Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was one of the first few to step foot in the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center on Saturday, March 8th which was its grand opening. The purpose of the Education Center is "to enhance the teaching and learning of the lessons of the Holocaust and the right of all people to be treated with dignity and respect. We encourage students to speak up and act against all forms of bigotry and prejudice". For more information, please visit HolocaustEducationCTR.org.
Leader Stewart-Cousins stopped by the 24th Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition to view some of the artistic accomplishments of aspiring student artists from her district. This exhibit was made possible by NYSATA and NYSUT.
As part of her celebration of Black History Month, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended the Yonkers African-American Heritage Committee Imani Celebration on March 22nd at the Nepperhan Community Center. Pictured with her are Robert Winstead, Paula Crawford, Regina Winstead, and Shawyn Patterson-Howard, CEO of Yonkers YMCA.
Senator Stewart-Cousins proudly recognized the Marching Cobras with a resolution for their accomplishments, most recently performing during the Super Bowl Week on February this year among college bands. The Marching Cobras is a community-based program that encourages children and young adults to express and develop themselves through music.
On February 23rd, Senator Stewart-Cousins and other local elected officials joined the White Plains Historical Society at the Jacob Purdy House to celebrate the birthday of America's Founder, George Washington. The event program included a flag raising ceremony and a lecture by historian Barnet Schecter titled "Revolutionary War Battles in NY Through George Washington's Maps". The coverlet containing pictures of historic White Plains houses and buildings, which the Senator happily purchased to support the organization, can be purchased at the WPHS online gift shop.
On Thursday, April 10th, Senator Stewart-Cousins got a quick tour of the Shmura Matzah Bakery in Brooklyn, NY.
"Tonight, Jewish families around New York will gather together at the Seder table to recount the liberation of earlier generations, while ushering in the renewal of Spring and recommitting themselves to lift up the hungriest in our community. I want to extend my best wishes to all who observe Passover for a Zissen Pesach -- a Sweet Passover -- filled with the warmth of family and friends joining together in celebration of freedom's enduring promise."
Over the weekend as part of the tour to get to know Buffalo, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins stopped by 145 Broadway, the home of the Colored Musician Club of Buffalo, frequented by jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald during their time, and the longest operating African-American Musicians Club in the nation which still runs the best live jazz music in town.
Leader Stewart-Cousins accepting the "Most Coordinated Boat" award from Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday, July 20th following the Adirondack Challenge, with Senator Gianaris and Senate Democratic Conference staffers. As she accepted the award, the Leader said, "We are all ambassadors for Upstate." The Adirondack Challenge highlights the summer tourism opportunities in the region, including outdoor activities such as rafting and fly fishing. The event, held in Indian Lake this year, attracted elected officials, tourism industry leaders and summer enthusiasts to Upstate New York.
During the summer, Westchester County hosts various cultural heritage celebrations at parks throughout the county to give residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the different foods, music, and traditions that each culture bring to Westchester. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined in on the celebration of the Italian heritage on Sunday, July 27th which was held at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, NY, spending time getting to know her constituents including members of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America, pictured here with the Senator.