On Saturday, December 7th, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the African American Men of Westchester's Annual Domestic Violence workshop in White Plains. The Seminar brought about 75 young men from Westchester together to increase awareness about domestic violence, take part in confidence-building exercises and learn how to identify stereotypes of women and men. Senator Stewart-Cousins praised the participants for attending and encouraged them to act as ambassadors to their friends in order to help end the cycle of domestic violence.
On Saturday, November 30th, Senator Stewart-Cousins had the honor of rewarding students entering college the Luther V. Garrison Scholarship at the annual luncheon hosted at the Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers, NY. The LVG Scholarship program "is designed to assist with students' necessities, and instill the confidence to stay in school". This year's scholarship recipients included Ms. Samatha Brown (pictured above), Councilman Chris Johnson (Father of Chavay Dickerson Scholarship), Mr. Kasaad Mayo, Mr. Donald Lee, Mr. Dennis Richmond. Ms. Jessie Grant-Robertson received the Community Award and Ms.
Senator Stewart-Cousins with Governor Cuomo after handing out 135 turkeys to needy families at the Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers on Wednesday morning of November 27th, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Senator Stewart-Cousins at the Westchester Residential Opportunities 45th Anniversary Benefit on Thursday, November 14th at the Ritz-Carlton Westchester. The Senator spoke about the importance of non-profit organizations like WRO and her own upbringing in public housing. Also at the event were (photo above, left-right) Honoree John Becker, former New York Giants' runningback Tiki Barber, Honoree John Nonna, Honoree Geoffrey Anderson, and News Channel 12 Westchester Anchor Michelle Brown.
On Wednesday, November 13th, Senator Stewart-Cousins participated in "The First Year Experience" roundtable discussion along with other female legislators including Greenburgh Town Clerk Judith Beville and Westchester County Legislators Virginia Perez (District 17), Maryjane Shimsky (District 12), and Alfreda Williams (District 8), held at the Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY.
On Tuesday, November 12th, The Westchester Women's Bar Association hosted a round-table with local elected officials including Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer to discuss "how they became electeds or community leaders and what is required on a daily basis so those that are interested in an elected office position have first hand insight as to what it takes".
On Monday, November 11th, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the Town of Greenburgh's Annual Veterans Day Celebration, thanking the local veterans for their dedication in making our nation what it is today. Also, at the celebration were Town Councilman Ken Jones, Town of Greenburgh Chief of Police Joseph DeCarlo, Westchester County Legislator (District 8) Alfreda Williams and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (District 92).
Senator Stewart-Cousins thanked the veterans of the VFW Empire Post #375's for their service to our country at their Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11th in Yonkers, NY. Senator Stewart-Cousins, whose father was a member of the "Buffalo Soldiers" 92nd Infantry Division and fought in Italy during WWII, mentioned in her speech, "Due to my father's and millions of other veterans' unrelenting persistence and selflessness to defend this country, we are able to enjoy days like Veterans' Day."
On Wednesday, November 6th, Seely Place Elementary School in Edgemont participated in The History Channel's "Take A Vet To School Day", a national program that encourages communities and schools to invite veterans of all backgrounds to share their stories and receive thanks for their service on or around Veterans Day. At this event, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to a group of over 400 elementary school children about her father and brother's WWII and Vietnam War experiences and the importance of honoring veterans because of the vital roles they play in defending our nation.
On November 6th, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the press conference announcing the acquisition of Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle by Montefiore. SSMC was at risk of closing, but Montefiore's acquisition will save hundreds of jobs and maintain access to health care for the New Rochelle community. Pictured here with the Senator are Councilman Ivar Hyden, Montefiore CEO Dr. Steven Safyer, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Councilman Jared Rice and Congressman Eliot Engel.
Senator Stewart-Cousins with New York City Mayor-Elect Bill DeBlasio and his wife at the 2013 Somos El Futuro Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Somos is an annual event that brings together legislators and other state leaders to discuss policy initiatives that impact Latino communities of New York State. Senator Stewart-Cousins hosted a widely attended reception at the Somos Conference, and participated in several workshops and events the following day.
One of the leading advocates for children in Westchester, Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the WCA "Raise the Age" Town Hall Meeting as a panelist to raise awareness to "raise the age of criminal responsibility for juvenile offenders". The meeting was held on Wednesday evening, October 30th, at the White Plains Public Library.
On Saturday, November 2nd, Senator Stewart-Cousins presented a proclamation to Arretta Prashad, former President of the Order of the Eastern Star Terrace City Chapter #26 for her commendable service to the community and OES organization at their annual luncheon held at the Riverview in Hastings, NY.
Senator Stewart-Cousins broke ground at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, kicking off the expansion project of the company's corporate headquarters and laboratories in Westchester County. New York State contributed $8.5 million in tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program to make this expansion possible.
Senator Stewart-Cousins broke ground at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen and Restaurant in Scarsdale. The two story facility located on Central Avenue will offer kosher catering deli and restaurant service. It will also have a full bar and feature an extensive list of freshly made daily specials that will appeal to a broader customer base, in addition to the traditional Kosher deli fare that made Ben's famous. This will be Ben's seventh location, joining its three locations in Long Island, one in Queens, one in Manhattan and one in Boca Raton, FL.
Recognizing the importance of the agricultural sector to the New York economy, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk and Toby-Ann Stavisky for a tour of three small farms in Ulster County. Organized by Senator Tkaczyk, the tour demonstrated how vital agriculture is for the local and statewide economy and helped educate the legislators about the challenges facing small family farms.
On Tuesday, October 8th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins had the opportunity to tour the Manhattan Beer Distributors' new facility in the Bronx to get a better understanding of how the specialized beverage manufacturing facility was working for New York. Pictured with her is Bill Bessette, COO of Manhattan Beer Distributors.