(Elmsford - September 1st) Supporting #FB4W Food Bank for Westchester's "Go Orange" initiative this month to help fight hunger here in our communities. Standing with my partners in government, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, along with Food Bank for Westchester President & CEO Ellen Lynch and other members of the Board of Directors. The Food Bank for Westchester is based in Elmsford, in my Senate District, and provides food assistance throughout the county.
(Greenburgh - August 22nd) On August 22nd, Senator Stewart-Cousins addressed the 28 graduates of the Greenburgh Police Department's Summer Youth Program. She congratulated the teenagers on all they've accomplished during the training session and commended Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney for continuing the tradition - now in its 17th year - of this seven week program. Campers forge new relationships with police officers in the community as they learn more about law enforcement and important life skills including CPR and First Aid. They met physical challenges and gained self-esteem as a result. Two of the camp's former graduates are now police officers in Greenburgh. Congratulations to all!
(Yonkers - August 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins stood with her brothers and sisters in labor, members of#1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East who work at the Michael Malotz Skilled Nursing Facility in Yonkers, to announce a contract deal that keeps these union workers in place at the facility, and allows the sale of the nursing home from St. John's Riverside Hospital to Adira Rehabilitation to move ahead.
This evening, the Greenburgh Town Board will recognize the interns who spent time with the town this summer, learning how local government works and initiating important community-minded programs including self-defense workshops. The Senator had an opportunity recently to meet with these young people and couldn't be any prouder. She brought along her two summer interns as well. Internships are a great, free learning opportunity. The Senator urges you to take the initiative and see if the field or area of study you are interestered in, offers internship opportunities. Contact the Senator's District Office in Yonkers at (914) 423-4031 if you're interested in learning more about becoming an intern in her office or at the State Capitol in Albany.
(White Plains - August 12) Today at Fire Station #6 in White Plains, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to call for passage of a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The measure, first passed in 2010, followed action taken in New York State (Jimmy Nolan's Law named for a Yonkers carpenter) to recognize the second wave of victims. The second wave are the first responders and others who were falling ill years later, after being exposed to the toxic pile of debris of what was left of the World Trade Center. At the time, Jimmy Nolan's Law allowed an additional one-year period for eligible workers to file claims to receive workers compensation.
(Ardsley - August 1st) At the grand opening of Gigi's Playhouse in Westchester, located on Saw Mill River Road in Ardsley. This unique place is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 30 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge. Welcome to Westchester!
(Greenburgh - August 7th) The Senator congratulated the graduates of the Greenburgh Summer Leadership Training Project and encouraged them to continue on the right path they are taking. The teenagers and youngsters participated in this unique learning opportunity made possible by the Center for Human Options. The organization is celebrating its 46th year. To learn more, visit their website at www.tcfho.org.
(White Plains - August 5th) Senator Stewart-Cousins with (middle) Board of Regents member Judith Johnson and (left) Janet Langsam of ArtsWestchester at the gallery in White Plains, following a meeting to discuss the importance of the arts as part of every child's education.
(White Plains - August 6th) Nearly 50,000 thousand struggling families in New York State, including 6,800 right here in the Hudson Valley, are getting the help they need to stay in their homes. Through her District Office, Senator Stewart-Cousins has provided countless hours of counseling and assistance to families who live in her Senate District, some of whom fell victim to unscrupulous lenders and are or were facing foreclosure. On August 6th, as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference, the Senator joined her partner in government, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, to highlight the success of the state's efforts following the bursting of the sub-prime mortgage bubble.
(Scarsdale - August 1st) Senator Stewart-Cousins spent some time greeting her constituents--and some wildlife--at the Scarsdale Sidewalk Sale on August 1st. The Greenburgh Nature Center set up a booth including a snake. The Sidewalk Sale is organized annually by the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce.
(Yonkers - July 30th) Senator Stewart-Cousins, joined my Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, celebrated with the Lighthouse Guild the anniversary of GuildCare, an adult day health care program serving individuals who are blind, visually-impaired or physically-challenged for 30 years.
(New York City - July 25th) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined her brothers and sisters of labor, members of the Communications Workers of America union, during a rally in New York City in support of a fair contract with Verizon in the multi-state region. View.
(Yonkers - July 24th) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the graduates of the Greyston Foundation's Workforce Development program in Yonkers. The training program for at-risk or out-of-work individuals provides important skills and support. The graduates are job-ready candidates for culinary arts, customer service, home health aide, security guard and building maintenance positions among others.
(New York City - July 22nd) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined her colleagues in government including Governor Cuomo at a rally with fast food workers on July 22nd, as they celebrated the New York State Wage Board's decision to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City to $15/hour by 2018. The Governor established the Wage Board this year, which issued its recommendations to the cheers of the crowd. "The Wage Board's recommendations are a good first step," said Senator Stewart-Cousins, "but we need to ensure the minimum wage for all New Yorkers is also raised." The Senate Democrats that she leads have been calling for a higher minimum wage ever since the half-measure increase was passed by the legislature three years ago.
(Yonkers - July 4th) When the Senator brought the SNUG program to Yonkers in 2010, it quickly made an impact the community. While the Yonkers Police Department is on the frontline of fighting crime in our city, SNUG has been instrumental in helping reduce gun violence and shootings, and steering at-risk kids away from violence. On July 4th, the Senator attended the SNUG & Alfonzo Conrad William's Basketball Tournament at Whitney Young Park in Yonkers.
(Manhattan - June 30th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to the Northeast Women in Public Finance group in Manhattan, along with Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, about the challenges of running for office and the resources available to help women get into politics. The moderator was Beth Smayda with ACA Financial Guaranty, the NEWPF Co-Founder. She is also a Councilwoman in White Plains and one of the Senator's constituents.
(Purchase - June 14th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Congressman Eliot Engel, walk participants and Yonkers-native Pat Quinn at the start of the "Walk To Defeat ALS" in Purchase on June 14th. After the ribbon was cut, the Senator shared words of encouragement with the participants. Pat Quinn, who has ALS, helped the Ice Bucket Challenge go viral in 2014, raising $63 million and worldwide awareness regarding the incurable disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Earlier this year, the Senator sponsored a Senate Resolution recognizing Pat for his efforts. The walk is part of the ALS Association's annual fundraising efforts as they search for a cure.
(Dobbs Ferry - June 13th) Dobbs Ferry has done a terrific job of revitalizing its Hudson riverfront. On June 13th, Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the official dedication following several years of work. The Senator supported the village's request for $2.3 million of state funding that helped make the project a reality. The park is a wonderful example of a public/private partnership as well, given that Westchester County added $2 million and a local couple, Arch and Marie McKellar, also contributed one million dollars. There is improved access to the majestic Hudson with a boat launch for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Children and families will enjoy playgrounds and picnic areas.
(Albany - June 1st) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed a roundtable of young women at the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society New Leadership Luncheon. The Senator, joined by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, discussed women involvement in government and politics. Currently, women make up less than 25% of the New York State legislative body. As the first African-American woman to lead a conference, and as one of the leading supporters of women involvement in government, the Senator enjoyed her time speaking the to future female leaders, that it was up to the younger generation to improve the statistics.