(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.
(Greenburgh - December 10th) State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins recognized the heroic efforts of Jenna Fanelli with a Senate Proclamation at the Greenburgh Town Board meeting. This summer, Jenna was in Yonkers at a riverfront park when she learned a six year old autistic boy had gone into the river. Another man, Boyce Coleman of Yonkers, had jumped in after the child and so did Jenna. The 23-year-old Elmsford resident was able to bring the child back to shore safely. Unfortunately, Boyce did not survive. You never know how or when the skills you have - Jenna is an accomplished swimmer and lifeguard - will be called into action. Thank you Jenna!
(Yonkers - December 2nd) Community Voices Heard honored Senator Stewart-Cousins with a Shirley Chisholm Lights of Freedom Award, named for the first African-American woman elected to Congress. CVH has a Westchester chapter in Yonkers that empowers low-income people, predominantly women with experience on welfare, to improve their lives, their family's life and their communities.
(New Rochelle - November 24th) Senator Stewart-Cousins at the grand opening of the Child Guidance Center of Westchester's Creative Learning Center in New Rochelle. Congratulations on the new location! This is a great opportunity for parents of pre-school children that gets state pre-k and other funding as well as private tuition.
(White Plains - November 16th) Senator Stewart-Cousins at the Annual Banquet Dinner of Indian American Tri-State Chamber of Commerce joined President Thomas Koshay and Vice-President Harry Singh along with members of the Indian business community. The Senator is also pictured with Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.
(Yonkers - November 15th) Senator Stewart-Cousins at a protest outside 382 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers with members of the Hudson River Community Association. A former grocery store location, which has been vacant for over 20 years, is a site considered by Family Dollar for a new store. The Senator and other protesters think that this neighborhood and location could be better served and want the Yonkers Zoning Board and our local elected officials to know their position.
(Hastings-on-Hudson - November 14th) The Workforce Development Institute, which is expanding to Westchester/Putnam, has now a location in Hastings. WDI is a great resource for job opportunities, especially for women looking into the building trades and union jobs for construction, electricians, plumbers. Learn more at www.wdiny.org.
(Scarsdale - November 12th) Today, the Senator was the guest speaker at the Scarsdale Woman's Club, addressing issues of interest including the Women's Equality Act and her role as the Democratic Conference Leader. The members include some of her constituents in Scarsdale, Greenburgh, White Plains and Yonkers. They also asked questions about the tax cap's impact on capital improvements in school districts, legalizing marijuana, fracking, and even whether or not she thinks we will ever see a woman President ? "Yes," the Senator answered, "And hopefully one who lives nearby."
(Yonkers - November 11th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spent the morning of Veterans Day saluting and honoring her veteran constituents all over her district, in these photos, joining Mayor Mike Spano and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Yonkers.
(Yonkers - October 30th) Democratic Conference Leader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins welcomed suppliers to a Minority and Women-Owned Businesses event for Kawasaki Rail Car Inc in Yonkers. Kawasaki is a major employer in her district, and is manufacturing rail and subway cars for the MTA's Metro-North and Long Island Railroad. The Senator explained why it is so important to increase the level of MWBE participation in competitive state contracts, like this one. The state has now raised the bar for MWBE participation from 20% to 30%, and she encouraged contractors to learn about the opportunities that are being made available.
(New Rochelle - October 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins toured the New Rochelle Library with Director Tom Geoffino, Assembly Member Steve Otis and Library Board of Trustees President Haina Just-Michael. She learned about the updates to the facility thanks to funding she voted to approve for state Library Construction Grants. New Rochelle Library received nearly $77,000 for the downtown and Huguenot Children's Library locations combined.
(Dobbs Ferry - October 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized the good work and care the staff at the Ashikari Breast Center in Dobbs Ferry provides to patients as part of St. John's Riverside Hospital. This facility bears the name of Dr. Roy Ashikari who still practices there 26 years after it was first established. Countless numbers of lives have been saved in the last 26 years and they continue to do so today. Dr. Ashikari's son Andrea, also a doctor at the center, was there to receive a Senate Proclamation today in his father's absence, and was joined by Dr. Melita Charles and a physician's assistant who works at the Ashikari Breast Center.
(Westchester - October 19th) October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Senator Stewart-Cousins was at 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.
(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 Legislature approved.
(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.
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.”
(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 is pictured with New York State Conference NAACP President Hazel Dukes among others.
(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.
(White Plains - October 8th) The Heart Gallery opened in White Plains at the public library to promote foster care opportunities in Westchester County. Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Member David Buchwald joined Westchester County Social Services Commissioner Kevin McGuire and Braveheart members including Darryl McDaniels of the rap group Run DMC, who was adopted.