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Westchester County African-American Heritage Celebration

In celebration of Juneteenth, a national event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the Westchester County African-American Heritage Celebration which was held at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla on Sunday, June 22nd. The Westchester County African-American Heritage Celebration is organized and operated by various community leaders and organizations of African-American decent and origin to showcase the many talents and accomplishments of African-Americans in the Westchester

June 23, 2014
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Andalusia School 8th & 12th Grade Graduation Ceremony

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended the Andalusia School 8th & 12th Grade Graduation Ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, June 22nd to remind the students about the importance of education and how far they all have come. Located in Yonkers, the mission of the Adalusia School is "to nurture confident and committed Muslim youth who will draw upon the Qur’an and Sunnah to achieve moral, spiritual, and material excellence in all fields of endeavor". Also at the graduation was Assemblymember Shelly Mayer.

June 23, 2014
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St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation Block Party

Senator Stewart-Cousins kicked off the summer with residents of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center and their families at the first annual St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation Block Party on Saturday, June 21st. The free event filled with games, food, arts and crafts, live music, a petting zoo, and raffles, was an opportunity for friends and neighbors of the community to learn more about the Foundation as well as meet the residents of the Pediatric Center.

June 22, 2014
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In the News: Red-light Cameras Win Approval in Rochester, Westchester (Source: Poughkeepsie Journal)

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

Yonkers and Rochester on Friday had their red-light camera pilot programs extended for five years, and Mount Vernon and New Rochelle will be able to add them.

The approvals from the state Legislature came in the final hours of the legislative session, which ended Friday evening. The bills will now head to Cuomo's desk for approval.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said her city wanted the bill extended.

June 22, 2014
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference Leader, Announces Senate Approval for New York State Medical Marijuana Program

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced passage of legislation to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State.

Prior to voting for the bill, Senator Stewart-Cousins said, “I hope that everyone who has taken the time, pushed this rock up the hill, understands that we could never have done it without you. Our hats off, much gratitude. Let’s get this done.”

The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.

June 20, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Remarks on Compassionate Care Act

On the last day of Session, Democratic Conference Leader explaining her support of the medical marijuana bill, also known as the Compassionate Care Act, telling a story of a long-time friend whose husband had to go to California to receive relief for his illness.. and how this shouldn't have had to happen.

June 20, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement Regarding Juneteenth, Commemorating the End of Slavery

Today is June 19th, and on this Juneteenth, celebrated as Black Independence Day by African-Americans, I pause to commemorate the end of slavery. In 1862, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation but it took close to three more years before all slaves were freed.

June 20, 2014
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Yonkers MHA and Pelton Athletic Club's Father's Day Celebration

Senator Stewart-Cousins spent some time with constituents at the Father's Day Celebration with Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority and the Pelton Athletic Club which was held at Pelton Park in Yonkers, an event to encourage young fathers to take an active part in their children's lives.

June 19, 2014
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Supports Legislation to Combat the Rising Heroin and Opioid Abuse Crisis

Albany, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, supports an agreement by Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on a package of reforms to combat the growing heroin epidemic facing communities throughout New York State.​​

“Within the last decade opioid use, particularly among young adults, has risen at an alarming and unacceptable rate,” Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “We have a responsibility to combat this addictive and deadly substance and educate the public against its use. This package of bills is a step in the right direction. These laws will be an effective tool in fighting the heroin and opioid scourge that our state is facing. "

June 19, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on the Heroin Bills Package

“Within the last decade opioid use, particularly among young adults, has risen at an alarming and unacceptable rate,” Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “We have a responsibility to combat this addictive and deadly substance and educate the public against its use. Today's announcement is a step in the right direction and these laws will be an effective tool in fighting the heroin and opioid scourge that our state is facing. "

June 18, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Meeting with New York Rangers' Martin St. Louis, Dominic Moore, Derek Stepan & GM Glen Sather

Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins took a moment to meet New York Rangers' Martin St. Louis, Dominic Moore, Derek Stepan & GM Glen Sather on Tuesday, June 18th. The Rangers were at the Capitol being recognized with a resolution in the Assembly for their near-victory at the Stanley Cup this year.

June 17, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Paying Tribute to the Life of Ruby Lee

Leader Stewart-Cousins took a moment during Session on Tuesday, June 17th to pay tribute to the legendary actress, civil rights activist, and New Rochelle resident, Ruby Lee, recognizing her efforts and her service to the community, nationally and locally.

June 17, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on Capital Tonight

Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Capital Tonight this evening airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

WHAT: Interview on Capital Tonight

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Monday, June 16, 2014, airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.

June 16, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Pledging Once Again to #WaitToText

After trying out the "Texting & Driving" simulator located at the LOB which shows just how dangerous texting and driving is on the morning of June 16th, Senator Stewart-Cousins pledged once again that she will #WaitToText and urges all New Yorkers to do the same. Click here for more information about New York State's mobile phone and portable electronic device laws.

June 16, 2014
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Press Release: Statement on the Death of Oscar-Nominated Actress & Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee of New Rochelle

“Oscar-nominated actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee paved the way for many of us by setting a wonderful example of strength and courage. She made her mark on history, from Broadway to Hollywood, fighting for racial equality in the arts after standing with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

June 12, 2014
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Important Bills Passed This Week: Improve Violent Crime Reporting on Campuses, Combat Animal Cruelty, and More!

Stop Sex Offenders From Residing Near Those They Targeted: New York law lacks any provision to maintain distance between survivors of sex crimes and the sex offenders who attack them.

June 12, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Funding Increase to Support Special Education Providers

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced along with Governor Andrew Cuomo that special education providers in the 35th State Senate District are among those statewide who will be getting a 3.8% increase in reimbursement rates. These schools, a majority of which are located within Westchester County, serve the diverse and complex needs of students outside of the traditional school settings. These students need assistance due to emotional or physical disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, or trauma, or because of their involvement with the juvenile justice, social service or child welfare system.

June 10, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins and the NY Women's Equality Coalition Push for Women's Equality Act

With less than two weeks of session left, the New York Women's Equality Coalition was joined by Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in front of the Senate Chamber as session was happening on Tuesaday, June 10th, to urge her Senate colleagues to bring the Women's Equality Act to the floor for a vote.

June 10, 2014
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Friends of the Scarsdale Parks Annual Spring Festival & Heritage Tree Project

A known fighter for the environment, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Village of Scarsdale Mayor Steves and friends at the Friends of the Scarsdale Parks Annual Spring Festival and Heritage Tree Project on Sunday, June 8th to recognize the environmental benefits and beauty of parks around Scarsdale, as well as inform residents how native trees and shrubs can be incorporated in their own yards and gardens.

June 10, 2014
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Scarsdale-Edgemont Girl Scouts Gold Award Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the Scarsdale-Edgemont Girl Scouts Gold Award Ceremony on Sunday, June 8th to recognize girls receiving the Girl Scouts Gold Award. These awards are given to girls who "live the Girl Scout Promise & Law in their daily life by identifiying issues they care about and making a lasting positive impact in the communities". This year's recipient included Angela Coco, Julia Cotter, Shannon Cover, Gabriella Salvatore, Kalila Sharpio, Madeline Ware, and Dana Wohlfarth, all pictured with the Senator.

June 10, 2014
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