(Albany - February 26th) Though a New York fan, Leader Stewart-Cousins met Red Sox pitching great Pedro Martinez at the Capitol, as he makes his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Martinez, who was born in the Dominican Republican, has played for five major league teams including the New York Mets. The Senator joined with her colleagues, Senators Adriano Espaillat and Jose Peralta, in recognizing his on and off the field achievements with a resolution in his honor.
(Yonkers - February 24th) Senator Stewart-Cousins went back into the classroom at Lincoln High School in Yonkers to speak to students during Black History Month. Shediscussed the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education, that ended racial segregation in schools. She also discussed the federal court ruling that required Yonkers to integrate its housing and schools. And the importance of participating in democracy, including exercising the right to vote. The Senator thanks Ms. Myers and Principal Sherman for the opportunity, and to the students for their participation.
(February 21st - Greenburgh) Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized the extraordinary life and accomplishments of civil rights pioneer, the 100 year old Dr. Olivia Hooker of Greenburgh. A survivor of the 1921 race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she would decades later fight for reparations for the destruction of what was referred to as Black Wall Street. She is the first African-American female to serve in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. She became a psychologist at a time when few women of color did. The Senator proudly gave her a copy of the Senate resolution in her honor that she introduced.
(Albany - February 14th) Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblymember Gary Pretlow, congratulated the award recipients during the NYS Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus Weekend: Gail Wright Sirman (right center) who received the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Dr. Olivia Hooker, the Honorable Delores Scott Brathwaite (center) who received The Joseph L. Galiber Award, and Dennis Hanratty (left center) who received Housing and Economic Development Award.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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."
(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.
(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.
"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."
(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 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.
(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.
(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!
(Yonkers - December 28th) Senator Stewart-Cousins honoring the 80th anniversary of the Yonkers Jewish War Veterans Post #68 with a Senate Proclamation. Pictured with the Senator are Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, Senator George Latimer, Elliott Palais, Stan Bernstein and Yonkers City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino.\
(Irvington - December 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrating Hanukkah in Irvington by lighting the menorah outside the fire house with some little helpers on Sunday. Organizers put together family fun & activities including music and entertainment.
(Yonkers - December 17th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined her colleagues in government and members of the Jewish Community at Yonkers City Hall to light the menorah in celebration of Hanukkah. Rabbi Rigoberto Vinas of the Lincoln Jewish Park Center led the ceremony with Cantor Michael Kasper and cantorial students from the Academy for Jewish Religion as well as members of the Yonkers High School Woodwind Band who also performed.
(Yonkers - December 15th) The round was broken for a new affordable housing project at 188 Warburton Avenue. The $27 million project with 51 units will replace two buildings at the aging Cottage Gardens Complex next door. State, federal and local financing will make it all possible. The Community Builders, Inc, one of the nation's leading nonprofit real estate developers and owners will build it with the Muncipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers. As someone who grew up in public housing, I have a true appreciation for affordable housing projects like this that will make a real difference in so many lives, by providing a clean, safe and secure home. I support state financing options that turn affordable housing plans into reality.