Andrea Stewart-Cousins's Photos

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

(Westchester - October 19th) October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Senator Stewart-Cousins took the time to stop by the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Westchester. Besides friends, neighbors and constituents, the Senator also ran into NYSUT President Karen Magee, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Lt. Governor Candidate Kathy Hochul.

October 20, 2014
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White Plains Public Library Visit

(White Plains - October 17th) Senator Stewart-Cousins had a great visit to the White Plains Public Library with Assembly Member David Buchwald, Librarian Brian Kenney and Foundation Executive Director Libby Hollahan who showed them the improvements. The most fascinating part to the Senator was to see a 3D printer in action, and a drum set available for use - a real creative outlet far beyond the books and computers we've come to know at our libraries. This was a result of the $67,469 the Senator was able to secure through the 2013-14 NYS Public Library Construction grant program for the Learning Commons for Adults.

October 19, 2014
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National Association of University Women 64th Annual Northeast Sectional Conference Awards Banquet

(White Plains - October 18th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the National Association of University Women 64th Annual Northeast Sectional Conference Awards Banquet about her rise to become the first African-American woman to preside over the New York State Senate. The NUAW is a community based women’s organization founded in Washington, DC in 1910. The mission of NAUW is to serve women, youth, and the disadvantaged in our communities and in developing countries by strategically partnering with allied organizations to address educational issues and advance the status of women’s issues. NAUW’s national focus targets: 1) Education, 2) Literacy, 3) Scholarship and 4) National & International Affairs.

October 19, 2014
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A Great Environmental Score for State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

State Senator Stewart-Cousins received an 88 on the Environmental Scorecard this year, the highest score of any legislative leader in the New York State Senate. Each year, EPL/Environmental Advocates tracks the voting records of state legislators, assigning points to how they vote or take action on specific environmental legislation.

“Protecting the environment and preserving the natural beauty of our state are top priorities of mine,” said Stewart-Cousins. “The people I represent in the 35th State Senate District can rest assured that I am a strong advocate for preserving the Hudson River, and protecting our drinking water and our children from toxic chemicals.”

October 15, 2014
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78th Annual NYS NAACP Conference

(Tarrytown - October 11th) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed the 78th Annual NYS NAACP Conference and spoke of the organization's history of fighting against racial discrimination and for equal rights, a struggle that continues today 50 years after the Civil Rights Act became law in this country. Senator Stewart-Cousins also greeted some of the young delegates to the convention as well as its leaders.

October 15, 2014
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Sister to Sister International 20th Anniversary Power Luncheon

(Dobbs Ferry - October 11th) Sister to Sister International held their 20th Anniversary Power Luncheon on October 11th at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry. Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblymember Gary Pretlow, attended with proclamations and citations for the honorees: Dionne Polite of AARP,Naomi Johnson of State Farm, and Stacie NC Grant of C & G Enterprises. Congratulations to all the honorees and to Cheryl Brannan, President & STSI Founder.

October 15, 2014
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Westchester County DSS "Heart Gallery" Opening Reception

(White Plains - October 8th) This week, the Heart Gallery opened in White Plains at the public library, promoting foster care opportunities in Westchester County. I joined with Westchester County Social Services Commissioner Kevin McGuire and Braveheart members including Darryl McDaniels of the rap group Run DMC.

The Bravehearts were all in the Foster Care system and now work with Family Ties helping other foster kids who age out the system and are in need of direction. McDaniels found out when he was 35 years old that he also had been a foster child and then adopted by his foster parents. Here's a link to learn more.

October 10, 2014
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Meet & Greet with Honor Flight Participants

(Valhalla - October 5th) Senator Stewart-Cousins had the privilege to attend a gathering for the Westchester-based World War II veterans taking the Honor flight. Through charitable donations, these veterans were flown to Washington, D.C. to view the World War II Memorial there. Some of those in attendance participated in the Town of Greenburgh's Veteran's Living History Project.

October 8, 2014
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NYSUT’s Retiree Leadership Meeting Dinner Reception

(Albany - October 6th) Senator Stewart-Cousins addressed the New York State United Teachers at their 2014 Retiree Leadership Meeting in Albany, and caught up with Westchester's (from left to right) Alana Cormican, Dolores Thompson and Florence McCue, at-large Director for NYSUT retirees. NYSUT represents 600,000 educators, health care professionals and municipal employees statewide, including 200,000 retirees.

October 8, 2014
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Westchester County Golden Harvest Dance & Talent Show for Seniors

(White Plains - October 1st) Senator Stewart-Cousnis watched senior citizens showcase their many talents during the annual Golden Harvest Dance & Talent Show at the Westchester County Center. The special event which kicked off at 11AM with a talent show followed by a dance was sponsored by Westchester County’s Departments of Parks and Senior Programs and Services and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.

 

October 5, 2014
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Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association

(New Rochelle - October 3rd) Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association Annual Scholarship Dinner which honored Hon. Maria S. Vazquez-Doles, David E. Chong, and Louis Navarro. The Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association is a non-profit organization created to inspire, support, foster, and realize leadership in Westchester law enforcement.

October 5, 2014
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New Rochelle Honorary Renaming of Library Green in Honor of Ruby Dee

(New Rochelle - October 2nd) Senator Stewart-Cousins was in New Rochelle for the dedication of the Ruby Dee Park. The Library Green was renamed for the actress and civil rights activist who called New Rochelle home and raised her family here along with her actor and activist husband, Ossie Davis. Her grandson, Muta'Ali and her daughter Nora Davis Day, were on hand as were so many who wanted to participate in this important event. The Senator was interviewed by WVOX Radio and LoHud.com about the woman she looked up to as a role model and mentor.

October 4, 2014
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Walk To End Alzheimer's Disease

(White Plains - September 28th) A great crowd at Sunday's Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease in White Plains, with a group of Muslim women who were participating, and the Senator's friends and partners in government, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Assemblyman David Buchwald. The Alzheimer's Association of the Hudson Valley is the resource for families and caregivers to learn more including these statistics: more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease; every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's and Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

September 29, 2014
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Yonkers Puerto Rican/Hispanic Parade

(Yonkers - September 28th) Senator Stewart-Cousins continued the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by walking the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Parade, and meetnig and greeting her Yonkers constituents from Lincoln Park on South Broadway to Getty Square. This year's theme "Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor"--"United for a Better Future"--showcases the various and significant contributions Puerto Ricans/Hispanics have made locally in the City of Yonkers as well as nationally.

September 29, 2014
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Dobbs Ferry Senior Citizen's Back to School Party

(Dobbs Ferry - September 23rd) the Embassy Community Center located in Dobbs Ferry kicked off the Fall season with a "Back-to-School" Party to introduce seniors to upcoming fall classes and special seminars. Various senior groups including Dr. United, Pace Woman’s Justice, Mercy College, Westchester Jewish Family Service, among others came to the party to share information about what's going on in their organizations this season. The Senator took part in the kickoff by greeting seniors while witnessing an 89 year-old constituent marry her childhood sweetheart.

September 23, 2014
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White Plains Hispanic Day Festival

(White Plains - September 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrating the Hispanic Heritage Month at the White Plains Hispanic Day Festival. Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15th, a time to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions that descendants from Mexico, Spano, the Caribbean, Central and South America have made to our country.The month-long celebration includes the Independence Days for countries including Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Columbus Day or Dia De La Raza, falls on October 12th.

September 23, 2014
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Quinnstock: A Quinn for the Win Event Fighting ALS

Senator Stewart-Cousins appeared at the Quinnstock event in Yonkers on Saturday, September 20th, to support Yonkers native Pat Quinn of Quinn for the Win and his wife, Jen. Pat founded the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS, a disease he suffers from, and aided the Senator with her Ice Bucket Challenge.

September 22, 2014
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Greenway Shoprite's Help Bag For Hunger

To continue her efforts in the fight against hunger, Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow, took part in Greenway ShopRite's "Help Bag Food for Hunger" Event on Wednesday, September 17th, during National Hunger Awareness Month. This year’s ShopRite Partners In Caring contest issued a new challenge to ShopRite associates – to raise an unprecedented $1.5 million to support food banks in the communities ShopRite serves.

September 19, 2014
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VNSNY Choice "Preventing Falls Among Seniors" Seminar

Senator Stewart-Cousins was one of the co-sponsors of the VNSNY Choice "Preventing Falls Among Seniors" Seminar which took place on Wednesday, September 17th, at the Coyne Park Community Center in Yonkers. The purpose of the seminar was to provide seniors and their loved ones tips and techniques to stay strong on their feet. Also at the event, and co-sponsors of the seminar, were Mayor Mike Spano, Senator George Latimer, Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, and Assemblymember Gary Pretlow. 

September 19, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizing Edie Windsor, Marriage Equality Pioneer

(Yonkers - September 18th) Senator Stewart-Cousins was pleased to be able to personally recognize marriage equality pioneer Edie Windsor at an event sponsored by the Westchester Jewish Community Services Center Lane, the only LGBTQ Youth and Community Education Center in Westchester County. The Senator said, "Edie is an inspiration for both young and old alike for fighting for equal rights and the historic Supreme Court decision that has set a benchmark for other court decisions that have followed."

September 19, 2014
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