(Albany - May 5th) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed an impassioned crowd at the NARAL Lobby Day in Albany. In her speech, the Leader mentioned the fact that the Senate has been going to sleep when it relates to legislation regarding women, women’s rights and women’s reproductive rights. She stressed how imperative it is for members of the legislature to be bipartisan about these issues to protect women across New York State. She closed by urging the crowd to go back to their districts after the lobby day is over, and energize the base of support to foster a more progressive state.
(Albany - May 5th) Every May, as part of National Older Americans Month, the New York State Office of the Aging celebrates older New Yorkers at a Senior Citizens' Day event in Albany. Senator Stewart-Cousins caught up with 95 year old Seymour Scharf of Hartsdale -- a constituent and an active volunteer, fundraiser and supporter of programs in Greenburgh -- who is being honored along with others from all over the state at this special event.
(Albany - May 4th) "You think you are lobbying for bills, and you are, but it’s bigger than that," said Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at the Family Planning Advocates (FPA) rally Monday morning. As a long-time proponent of women's reproductive health rights, the Leader came out to support the efforts of FPA and its members who continue to fight to protect and expand access to a full range of reproductive health services. "You are lobbying a legislature that refuses to allow women self-determination, refuses to allow women equality, refuses to allow women to say, I know what I need.
(Albany - April 29th) An unveiling of a new glass sculpture titled “Seeds of Enlightenment” took place on Wednesday morning at the Empire State Plaza as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr.Memorial Re-dedication Ceremony. The original sculpture designed by artist Eric Hilton was dedicated in 2000 but badly damaged in July 2014. Corning Inc. and The Corning Museum of Glass decided to replace the memorial sculpture with a new one that bears the same title as the original. The Senator took part in the unveiling and said in a press release about the event, “I’m honored to join the Office of General Services, Corning Inc., and The Corning Museum of Glass for the re-dedication of this beautiful memorial honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(New Rochelle - April 25th) The Senator was honored to speak to the New Rochelle Club of The National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women's Club at their 60th Annual Founders Day & 44th Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to the honorees: Reverend Deacon Hyacinth E. Lee, Detective Tanya Williams, Dr Romelle Maloney and Detective Terrance Fudge.
The Mission of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. is to promote and protect the interests of African- American business and professional women; to serve as advisors for young people seeking to enter business and the professions; to improve the quality of life in our local and global communities, and to foster good fellowship.
(Tarrytown - April 25th) The Tarrytown YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day as part of YMCA's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children during the summer months. The annual event features fun activities for the whole family, informational booths about fitness and healthy living, as well as live music by local kids bands. A member of one of the bands, Second Son (pictured above with the Senator), met the Senator a few years back when he was just starting to learn how to play the trumpet. He was playing in public for donation, and the Senator witnessed kids poking fun of the amateur way he sounded, so she approached him, put $5 in a hat, and encouraged him to keep playing.
(White Plains - April 26th) Stepping off at the March of Dimes Walk for Babies in White Plains, Senator Stewart-Cousins and her grandson Kyle joined hundreds of others including White Plains Mayor Tom Roach for the annual event. The March of Dimes is celebrating 75 years of research, breakthroughs and vaccines. Still, nearly half a billion babies are born too soon each year. The event raises money for the organization's efforts to prevent premature births.
(Yonkers - April 24th) The students from Museum School 25 in Yonkers helped celebrate Arbor Day with the Senator, Mayor Michael Spano and City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino at Trevor Park. Did you know that Yonkers is a "Tree City USA" because it meets standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters? Happy Arbor Day!
(White Plains - April 16th) Senator Stewart-Cousins had an opportunity to speak to the next generation of political leaders at the League of Women Voters of Westchester's Running and Winning Workshop in White Plains. The program is for young women, juniors and seniors, who are chosen to participate because of their interest in pursuing public service as a career. Co-sponsors of the event were the Association of American University Women and the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester. The Senator ran into White Plains City Councilwoman Nadine Hunt-Robinson, who is currently in her first term in office.
(White Plains - April 7th) New York's first Fathering Conference was held in White Plains on April 7th. Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call to Men, was the keynote speaker. Frank Williams of the White Plains Youth Bureau was the master of ceremonies and Bob Stien helped coordinate the event at the County Center. Some 300 participants spent time in various workshops and the Senator had the opportunity to address the group before a roundtable discussion on education.
(White Plains - April 7th) Senator Stewart-Cousinstoured White Plains High School with School Superintendent Timothy Connors, Principal Ellen Doherty and White Plains Teacher's Association President Kerry Broderick, a biology teacher here. She had a chance to see a science lab, an art class and digital art display, and a workout room with donated equipment. An impressive school with 2,100 students!
(Yonkers - March 14th) March is Women's History Month. A great way to spend it? Inspriring the next generation to be leaders! On March 14th the Senator, along with Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, spoke at the Yonkers Riverfront Library Women's History Month Event "She Did and So Can You! " The Girl Scouts and others joined the celebration of women leaders.
(New Rochelle - March 26th) The New Rochelle YMCA's Lifesaver campaign continues as they seek to raise funds to make necessary repairs to the facility's pool. You can learn more about the campaign by clicking here. Pictured with YMCA Executive Director Julie Gallanty, Bob Marrone of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and morning personality on WVOX-AM, and other supporters.
(New Rochelle - March 26th) The Senator at the Westchester Division of the National Association of Social Workers Annual Awards Dinner, honoring Polly Kerrigan, LCSW; Patricia Lemp, LCSW; Bob Schavrien, LCSW; Damon K. Jones; Social Work Services at Woodside School, Peekskill CSD; and Mariam Elraza.
(New Rochelle - March 26th) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the 100th birthday of Bill Moye of New Rochelle. He's a World War II veteran that the Senator inducted into the State Senate's Veteran's Hall of Fame in 2014. The New Rochelle Housing Authority held a celebration.
(Albany - March 23rd) Leader Stewart-Cousins met with 5th graders from St. Anthony School in Yonkers who are studying government. The students were touring the State Capitol to learn more about how New York State government operates.
(Albany - March 17th) This week, the State Senate welcomed the Commander of the 10th Mountain Division, Army Major General Stephen Townsend, for Fort Drum Day. Fort Drum is home to 38,000 soldiers and family members, and is the largest Army post north of North Carolina and east of the Mississippi River. The Leader met with Commanding General Townsend and thanked him for his service.