A new program, funded by New York State, will give unemployed or underemployed women from Westchester a chance to find a job in the green energy industry. At a press conference, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer presented a $40,000 check to the Yonkers YWCA to fund a free Solar Workforce Training Program in partnership with Rockland Community College. The grant came from the New York State Department of Labor and was allocated to the Yonkers YWCA as part of the 2011 Regional Economic Development Council awards.
Senator Stewart-Cousins honored the Greenburgh Police Department for their volunteer work with the John A. Coleman School for disbaled children by presenting a proclamation from the New York State Senate to Greenburgh Police Chief Joe DeCarlo and two other officers. The Senator presented the proclamation at the annual John A. Coleman School Walk-A-Thon in October.
Senator Stewart-Cousins secured a $100,000 capital grant from New York State to renovate the ArtsWestchester headquarters in White Plains. The national historic landmark in downtown White Plains was buit in 1928, and is owned by ArtsWestchester. The grant allowed the organization to upgrade the perimeter heating units and install of new roofing, sprinklers, energy efficient lighting and smoke detectors.
Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the expansion of the Yonkers YWCA Afterschool Program at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Yonkers. A new "after school" wing was built onto the existing building for the expanded program. Senator Stewart-Cousins was able to secure funding from New York State for this project.
Senator Stewart-Cousins, Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, Mayor Mike Spano, along with co-sponsors Empire State Development, Women’s Enterprise Development Center, New York State Department of Labor, the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, the Yonkers City Council President’s Office, the Yonkers City Council and other co-sponsors hosted a small business resource forum for small business owners and those interested in learning more about starting a small business in Yonkers.
Senator Stewart-Cousins congratulated the members of UWUA Local 1-2 and Con Edison for resolving their contract dispute and bringing 8500 workers back to work. She also acknowledged Governor Cuomo's key role in the negotiations. Members of UWUA Local 1-2 had been locked out for four weeks due to a contract dispute, but the two sides came to an agreement on July 27th, just hours before severe thunder storms threatened the region.
Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to a group of high school-aged aspiring female attorneys at the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women sponsored by Pace Law School and the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges. The Senator spoke to the students about the legislative process and the importance of voting.
Celebrating his 101st birthday, Greenburgh resident Nathaniel Rose received a proclamation from Senator Stewart-Cousins this week, recognizing his extraordinary life. Known to his many friends as Ned, Mr. Rose had a long and distinguished career in a variety of professions.
On July 16th, Senator Stewart-Cousins had the distinct pleasure of introducing Bernie Williams and his All Star Band during one of many free summer concerts hosted by Forest City Ratner and WFAS at Ridge Hill.
Led by New York Yankees great Bernie Williams, the band played to the delight of hundreds who enjoyed "smooth" music on a hot summer evening. Also in attendance was former Yankee Cecil Fielder.
Senator Stewart-Cousins volunteered as a guest reader at the Jewish Council of Yonkers' (JCY)summer reading buddies program at the Yonkers Riverfront Library on July 24. The Senator read a story to two sisters attending elementary school in Yonkers, and helped the girls write their own story when they finished reading. The JCY Summer Reading Buddies Program pairs volunteer readers with Yonkers children from 10-12 every Tuesday and Wednesday. About 350 children per session attend the program in Yonkers. The program also operates in Mt. Vernon. If you want to be a volunteer reader, call Randee Ginsberg at 914-423-5009.
For the sixth year in a row, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the senior citizens in Dobbs Ferry for their annual Senior Week celebration at the Embassy Community Center on Palisade Ave. During the lunchtime visit, the Senator and other guests were treated to a performance by the Dobbs Ferry High School Step Team.
Senator Stewart-Cousins passed a resolution in honor of Mt. Pleasant Town Historian George Waterbury for his many years of service to the community. Mr. Waterbury, who will turn 90 this August, has served as Town Historian for 13 years.
Senator Stewart-Cousins honored Dr. Mary Lane Cobb, of Tarrytown, as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. Dr. Cobb and her husband traveled to Albany to accept the honor at the annual celebration.
Senator Stewart-Cousins presented a proclamation to the 2012 Irvington High School Varsity Girls basketball team, honoring their many accomplishments over the past season. For the third year in a row, the team was crowned New York State Class B Champion, and this year, they went on to win the Class B Federation Title.
Senator Stewart-Cousins passed a resolution in honor of the Yonkers Gladiators Junior Midget Football Team from Yonkers. The team won the 2011 United Youth Football League National Championship in Florida. The program is run by the Nepperhan Community Center.
For her steadfast support of the developmentally disabled, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins received the 2012 Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics (IAHD) at their 55th Anniversary Dinner at Chelsea Piers in New York.
Senator Stewart-Cousins introduced Governor Andrew Cuomo at a ceremonial signing of the 2012 New York State Budget at Manhattanville College in Purchase. The Governor visited Westchester as part of a statewide tour and asked Senator Stewart-Cousins to introduce him before he signed the Budget into law.