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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

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

"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

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

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

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.

ASC Storm Winter Tips.pdf

January 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Women's Equality Act

"Today’s legislative maneuvering is clearly a political ploy by the Senate Republicans. To once again reject the full Women’s Equality Act is deeply disturbing. Let us remember that the final point is simply codifying current federal law  into New York State law and saying anything to the contrary is a deliberate distraction from their extremist anti-choice views. Women’s health should never be a partisan issue. In 1970, a dozen Senate Republicans joined with their Democratic colleagues to address reproductive rights in New York State. It is troubling that today’s Republican conference has once again proven that they are all against women’s reproductive rights."

January 12, 2015

District Office New Year Open House

(Yonkers - January 10th) Senator Stewart-Cousins hosted an open house to celebrate the New Year and give her constituents the opportunity to learn a little bit more about what her office can do for the people in her district. It was a well-attended event with constituents, friends and colleagues in the government and community organizations from all corners of her district.

January 12, 2015

Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Outlines Legislative Priorities in Her 2015 Legislative Session Opening Remarks

Albany, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins took the oath of office Wednesday with her children by her side, continuing her historic leadership role in New York, as the first female legislative conference leader (elected 2012, re-elected 2014), and the first female State Senate Minority Leader.

In her opening remarks delivered on the Senate floor, Senator Stewart-Cousins thanked her constituents for re-electing her and her Democratic colleagues for their continued support. She pledged to make Albany an example of good government. “We will not allow partisan bickering to obstruct our efforts to serve our constituents and together we will give all New Yorkers the responsible and productive government they deserve.”

January 8, 2015

Leader Stewart-Cousins Opening Remarks at the 2015-2016 Senate Session

Albany, NY - Thank you Mr. President and Thank you to all my colleagues.   

Thank you to the constituents of  my district for re-electing me.  And thank you  to my Conference for once again choosing me as your Leader. I am truly honored and humbled by your support.

January 7, 2015

2015-16 Legislative Session Swearing-In Ceremony

(January 7th - Albany) Senator Stewart-Cousins was joined by her three children, Candice, Steve and Kevin, as New York State's Chief Judge Lippman administered the oath of office to her on the Senate floor. The 2015 legislative session has begun. Here's the link to the Senator's opening remarks.

January 7, 2015

Historic Swearing In of Yonkers first Democratic, African-American City Judge

(Yonkers - January 2nd) Senator Stewart-Cousins was honored to attend the swearing in of Yonkers first Democratic African-American City Judge, the Honorable Evan Inlaw (left). Also pictured, the Hon. Bruce E. Tolbert, (right), was Yonkers first African-American Republican City Judge, and now serves as a State Supreme Court Justice, and Yonkers first African-American City Councilwoman, Symra Brandon, who is currently the Yonkers Democratic City Chairwoman.

January 6, 2015

Elmsford Kwanzaa Celebration

(Elmsford - December 31st) The week long celebration of African culture and traditions known as Kwanzaa ended on New Year's Day. This event was held Tuesday night in Elmsford. Happy Kwanzaa..and Happy New Year!

January 3, 2015

Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Passing of Governor Mario Cuomo

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Governor and his family. Mario Cuomo was a voice for the voiceless and he stood up for those that could not stand up for themselves. He is the ideal that Democrats strive toward. New York and our Country as a whole are better places because of his leadership. He will be truly missed."

January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

"I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy, prosperous and peaceful New Year!

A new year affords us the opportunity to turn the page. In 2015, I begin another term as the proud representative of the 35th District. I thank the voters for their trust and my colleagues as well, for electing me as the Senate Minority Leader - the first woman in state history to hold that position.

Our state faces many challenges and competing interests. I promise to seek common ground and work toward common sense solutions in order to provide the quality government services and protections that all New Yorkers expect and deserve. Let me know if you have ideas.

In the meantime, my warmest wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015

Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Minimum Wage

“Minimum wage earners throughout New York State continue to struggle to make ends meet and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Though our lowest paid workers will get a small wage increase today​ they will not reach a scheduled $9.00​ per hour until New Year’s Day 2016. New York​ could and should do better. The Senate Democratic Conference will continue to fight for a real minimum wage increase.​"


December 31, 2014