Leader Stewart-Cousins with WGA President, Howard Tribble, and Honorees Chairman Ken Jenkins, Commissioner William Carter, and Rev. Dr. Tyrone Robinson at the Westchester-Rockland Guardian Associations, Inc. 50th Anniversary Dinner-Dance on Friday, March 22nd at the GreenTree Country Club in New Rochelle, NY.
Leader Stewart-Cousins being honored at the National Organization for Women-NYS Chapter Women's History Month Celebration with NOW-NYS President Zenaida Mendez on Sunday, March 17th at Elements Food & Spirits in White Plains, NY.
Leader Stewart-Cousins at the Westchester County Association's March "Political Friday" Event at Mercy College discussing the role that the government played in her family's life, and the role that it plays in making sure people have equal opportunties and in providing the private sector with viable prospective employees.
Mandate relief, hydrofracking, education funding and campaign finance reform were all hot topics at Senator Stewart-Cousins’ recent wide- ranging discussion with the Scarsdale Forum at their February meeting at the Scarsdale Library. This was the Senator’s first appearance as Guest Speaker at the Scarsdale Forum, although she had attended many meetings in prior months.
New York State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was honored by the Business Council of Westchester at a special reception in January. Senator Stewart-Cousins was recognized for her elevation as leader of the Democratic Conference in the New York State Senate.
Leader Stewart-Cousins joined Governor Cuomo as he signed some of the toughest gun control legislation in the nation. The NY SAFE Act was built around common sense, progressive ideas which have been pushed by Senate Democrats for years. The bill passed the Senate 43-18 and the Democratic Conference’s 26 votes were critical to the bill’s successful passage.
Among many other provisions, the NY SAFE Act expands the ban on assault weapons, creates stronger regulations on ammunition, provides for universal background checks for gun purchases, requires gun owners to recertify their permit every five years and makes sure guns are safely stored. It is a common sense approach which will keep our communities safer.
Senator Stewart-Cousins met with members of the Edgemont Mandate Relief Advocacy Committee at the Seely Place Elementary School in Edgemont. The group handed the Senator approximately 400 letters -- all signed by residents of Edgemont -- which called for the passage of four specific mandate relief proposals that will save school districts and taxpayers money. The recently-created grassroots committee formed to advocate on behalf of the Edgemont School District for relief from unfunded state mandates. In addition to lobbying State elected officials, the EMRAC also submitted their proposals to the Mandate Relief Council. At the meeting, Senator Stewart-Cousins reiterated her commitment to passing meaningful mandate relief for school districts and local governments and promised to work with the committee on these issues moving forward.
Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to a group of New York Youth Works trainees in New Rochelle on their last day of training at the Bracey Houses on Main Street. The men, aged 16-24, were completing a work readiness training program specifically designed to help them break into the construction industry. The training was funded by the New York Youth Works program – a state initiative created by Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to help disadvantaged youth find jobs - and organized by New Rochelle City Councilman Jared Rice and the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority. In her comments, Senator Stewart-Cousins praised the group for taking the initiative to enroll in the training program and for taking a positive step toward their future. She asked all of the trainees if they see a future for themselves in the construction industry, and they all said yes.
Senator Stewart-Cousins was honored to receive the Turkish Cultural Center’s Friendship Award at their Fifth Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony this past November. The Senator received the award for her “continued dedication, open communication, and close ties to the Turkish community.” The Peace Island Institute was a co-sponsor of the event. Senator Stewart-Cousins also presented a proclamation to the Turkish Cultural Center of Westchester honoring their positive contributions and recognizing their success at fostering greater cross-cultural understanding and learning in Westchester.
The recovery and rebuilding effort after Sandy continues, and there are many other resources available through the federal and state governments that can help homeowners, business owners and local governments rebuild better. Since the storm hit, Senator Stewart-Cousins has been working hard to make sure her constituents have everything they need to make a full and speedy recovery.
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.