(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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."
Senator Stewart-Cousins took part in the Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17th, in New Rochelle City Hall to recognize this year's recipient for their service to the community. This year's recipients were the Rev. Hyacinth E. Lee, deacon at Trinity St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Joel Fridovich, administrator of Campus Alternative High School. The mission of the Coalition for Mutual Respect is "to improve human relations and understanding, while instilling respect for the different ethnicities and faiths of the richly cultured populations of New Rochelle and Westchester County".
(White Plains - September 18th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the three other members of the state delegation representing White Plains (Senator George Latimer, and Assemblymembers Amy Paulin and David Buchwald), along with Mayor Thomas Roach, Congresswoman Nita Lowey's representative, and Veronica Vanderpool of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign at the Metro-North train station. Collectively, they asked the MTA/Metro-North to include an upgrade to this facility as part of the 5-year Capital Plan. The station services approximately 21,000 commuters on a daily basis, not only the Senator's constituents in White Plains, but also reverse commuters from Manhattan coming to the region for work.
Senator Stewart-Cousins helped kick off the demolition of a building on Warburton Avenue that will make way for Phase Two of the Saw Mill River Daylighting Project in downtown Yonkers. $1 million in state funding through the Regional Economic Development Council is making the Mill Street Courtyard possible. Phase 1 of the project, completed with $8 million in funding the Senator secured when she first took office in 2007, created Van der Donck Park by removing the asphalt and the parking lot at Larkin Plaza, exposing the Saw Mill River and creating the park that surrounds the river. This project is a key catalyst to revive the downtown area with new retail, business and housing opportunities.
Thanks to the Heavenly Productions Foundation, 600 backpacks and other school supplies were given to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy in Yonkers on Friday, September 12th. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Mayor Mike Spano, Principal Natalie Davy, Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Heavenly Productions Foundation, and John Wallace, former New York Knicks player and board member of the foundation.
Senator Stewart-Cousins got to see the green results - the new green roof on St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers on Wednesday, September 10th. 24,000 square feet or 70% of the asphalt roof was removed and replaced with green, grassy plants. The plants capture and recycle the rainwater, removing it from the stormwater runoff that would end up in the Hudson River below. And the green roof also helps the hospital improve its energy-efficiency in terms of heating and cooling needs. A nearly million dollar state grant, through the Regional Economic Development Council and the State's Environmental Facilities Corporation, made the project possible.
(Tarrytown - September 9th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Mayor Drew Fixell, Village Administrator Michael Blau, and other elected officials and friends at a ribbon cutting ceremony which celebrated the opening of the redesigned and revitalized Pierson Park and Andre Brook in the Village of Tarrytown. Since the revilatization project began in 2008, the Senator has been a strong supporter of the Village's efforts to create an oasis and recreation spot along the Hudson River which was made possible by a total of $3.2 million in grants from various agencies including the Department of State ($2.37 million).
A big fan of jazz music, Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the annual Jazzfest on Sunday, September 7th in White Plains, to greet constituents and see some of her favorite local musicians play. Hosted by ArtsWestchester, Jazzfest is "a six-day celebration of jazz in downtown White Plains, culminating in an outdoor jazz concert with delicious food from area restaurants". For more information about Jazzfest, please visit www.ArtsWestchester.org.
Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the annual New Rochelle Street Fair & Music Festival on Sunday, September 7th, which featured over 100 vendors, a classic car show, music at the Memorial Plaza, rides, games, crafts, facepainting and more! Also at the Fair were Councilman Jared Rice, New Rochelle Public Library Director Thomas Geoffino, Councilman Ivar Hyden, and Mayor Noam Bramson, pictured here with the Senator. While at the Fair, the Senator was interviewed by WFAS Radio's Bob Marrone, and caught up with Sam the Newspaper Man.
On Thursday, September 4th, Senator Stewart-Cousins toured the New Rochelle YMCA facility, meeting with some of the Board members to learn more about the programs they offered. Located on 50 Weyman Ave, the New Rochelle YMCA is "an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility". For more information, you can visit their website atwww.NRYMCA.org.
Senator Stewart-Cousins wore orange on Thursday, September 4th, to help the Food Bank For Westchester raise awareness during September's Hunger Action Month. Volunteers joined in at the Elmsford warehouse, raising their arms in the fight to end hunger. They estimate 200,000 people in Westchester are hungry or food-challenged, 66,000 of them are children and 44,000 are seniors. #GoOrangetoEndHunger
Supporting #MadeInNY for Fashion Week with New York City's First Lady, Chirlane McCray, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. The idea behind last night's event at Gracie Mansion was to bolster the fashion industry here in NY. NYC Mayor Bill DiBlasio made several announcements designed to help encourage new designers and help provide money for start-up manufacturing of product lines.
Senator Stewart-Cousins proudly celebrating her African American Heritage at the Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, August 15th. In honor of this event, she presented a resolution to the Yonkers African American Heritage Committee, the organization responsible for organizing this annual celebration.
Fresh fruits and vegetables coming soon from Greyston's Oak Street garden in Yonkers Nodine Hill neighborhood. The formerly vacant lot is being turned into a resource.Greyston is a nonprofit community development agency that has served southwest Yonkers since 1982. It currently operates six community gardens throughout the city, each of which has been created in partnership with the City of Yonkers and serves dozens of families throughout the year.