In observance of Memorial Day 2011, the Senator honored our fallen veterans at ceremonies and parades throughout her district. She began the day in downtown Yonkers at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial on South Broadway, which was led by the Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans. She then headed to Valhalla where she joined American Legion Post 1038 for their annual ceremony and parade from West Lake Drive down Columbus Avenue to Cedar Street. Later in the day, she joined the Catholic Slovak Club and the Yonkers VFW, for their Memorial Day services. The Senator said that it is important to honor members of our armed forces, particularly those who have fought and died to preserve our freedoms and way of life.
Senator Stewart-Cousins took part in a hearing of the Investigations and Government Operations Committee in Long Island regarding the "Finance, Policies and Practices of the MTA." Testifying at the hearing was Jay Walder, Chairman and CEO of the MTA; Helena Williams, President of the Long Island Railroad; Kenneth B. Bleiwas, Director of Bureau of Agency Analysis, Office of the Comptroller; John Samuelson, President of the Transport Workers Union Local 100; and Ira Greenberg, Chairman of the Executive Committee Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA. The hearing examined the MTA's costs and revenue streams, and explored ways to maintain service without drastically increasing fares. To see a picture of Senator Stewart-Cousins at the hearing, click here.
Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a memorial ceremony for Civil War Captain William Laing Heermance, the only recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor buried in the City of Yonkers. Organized by the Yonkers Central Veteran's Committee, the annual ceremony took place at Captain Heermance's grave site at Oakland Cemetery, which was discovered six years ago by committee chairman Jack Lotz. The ceremony pays tribute to Captain Heermance's heroic actions at the Battle of Chancellorville, Virginia in 1863 during the American Civil War. During that battle, while serving with Company C, Sixth New York Cavalry, Captain Heermance took command of the regiment as they were surrounded by the enemy.
Senator Stewart-Cousins and the Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority hosted the latest installment of the JAM Program this week at Schlobohm Houses in Yonkers. The topic was healthy eating choices and physical fitness and included activities led by Certified Personal Trainer Taniya Brandon and Health and Nutrition Consultant Kyira Harris. The participants took part in an exercise routine that included jumping jacks, pushups and lunges, and learned about identifying good and bad foods. At the end, they enjoyed a healthy smoothie that included spinach, blueberries, mango and pineapple.
Senator Stewart-Cousins joined students, parents and faculty of the Hawthorne Elementary School at the 4th Annual “Walk the Green Walk” this week. The yearly event raises awareness about the importance of protecting the environment. The “Green Walk” began at the elementary school with a parade across Chelsea Street to the Hawthorne Fire Department, and culminated with a ceremony where Senator Stewart-Cousins and other dignitaries addressed the crowd. In her remarks, the Senator summed up the importance of being environmentally conscious with the following poem: “Remember the Earth Carries You Care for her Lovingly Every day.”
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the Tarrytown Music Hall, joining elected leaders from all levels of government to recognize the historic Westchester landmark. At the celebration, the Senator presented a proclamation from the New York State Senate to Executive Director Bjorn Olsson, and had the opportunity to meet music legend Boz Scags backstage. To see a picture, click here.
Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Mike Spano passed resolutions in honor of Firefighter Mike Giroux and the Yonkers Fire and Police Departments on March 23, for their heroic rescue of two workers who were dangling 13 stories above ground from a collapsed scaffold at the St. Casimir Apartments in Yonkers on March 4th. “This was a truly heroic rescue effort, and it once again displayed how our firefighters and police officers act with courage on a daily basis,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “And I am struck by how humble the firefighters and officers that we are honoring today have been in the aftermath of the rescue; not wanting to be called heroes and sharing recognition with their colleagues.
Students, parents, and teachers from Kensico Elementary School took a class trip to Albany this week and met with Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins during their visit. The Senator gave the students a homework assignment— they are to research the total amount of spending in the last year’s State budget, and write to the Senator in her Albany office with the correct answer.
On Saturday, December 11th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF) delivered remarks during the Westchester Korean American Association’s Annual Dinner, held in honor of the Korean War Veterans.