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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Urges Immediate Action on Tough Ethics Package

Common Sense Reform Legislation Would Limit Use of Campaign Money; Strip Pensions of Any Official Who Violates Public Trust; And Provide Genuine Campaign Finance Reform

Albany, NY – Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, along with her Democratic Conference colleagues, today called on the Senate Majority Coalition to immediately bring legislation to reform state government and combat the ongoing corruption issues facing New York State to the Senate floor. The Senate Democratic legislative package builds on bills introduced during the 2013 session, but were left unaccomplished as Republican/IDC Senators refused to advance them out of committee.

May 7, 2014
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Ethics Reform Package Press Conference

On Tuesday, May 6th, Andrea Stewart-Cousins released a broad sweeping campaign ethics reform package that would clean up Albany. The nine bill package is sponsored by Senators Stewart-Cousins, Gianaris, Breslin, Gipson, Krueger, O’Brien, Rivera, Squadron, and Tkaczyk. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins bill would create a system for public financing of campaigns and increase the requirements of campaign donations disclosures.

May 7, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins at the 59th Annual Founders Day Luncheon with the New Rochelle Club

Father Robert Gahler, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Honoree Beryl Small, and Beverly Nance at the 59th Annual Founders Day Luncheon with the New Rochelle Club.

May 6, 2014
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Satish Joshi's Art Exhibit at Yonkers Arts Weekend

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended local artist Satish Joshi's art exhibit at the Blue Door Art Gallery in downtown Yonkers on Saturday, May 3rd during Yonkers Arts Weekend. The Senator is pictured here with Satish and one of his paintings.

May 6, 2014
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51st Annual Yonkers Enrico Fermi Educational Fund

Senator Stewart-Cousins welcomed attendees at the 51st Annual Yonkers Enrico Fermi Educational Fund breakfast. The breakfast honored 7 high schools students from Yonkers who received scholarships from the Enrico Fermi Fund. Each scholarship recipient received a certificate from the Senator.

May 6, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference To Unveil Comprehensive Ethics Legislative Package

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of ten bills to combat corruption in state government and promote ethical leadership in New York State.

May 5, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Meeting with Westchester Council of the Blind

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins met with representatives of the Westchester Council of the Blind on Monday, May 5th to discuss bills and other issues concerning the visually-impaired constituents of her district and the State as a whole.

May 5, 2014
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White Plains PTA Council Annual Free Book Celebration

To help celebrate children's literacy, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins participated in the White Plains PTA Council Annual Free Book Celebration on Saturday, May 3rd held at the Eastview Middle School by helping give away books to children. Also at the event pitching were Mayor Tom Roach, State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, State Assemblyman David Buchwald, and County Legislator Ben Boykin.

May 5, 2014
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Spend the Day at Your Favorite Park Tomorrow For "Love My Park" Day

This Saturday, May 3rd is 'Love My Park Day’ and all New Yorkers are encouraged to go out, enjoy the spring weather, and volunteer at their favorite park. This year, ‘I Love My Park Day’ is generating record numbers with 83 participating parks and historic sites, 3,000 pre-registered and over 6,000 anticipated volunteers. In addition to a greater number of volunteers and participating parks, this year’s ‘I love My Park Day’ is again partnering with NYS Commission on National & Community Service and has obtained major news media and corporate sponsors.

May 2, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins And Democratic Senators Urge Against Federal Actions That Will Hike Utility Costs For Hudson Valley Consumers

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and members of the Senate Democratic Conference yesterday sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging a reversal of the decision to create a new energy capacity zone for the Lower Hudson River Valley which will cause a dramatic increase in rates for consumers.

May 1, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins "Raise Up NY" Press Conference

On Wednesday, April 30th, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke at the Raise Up NY press conference in support of her bill that would allow municipalities to raise the minimum wage and why this is important for the women of New York State. Organizations including Make the Road New York, the Labor Religion Coalition, and Citizen Action of New York were present and raising their voices for a living wage. Leader Stewart-Cousins described the current regimented increases as inadequate and slow and brought up the troubling statistics which show women to be the majority low-wage earners both in the United States and in New York.

April 30, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Action to Combat the Rising Heroin Crisis

Legislation Would Increase Penalties for the Sale of Opioids; Provide Local Rehabilitation Services; Extend Insurance Coverage; Reduce Overdoses and Teen Heroin Abuse

April 29, 2014
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Greenburgh Nature Center Earth Day and Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins with children at the Greenburgh Nature Center Earth Day and Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony on April 27, 2014. At the event, the Senator to the children about the importance of preserving our natural resources and taking care of the environment around them.

April 29, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference To Unveil Legislative Package To Combat Heroin Epidemic

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of six bills to combat the growing heroin epidemic impacting communities throughout New York State. These six pieces of legislation will  increase penalties for selling opioids that result in death, equip first responders with overdose-stopping drugs, require health insurance providers to cover rehabilitation and anti-addiction medications, create a teen heroin abuse PSA campaign and provide opioid rehabilitation services in communities.

April 28, 2014
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April 22nd is Earth Day!

April 22nd is Earth Day and all New Yorkers are encouraged to help ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy clean air and fresh water and New York’s natural beauty. Protecting the environment goes hand-in-hand with protecting the residents of New York and serving the needs of the next generation. By working together to ‘Go Green,’ we can protect our neighborhoods and communities, as well as create jobs and stimulate economic development opportunities in green technology.

April 19, 2014
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Press Release: Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Passing Of Basil Paterson

“It is with deep sadness that I extend my condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of Basil Paterson. Basil was a trailblazer, serving as New York’s first African-American Secretary of State, and his strength and leadership was essential in the fight to make New York into a better and more equal state. He was a bold public figure who inspired a generation to follow in his footsteps, most notably our former Senate Democratic leader, and the 55th governor of New York State, Basil’s son David A. Paterson. Basil will be sorely missed but his legacy will live on and continue to make New York a better state for our children and their children.”

April 17, 2014
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In the News: Women Leaders Pen Letter to Cuomo, Ask Him to Support Local Wage Standards (Source: Legislative Gazette)

In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature, 130 of the state's most powerful women urged the passage of #RaiseUpNY, legislation that would allow cities and counties to raise wages above the state's minimum of $8 an hour.

The #RaiseUpNY bill (S.6516/A.9036) is a plan to allow individual cities and counties within the state to set their own minimum wage, based on factors such as cost of living. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has criticized the plan saying it would create a chaotic situation throughout the state by pitting cities and counties against each other.

April 15, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Speaking at the NFTA Press Conference

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins visited Senator Kennedy in Buffalo on Sunday, April 12th to experience the challenges and opportunities facing Buffalo and Western New York. During her visit, Senator Kennedy highlighted the exciting progress happening throughout the area, especially along the waterfront and at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and detailed the challenges that remain ahead. One of those challenges is ensuring the NFTA receives increased support from the state, so that region’s resurgence is not slowed down by a struggling transit system.

April 14, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with Senator Kennedy at the Colored Musician Club of Buffalo

Over the weekend as part of the tour to get to know Buffalo, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins stopped by 145 Broadway, the home of the Colored Musician Club of Buffalo, frequented by jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald during their time, and the longest operating African-American Musicians Club in the nation which still runs the best live jazz music in town.

April 14, 2014
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Wishing You A Sweet Passover

On Thursday, April 10th, Senator Stewart-Cousins got a quick tour of the Shmura Matzah Bakery in Brooklyn, NY.

"Tonight, Jewish families around New York will gather together at the Seder table to recount the liberation of earlier generations, while ushering in the renewal of Spring and recommitting themselves to lift up the hungriest in our community. I want to extend my best wishes to all who observe Passover for a Zissen Pesach -- a Sweet Passover -- filled with the warmth of family and friends joining together in celebration of freedom's enduring promise."

April 14, 2014
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