Joining thousands of parade-goers and marchers, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins took part in the 84th Annual Yonkers Columbus Day Parade. Organized by the Yonkers Columbus Day Celebration Committee the parade celebrates Italian heritage in the city of Yonkers and beyond. Marchers included dance and music performers as well as community groups and elected officials. During the parade, the Senator stopped for a picture with Miss Westchester and Miss Teen Westchester.
Senator Stewart-Cousins attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Shoreline Stabilization Project in Dobbs Ferry. The project will restore and stabilize portions of the eroding Hudson River shoreline in the village’s Waterfront Park, which have not been reinforced in more than 50 years. It was jointly financed by the Village of Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, a grant from the New York Department of State’s Waterfront Revitalization Program, and a generous $1 million donation from Dobbs Ferry philanthropists Marie and Arch McKellar. This is the first phase of the village’s broader waterfront revitalization program, which will eventually include a River Walk, a kayak launch and additional green space for recreational activities.
Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a press conference with US Senator Charles Schumer, calling on state, local and county officials to clear debris from the Saw Mill River. She also called on FEMA to cover the costs of this clean-up through their Public Assistance Grant Program, which helps government entities pay for storm recovery.
Senator Stewart-Cousins joined thousands of residents and visitors at the annual Tarrytown Street Fair on Main Street. The all day family affair featured vendors from Westchester County and beyond selling food, clothing and other products.
Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the Summer Celebration at the Eileen Fisher LAB Store in Irvington. Located at the Eileen Fisher corporate headquarters, the LAB Store offers four categories of women's clothing; current designs, recent designs, samples and recycled clothing. All proceeds of sales from the recycled clothing are directed to charities that help women and girls
Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a memorial service in remembrance of Yonkers activist Helen Auerbach, who passed away in March. Ms. Auerbach was a founding mother of My Sister’s Place – a Westchester based organization that works with victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. A tireless advocate for social justice and peace, Ms. Auerbach was active in the Westchester People’s Action Coalition, the Yonkers Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and was co-founder of the Yonkers Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. She also worked for decades at Leake and Watts Children’s Home in Yonkers. At the memorial, held at the Community Unitarian Church in White Plains, friends and family shared their memories of how Helen Auerbach touched their lives and the lives of others. Senator Stewart-Cousins recalled Ms. Auerbach’s magnetic spirit and smile adding that she always admired Ms. Auerbach’s efforts to effect change in the local community and around the world. At the end of her speech, the Senator presented a proclamation from the New York State Senate to Ms. Auerbach’s son.
Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the New York premiere of the film "More to Live For" at the Irvington Town Hall theatre. The documentary- film tells the stories of three individuals struck by leukemia, and details their struggles to find the vital bone marrow matches that would save their lives. The subjects of the film were all talented and ambitious men with no obvious connection to each other. They were the late Michael Brecker, a longtime resident of Hastings who was one of the most influential tenor saxophonists of all time; James Chippendale, who owns a company that insures musical performances and large-scale events; and Seun Adebiyi, who hopes to become the first Nigerian to compete in the winter Olympics. The film was directed by Noah Hutton, of Irvington, and produced by Susan Brecker, wife of Michael and longtime resident of Hastings. The Senator had the opportunity to meet Mr. Hutton and Ms. Brecker as well as one of the subjects of the film, Mr. Adebiyi. She is pictured here with Mr. Hutton (left) and Mr. Adebiyi (middle).
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.