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Volunteer New York's 65th Anniversary Celebration

(White Plains - February 11th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke about the importance of community service and giving back at the press conference celebrating Volunteer New York!'s 65th Anniversary. The press conference featured a symbolic phone which represents the first call made by Mrs. Jane Schwartz who founded the organization when she realized there was no resource to connect individuals with volunteer opportunities. Since then, Volunteer! New York has grown to serve Westchester County, Rockland County, and Putnam County, and continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community.

February 11, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizing Black History Month

(Albany - February 10th) Noting the strides made by African-Americans in our nation, our state and even in positions of leadership in the New York State Legislature, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Minority Leader, spoke on the Senate Resolution designating February as Black History Month. “With this resolution, I wanted to make sure we understood there are leaders that change our lives. Obviously, nationally noted, and then right in our communities; even right here in our legislature.”

February 11, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Introduces the “Clean Up Albany” Legislative Package

Includes Legislation that Restricts Outside Income, Closes LLC Loophole, Ends State Reimbursements for Legal Defense and Strips Pensions from Corrupt Officials

February 9, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference to Announce Major Ethics Plan and a Cap On Outside Income

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will announce a major ethics reforms legislative package on Monday, February 9, at 12:00 PM.   

WHO: Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference

WHEN: Monday, February 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM

WHERE: Senate Democratic Conference Room, Room 315 Capitol, Albany 

February 9, 2015
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Fatal Train Collision in Valhalla

"This was a horrific tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and those that have been injured. There will be a full investigation into this heartbreaking incident and over the next few days we will find out exactly what happened. Now is the time for all us to support those so deeply affected by this tragedy."

February 4, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remembering Former Governor M. Cuomo

(Albany - February 2nd) “I didn’t have the privilege of serving with Governor Mario Cuomo, but I had the privilege of knowing him outside of the formal atmosphere of governor.” This was a snippet of the heartwarming reflection given by Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins about Governor Mario Cuomo. The Senator addressed the Senate to pay homage to the late governor. The decision to honor his life and legacy came unanimously supported through a resolution which Senator Stewart-Cousins co-sponsored. She spoke on the ways in which he created opportunity for individuals who typically would not. She recollected that he was so successful as a leader because he understood what it was like to be that person on the outside, on the inside.

February 3, 2015
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Statement from Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Governor Cuomo's Ethics Reforms Initiatives

"The Senate Democrats have been advocates for cleaning up Albany and restoring the public’s trust in our state government. I am pleased that Governor Cuomo is taking the ethics reforms initiatives we have championed for and will now ensure that the Senate Republicans finally have to address these common sense measures."

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February 2, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces New Fraud Protections for Immigrants in New York State

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Minority Leader, announced today that enhanced fraud protections for immigrants seeking assistance in New York State became law February 2, 2015.

“New York has a proud history of welcoming immigrants and embracing the contributions they make to our communities,” Senator Stewart-Cousins said. “However, there are also some unscrupulous people offering services to help them adjust to life in New York who take their money and provide little to no assistance. My office has worked with constituents who have had this happen to them. This new law ensures there are protections in place for the often vulnerable newcomers to our country and our state.”

February 2, 2015
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Comunicado de Prensa: La Senadora Stewart-Cousins Anuncia Nuevas Protecciones de Fraude Para Inmigrantes en el Estado de Nueva York

Yonkers, NY - La senadora estatal Andrea Stewart-Cousins, líder de la minoría, ha anunciado que mayores protecciones de fraude para los inmigrantes que buscan asistencia en el estado de Nueva York se convirtieron en ley hoy, 2 de febrero de 2015.

February 2, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces New Fraud Protections for Immigrants in New York State

Yonkers, NY -  State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Minority Leader, announced today that enhanced fraud protections for immigrants seeking assistance in New York State became law February 2, 2015. 

February 2, 2015
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HSS Shivaji Shakha 24-Hour Surya Namaskar "Sun Salutation" Yogathon

(White Plains - January 31st) Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the conclusion of a Yogathon which took place at the YWCA Dance Studio Hall in White Plains. This special event was hosted for the community by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Westchester Chapter as part of the nationwide effort to create awareness about yoga and its advantages.

February 1, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Urges Citizens to Be Prepared for Emergencies & Natural Disasters

(Dobbs Ferry - January 30th) Did you know that New York State, in collaboration with the National Guard, is helping train citizens to be ready when disaster strikes? At the Citizen's Preparedness session in Dobbs Ferry, Senator Stewart-Cousins encouraged her constituents to have a preparedness kit in hand at all times, a backpack which holds your most essential survival items you can quickly grab at a time of an emergency, and to sign up for NY-Alert to receive critical emergency-related information.

January 30, 2015
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"She's Beautiful When She's Angry" Documentary Screening

(Irvington - January 29th) Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the screening of the documentary film "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" on January 29th. Directed by Mary Dore who discussed the lengthy project that chronicles the start of the women's movement in this country, the documentary interviews 38 female pioneers in the fight for gender equality including Muriel Fox, who co-founded the National Organization for Women and is a Westchester resident. As the saying goes, "We've come a long way, baby, yet the fight for reproductive health rights and equal pay continues today, including here in New York."

January 29, 2015
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Statement from Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Her Support for Teachers

"There has been too much demonizing of our teachers lately. As a former teacher, I understand firsthand the obstacles that​ many​ New York educators are facing and the resources they so desperately need in order to help our children. ​Schools’ resources ​must be based on ​the school district​ needs​. While we all agree that there are more improvements to be made to our education system, scapegoating teachers will not provide those improvements."

Background: Earlier today Senate Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins was on 'The Morning Show w. Bob Marrone!' on WFAS. During the interview she discussed her views on the need to support teachers and increase state spending for education.

January 29, 2015
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Family Planning Advocates Rally

(Albany - January 26th) Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins has dedicated her career to promote the health of women and their families and to secure access to confidential, quality reproductive health care for all New Yorkers. Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a news conference in support of Family Planning Advocates who continue to fight to ensure that women’s health, safety and equality be protected by state law. In line with her dedication to progressive, common sense approaches to ensuring that safe reproductive health care is always available to the women of New York, the Leader eloquently described how far we have come since the 42nd anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

January 26, 2015
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2015 Winter Storm Tips

Our area is currently under a Blizzard Warning, with weather forecasters including the National Weather Service predicting an historic storm beginning at 1 pm today and continuing into Tuesday morning. We could see snow accumulate between 18 and 24 inches, with higher amounts possible. The snow may fall at rates of 2 to 4 inches an hour late tonight into Tuesday morning. 

Please keep yourself and your family safe and protected during this blizzard. Governor Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for all New York counties south of Sullivan, which includes Westchester, and has said the New York State Thruway and other state-controlled highways may close at 10 p.m. Mass transit will be impacted. Metro-North and the LIRR will shut down at 11:00 PM Monday night.

File: 
ASC Storm Winter Tips.pdf

January 26, 2015
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In the News: Leader Stewart-Cousins SOTS Reaction (Source: State of Politics)

Source: State of Politics

Governor Cuomo’s State of the State and Executive Budget proposals did not get much attention Thursday in the wake of the Sheldon Silver arrest. But the governor’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda did introduce a lot of new proposals that need discussing. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins joined us to discuss Cuomo’s proposals and did weigh in on the charges against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Click here to view the video.

January 23, 2015
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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

(35th Senate District - January 19th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spent the day remembering the life and contributions of our nation's most beloved civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her first stop was the annual MLK Day Breakast in Yonkers at the Nepperhan Community Center, followed by a stop at the James Harmon Community Center in Hastings where she participated in the singing of "We Shall Overcome," and later, at Tarrytown at the Foster Memorial AME Zion Church MLK Day Celebration.

January 22, 2015
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Statement from Senator Stewart-Cousins on Tappan Zee Bridge Tolls & Infrastructure Investment

"The new Tappan Zee Bridge is the most ambitious and largest infrastructure investment project in the United States, and, once completed, it will have a positive impact for our community and all of New York State. As this project has progressed, I have consistently called for steps to be taken to ensure the tolls remain as low as possible, as higher tolls would have a negative impact on our local community and the entire state economy. I commend Governor Cuomo for his commitment to invest a portion of bank settlement funds into infrastructure projects like this one, located within my district in Tarrytown, to ease the burden on taxpayers and commuters, and allow New York and its residents to continue on a path toward prosperity."

January 21, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:06 AM.

WHAT: Interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 11:06 AM.

January 14, 2015
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