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Food Bank For Westchester Food Giveaway

Senator Stewart-Cousins regularly collaborates with the Food Bank For Westchester to make sure that the underprivileged living in her district don't go hungry. On Saturday, February 22nd, Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Ground Works and members of the AME Zion Church, put the Food Bank For Westchester's mobile food pantry to use and gave away food to 100+ needy individuals and families living in Yonkers. 

February 24, 2014
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PEF Region 10 Legislative Reception

Leader Stewart-Cousins welcomed members of PEF Region 10 at their Annual Legislative Reception on February 20th in New York City, and spoke of what she planned to achieve this Legislative Session. 

February 21, 2014
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Yonkers 2014-15 Budget Town Hall Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins with Assemblymember Shelley Mayer hosted a Town Hall Forum on Wednesday, February 19th in Yonkers to provide constituents the opportunity to ask their questions and discuss their concerns relating to the 2014-15 Executive Budget.

February 20, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Presents ‘Corporate Award’ to Shoprite at 2014 Caucus Weekend

Albany, NY - Senator Stewart-Cousins presented Shoprite with the Corporate Award at the 2014 Annual New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend Awards Ceremony in Albany last Saturday. Senator Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader of the State Senate, nominated Shoprite for their years of community work in Yonkers and throughout Westchester. Jerry Galella, manager of the Greenway Shoprite on Riverdale Avenue in Yonkers, accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

February 20, 2014
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"Building A Leadership Pipeline For Women" Discussion Panel

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblywomen Robinson and Titus, hosted a discussion panel during Caucus weekend in Albany about roles of women in society, and how women helping women can make a bigger impact in the workforce. The panel also discussed some of the hardships of being a woman in the professional world and the choices that professional women have to make about family and career. Panel participants included Jackie Williams (State & Broadway), Jennifer Jones Austin (FPWA), Leecia Eve (Verizon), Mylan L. Denerstein (Counsel to the Governor), Carolyn McLaughlin (Albany City Council), and Mecca Santana (Chief Diversity Officer of the State of New York).

February 17, 2014
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Common Core Changes Approved by Regents

In December 2013, a Work Group of the Board of Regents P-12 Committee was charged with reviewing the feedback the Board of Regents and the State Education Department (“Department”) have received from various constituencies and presenting to the Board additional ideas to continue to improve the implementation of the CommonCore State Standards (“Common Core”) at the State and district level for the Board’s consideration. 

February 14, 2014
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Press Release: Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On $8 Billion MRT Waiver

“I want to thank the Governor for pushing hard for this wavier and working with our federal elected officials to come to an agreement with the Federal Government that would allow New York to reinvest $8 billion in savings to help rebuild our health care system. This much needed money will help so many communities across the state, especially Brooklyn, which have been hurt by inadequate health care services. I congratulate the Senate Democratic Conference’s Brooklyn Delegation including the Dean of the Delegation - Senator Montgomery, Senator Dilan, Senator Parker and Senator Squadron, whose relentless fight to save Brooklyn’s hospitals has been bolstered by this good news.”

February 13, 2014
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#RaiseUpNY Launch Press Conference

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke at the launch of #RaiseUpNY on Tuesday, February 11th to show the Democratic Conference's support to give local cities and towns the power to raise the minimum wage.

February 12, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Yonkers Public Budget Forum

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer will be convening a “New York State Budget Town Hall” regarding the 2014-15 New York State Budget. Yonkers residents, community members, representatives of organizations, and elected officials of Yonkers are invited to testify about their concerns and priorities regarding the impact of the Governor’s proposed budget.

When: Wednesday, February 19th, 5:30-7:30 PMWhere: Saint Joseph's Medical Center (Cafeteria), 127 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701

February 19, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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New Law Allow School Districts To Create Property Tax Exemption For Veterans

In June of 2013, Senator Stewart-Cousins proudly voted for legislation that authorizes school districts to grant property tax exemptions to veterans who live within their jurisdictions. The bill passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on December 18th.

February 12, 2014
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In the News: NY Democrats Push for Faster Minimum-Wage Hike (Source: LoHud.com)

Democrats in the state Legislature are hoping to accelerate New York’s scheduled minimum-wage increase, using President Barack Obama’s national push to boost their plan.

“We understand that our business is unfinished and we need to make sure that we accelerate the minimum wage so that it will reflect what New Yorkers want,” Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said at a news conference Tuesday.

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February 11, 2014
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Press Release: Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Tappan Zee Bridge's Mass Transit Task Force's Executive Summary

"Creating more jobs and helping people get to those jobs are two major priorities being addressed by the New NY Bridge Project and the Mass Transit Task Force. By targeting key employment centers like Yonkers, Tarrytown, White Plains, Valhalla and more, the recommendations will help spur smart economic growth and sustainability for the region and assist residents looking to climb the ladder of success."

February 11, 2014
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Let Cities, Counties Supplement State's Minimum Wage (Commentary on Times Union by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Karim Camara)

As a nation, we've long agreed that everyone who's willing to work hard should have a shot at moving up in the world. But as families today know all too well, the middle class feels awfully elusive when you earn $8 an hour.

That's why we're supporting legislation that would allow municipalities in New York to supplement the state's minimum wage to be more in line with regional living costs. We recognize that New York is a diverse state, and a nuanced, local approach makes more sense than a one-size-fits-all policy. After all, a decent wage in Binghamton isn't necessarily the same for Buffalo or Albany County.

February 11, 2014
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February 7th is National Wear Red Day

As part of American Heart Month this February, let's show support for healthy heart awareness by wearing red this Friday, February 7th. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States. It is a preventable disease, and by increasing awareness and availability of quality health care, we can continue to save lives and reduce the cost of essential public healthcare and emergency programs.

February 6, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Black History Month

Senator Stewart-Cousins acknowledged the many accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans in the Senate Chamber for Black History Month.

February 6, 2014
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In the News: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Discusses Minimum Wage (Source: Capital Tonight)

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins appeared on the Capital Tonight to discuss the minimum wage, "hoping to reopen dialogue and get some momentum to raising minimum wage in accelerated phase, indexing it to inflation" for a more sustainable lifestyle for minimum wage workers in New York State.

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February 6, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Action On Minimum Wage

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference on February 4th announced the introduction of three bills relating to the New York State minimum wage. These three pieces of legislation would enable local governments to raise the minimum wage in their localities, expedite the increase of the state’s minimum wage, and end the corporate tax credit for employers who pay workers the minimum wage.

February 4, 2014
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February is Black History Month

This month is a time to remind ourselves of the many accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans and celebrate their history. Black History is American history that touches the life of every American and drives us to recommit ourselves to our shared fight for social and economic justice.

February 4, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Action On Minimum Wage

The Senate Democratic Conference will hold a press conference today, February 4th 2014 at 1:00 PM, to announce the introduction of legislation relating to the New York State minimum wage and call for immediate Senate action.

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

WHEN: Tuesday, February 4th 2014 at 1:00 PM

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

February 4, 2014
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Popeyes/Burger King Restaurant Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Friday, January 31st, a joint Popeyes-Burger King restaurant opened up across from Yonkers City Hall in the heart of downtown Yonkers. The franchise hired a staff of 70+ people and is in a prime location for what was a long-time a defunct eyesore of a closed diner. At this ribbon cutting ceremony, Senator Stewart-Cousins talked about the importance of stimulating the local economy, and how the opening of this restaurant will do just that to the Yonkers community.

February 3, 2014
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