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.
On Sunday, October 6th, Senator Stewart-Cousins, attended the Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus Annual Autumn Cocktails & Jazz Event held at the Mansion on Broadway in White Plains, NY. At this event, the Senator, along with other members of the WBWPC, honored Sylvia B.
No other event gets local Dobbs Ferry businesses together than the annual Ferry Festa, this year, on Saturday, October 5th from 1:00PM to 8:00PM at the downtown area of Dobbs Ferry. The purpose of this event is to get together as a community and celebrate with fun, food, music and dancing, while experiencing and taking advangate of what downtown Dobbs Ferry has to offer.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins showed her support for local businesses by attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for Wine In Due Time, a a boutique wine store located on the beautiful Yonkers waterfront, on Friday, October 4th. Along with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and City Councilman Chris Johnson, Senator Stewart-Cousins welcomes store owner Sepi Pashaie and staff to the neighborhood.
The ShopRite located in Greenway Plaza of Yonkers closed over the summer for renovations and re-opened its new and improved store on Saturday, October 5th. Senator Stewart-Cousins had the pleasure of being part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, alongside Mayor Mike Spano and City Councilman Chris Johnson.
Senator Stewart-Cousins took part in the annual tradition of inspecting firetruck engines and equipment to make sure that they are in good working condition at Irvington Fire Department's 133rd Annual Inspection on Saturday, October 5th. At this special event, the Senator had the pleasure of meeting some of New York's Bravest, many of whom have been serving the Village of Irvington for more than twenty years.
For her leadership in promoting minority and women owned businesses, Senator Stewart-Cousins was recognized with two separate awards this October. On October 3rd at the 3rd Annual New York State MWBE Forum in Albany, Leader Stewart-Cousins was honored by Governor Andrew Cuomo with a certificate presented to her by Mylan Denerstein, Counsel to the Governor. Two weeks later, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland honored the Senator with their Political Leader of the Year award for her leadership and support of MWBEs. In a statement, Senator Stewart-Cousins said, “Since the 2007 disparity study, New York State has made long-overdue progress in promoting MWBEs and increasing their participation in State projects.
Senator Stewart-Cousins makes sure to recognize the individuals who strive to improve the quality of life for the elderly and disabled. That is exactly what she did at Cabrini of Westchester in Dobbs Ferry when she presented a Legislative Resolution to Patricia Tinston, a clinical health nurse at the facility. The Resolution, which passed the State Senate this year, recognized Ms. Tinston for receiving the LeadingAge NY Long-Term Care Employee of Distinction Award.
Senator Stewart-Cousins showed her support and joined in on the festivities at the annual Golden Harvest Dance and Talent Show on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, a special event where seniors showcased their talents and danced the afternoon away at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
Leader Stewart-Cousins, along with Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Civil Rights Heroes Edie Windsor and Roberta A. Kaplan, was honored with the Trailblazer of Democracy Award for her leadership and committment to fighting for women's rights, and equal rights for all, at the Eleanor's Legacy Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Senators in attendance to support the Leader were Senators Michael Gianaris, Jose M. Serrano, Velmanette Montgomery, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Terry Gipson and Cecilia Tkaczyk. Click here for the recap of the event.
The City of White Plains kicked off their Italian Heritage and Culture Month with a 4th Annual Columbus Day Festival on September 28th and 29th which Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was delighted to partake in. This family-friendly festival had games, live music from top Italian-American performers around the area, and other traditional amusements, arts and crafts vendor and authentic ethnic Italian food for all to enjoy.
On Sunday, September 22nd, Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the White Plains Hispanic Day Festival, to join in on the celebration of Hispanic heritage through music, folkloric dancing, sports activities, arts & crafts, and ethnic foods.
The annual Ardsley Day Festival is an event that many residents look forward to as it celebrates the community and showcases what the Village of Ardsley has to offer, bringing together local businesses, community organizations and volunteers to offer a wide variety of FREE attractions and activities for all ages. This year, Ardsley Day was held on Sunday, September 22nd, from 12:00PM to 5:00PM which Senator Stewart-Cousins was able to experience, stopping by each table to meet the loca
Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by various vendor tables with Carolyn Stevens, Executive Director of Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce--this one is the League of Women Voters--at Scardale's FIRST food and wine festival on Sunday, September 22nd. Located at Scarsdale Village, this special event brought the community together through food and wine tasting, presented by local celebrity chefs, restaurants, bakeries and catering companies, while generating awareness and raising funds to fight hunger, obesity and malnutrition.
To continue to show her appreciation and support for the local arts, Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the RiverArts 50th Anniversary Party on September 22nd, a fundraiser to celebrate five decades of artistic inspiration and education throughout the Rivertowns held at the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society.
Senator Stewart-Cousins had the pleasure to kick-off the North Yonkers Boys and Girls Club football and cheering season on Sunday, September 22nd. The North Yonkers Boys and Girls Club is a volunteer organization and works for the prevention of delinquency and youth crime and the advancement of the morale., physical, mental, and social well being of the youth of the City of Yonkers. The club offers basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, Pop Warner football, and cheerleading, for 1,200 youth annually. Sports are offered to children ages 5 through 17. The club also has a teen club for the teens 13 through 19 living in northwest Yonkers.
On Wednesday, September 18th, the Yonkers Partners in Education hosted its 6th Annual Gala at the Cross Shopping Center which celebrated education "in style" and honored the achievements of Yonkers public school students. This annual special event, which helps continue YPIE's mission "to ensure that all children who attend the Yonkers Public Schools have the tools, support and guidance needed to complete a post-secondary program", was attended by over 400 supporters, including Mr. Kevin Lee, Cultural Ambassador of China, Ms.