annual “Go Run” civic and political leadership training for women.The multi-day program sponsored by the White House Project is part of an initiative called, “Vote, Run, Lead,” intended to engage women in the political process as voters, activists and candidates through trainings, inspiration and professional networking.  

June 8, 2010

Legislation Protecting Tenants from Abusive Practices Passes Senate

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that the Senate unanimously approved legislation that will empower renters that have been cheated out of their deposits, by making it easier to take landlords to small claims court. The bill, (S4781A), allows tenants to be heard in court where their apartment is located rather than where the landlord’s business is registered.

June 3, 2010

Veterans Hall of Fame Celebration

On June 1st, NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Eric Adams announced a new and improved NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was joined in Albany by Yonkers resident and a 2010 nominee, Eli Michael Vetrano, who is a United States Army veteran. In the coming weeks, a ceremony will be held to honor all members of the Hall of Fame in the 35th District, recognizing their service in the United States Armed Forces.

June 1, 2010

Pleasantville Special Education PTA Honors Senator With Proclamation

On May 14th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was honored with a proclamation from the Pleasantville Special Education PTA (SEPTA). The Senator was proclaimed an honorary lifetime member for demonstrating, "consistent and compassionate support of the Pleasantville Community, the Pleasantville School District, and the families of the Pleasantville SEPTA"

May 20, 2010

New York Summer Reading Program

As the school year draws to a close, students naturally turn their thoughts to summer vacation and time away from books! It is important, though, to keep school age children in the mindset of learning. For this reason, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins encourages all parents to bring their children to the local public library this summer.

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May 10, 2010

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Discuss Gang And Gun Violence Prevention Efforts in the City of Yonkers

On Sunday, April 25th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Senator Kristen Gillibrand at the Yonkers YMCA to host a productive roundtable discussion with federal, State and County government officials, City Council Members and more than two dozen civic leaders, clergy members, community-based organization leaders, law enforcement officers and health and education professionals, on violent crime prevention through youth development and anti-gang initiatives in the City of Yonkers.

April 29, 2010

Senate Majority Passes "Earth Day 2010" Environmental Agenda

The State Senate Democratic Majority passed their “Earth Day 2010” package which will enhance New York’s stature as a “green” leader in a 21st Century economy, and implement protections to reduce waste and pollution, making New York a healthier and more vibrant state for generations to come.

April 21, 2010

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Works To Cut Government Waste and Inefficiency

(35th District, NYS) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as a member of the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, continues to work with her colleagues to examine spending practices in State agencies. Established in March, the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency was formed to uncover inefficient government spending and develop productive solutions to put taxpayer dollars to better use.

April 6, 2010

Congratulations To The Students of YMCA Youth & Government Group

On Saturday, March 27th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins presented certificates of achievement to participants of the YMCA Youth and Government Group, at a reception held at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Last year, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins secured funding through a legislative grant to create the Youth and Government Group, comprised of students from Pleasantville High School and the Yonkers YMCA.

March 29, 2010

New York State Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Dr. Olivia Hooker

(35th District, NY) - On Wednesday, March 24th, the New York State Senate passed a Legislative Resolution honoring Dr. Olivia Hooker, a psychologist and former college professor at Fordham University who resides in Greenburgh, New York. Dr. Hooker, who became the first black woman to enlist in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, is a survivor of the Tulsa Riot of 1921. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the resolution in recognition of Dr. Hooker’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the advancement of women and civil rights.

March 25, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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


      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

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

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

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