The Senator, a former teacher and longtime proponent of education, joined a local Yonkers third grader to read "The Talking Egg," although the young student did most of the reading. The JCY Summer Reading Buddies program pairs volunteers with children to work on their assigned summer reading projects. The program also offers life skills workshops for parents of participating students.
Leader Stewart-Cousins attended the Interfaith Ramadan Dinner hosted by the Turkish Cultural Center (TCC) of Westchester on Thursday, July 25th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY. The Dinner featured LIVE! Sufi music accompanied by the Whirling Dervish dance performance. TCC-Westchester is a non-profit organization "dedicated to promoting harmony in diverse cultural setting in the U.S."
Senator Stewart-Cousins showed her support for the arts by attending the Theodor D. Young Summer Jazz Series, a FREE event in Greenburgh, NY which occurs every Thursday from 7:00PM-9:30PM. The Theodore D. Young Community Center, Department of Community Resources seeks to improve the quality of life for Greenburgh residents by providing a variety of educational, cultural, recreational, and social activities and services. The original mission of the Center set forth 30 years ago continues today with the goal of lessening problems caused by poverty, racism, and cultural deprivation.
On Tuesday, July 23rd, Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club to participate in the blessing of the new fleet and dock damaged by Superstorm Sandy and recently rebuilt. The Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club, the successor of the Yonkers Canoe Club founded in 1886, is a non-profit membership organization with a mission to "encourage the growth of, and participation in, rowing and paddling sports".
Senator Stewart-Cousins attended a street naming ceremony and reception in honor of Rev. Dr. Lester Cousin, the former Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. The City of White Plains designated the corner of Orawaupum Street and Post Road as Reverend Dr. Lester Cousin Way. Rev. Cousin and Senator Stewart-Cousins are not related, although they call each other "cousins". The Reverend retired as Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in 2011 after serving for 38 years.
Leader Stewart-Cousins celebrated her African-American heritage by walking the Annual Yonkers African-American Day Parade on Sunday, July 21st. Walking the Parade with her included Westchester County BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins and Mayor Mike Spano.
At a ribbon cutting celebration for the grand opening of Sunshine Pharmacy in White Plains, Senator Stewart-Cousins presented a proclamation to proud owner Pravin Patel. The new pharmacy, formerly known as White Plains Pharmacy, will serve the downtown community.
In conjunction with Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, Senator Stewart-Cousins hosted a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, July 11th at the Yonkers Riverfront Library with members of the community. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow also took part in the Town Hall Meeting. With about 30 people in attendance, mostly from Yonkers, the Senator discussed a wide range of topics including her efforts to create jobs, support education and curb gun violence in the community. The Senator and Assemblypeople then responded to questions from attendees.
Senator Stewart-Cousins welcomed directors and trustees from several of her district's libraries to her Yonkers office this month to funding and other State policies with respect to libraries. Senator Stewart-Cousins reaffirmed her commitment to libraries in her district and throughout the State.
Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the Annual School & Neighborhood (SCHOOD) Reunion on Saturday, July 20th at the JFK Memorial Park to show her support for SCHOOD's mission to "reconnect the Yonkers community", typically long-lost friends who would not have gotten back in touch had it not been for this event.
At the opening reception of the "Voices" exhibit at the Blue Door Art Gallery on July 13th in Yonkers, Senator Stewart-Cousins discovered that one of her former interns is also a talented artist. The "Voices" exhibit, running until August 24th, features folk art, street art, film, photography and performances from local artists. Senator Stewart-Cousins is pictured here at the exhibit with Yonkers resident Naajidah Correll and a piece she sculpted. Ms. Correll is a former intern of the Senator's.
Leader Stewart-Cousins attended the City of White Plain's Annual Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 2nd from 6-10PM. The Celebration featured live entertainment and fun for the whole family. Of course, an Independence Day celebration wouldn't be complete with fireworks which illuminated the beautiful night sky of White Plains.
Leader Stewart-Cousins announced the passage of a legislation today which would allow a much needed safety improvement to Jackson Ave. in Greenburgh to move forward, "I was pleased to sponsor this bill and ensure its passage in the New York State Senate. With over 80 accidents and two deaths reported at Jackson Ave. and North Sprain Road in the last three years, it is clear that something must be done to protect residents and motorist. This is not just a matter of improving Jackson Ave., it is a matter of public safety and I was happy to play a role in moving the project forward.
Leader Stewart-Cousins with constituents celebrating Ukrainian heritage with "food, fun, thrills and performers" at the 28th Annual Yonkers Ukrainian Festival on June 14th on N Broadway & Shonnard Pl in Yonkers, NY.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee honored Leader Stewart-Cousins with the "Woman of Power" Award on Tuesday, June 4th in Albany, NY for her leadership and comittment to making New York the best state to live in.
Leader Stewart-Cousins stopped by Richmond Community Services as they celebrated their 30th anniversary on Sunday, June 2nd with Funfest, an activity-filled afternoon designed for people supported by Richmond. Established in 1983, Funfest "supports Richmond's mission while raising awareness of the abilities of those with developmental disabilities".
Leader Stewart-Cousins attended the JCY-Westchester 15th Annual Scholarship Brunch on Sunday, June 2nd at the Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers, NY to personally thank and congratulate Jay Cheraskin, Ronit Razinovsky and Marty Siegal, recepients of the 2013 Education Leadership Award and scholarship, for their exceptional service to the Yonkers Public Schools.
Sixty Yonkers couples gathered for a special ceremony hosted the City of Yonkers on Sunday, June 2nd to renew their vows after being married for 50 or more years. Leader Stewart-Cousins stopped by the special event to congratulate the happy couples, and wish them many more years of love and togetherness to come.