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Celebrating "Senior Week" with Dobbs Ferry Seniors

For the sixth year in a row, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the senior citizens in Dobbs Ferry for their annual Senior Week celebration at the Embassy Community Center on Palisade Ave. During the lunchtime visit, the Senator and other guests were treated to a performance by the Dobbs Ferry High School Step Team.

May 23, 2012
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Senator Honors Mt. Pleasant Town Historian, George Waterbury

Senator Stewart-Cousins passed a resolution in honor of Mt. Pleasant Town Historian George Waterbury for his many years of service to the community. Mr. Waterbury, who will turn 90 this August, has served as Town Historian for 13 years.

May 23, 2012
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Honors Woman of Distinction, Dr. Mary Lane Cobb

Senator Stewart-Cousins honored Dr. Mary Lane Cobb, of Tarrytown, as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. Dr. Cobb and her husband traveled to Albany to accept the honor at the annual celebration.

May 23, 2012
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Irvington Girls Basketball Team Receives Proclamation from Senator

Senator Stewart-Cousins presented a proclamation to the 2012 Irvington High School Varsity Girls basketball team, honoring their many accomplishments over the past season. For the third year in a row, the team was crowned New York State Class B Champion, and this year, they went on to win the Class B Federation Title.

May 23, 2012
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Speaking out for Westchester’s Schools

In an impassioned speech on the floor of the Senate, Senator Stewart-Cousins criticized her Republican colleagues for putting forth a resolution which distributed $10 million solely to school districts represented by Republicans.

May 23, 2012
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Yonkers Gladiators Recognized in Albany for Winning National Championship

Senator Stewart-Cousins passed a resolution in honor of the Yonkers Gladiators Junior Midget Football Team from Yonkers. The team won the 2011 United Youth Football League National Championship in Florida. The program is run by the Nepperhan Community Center.

May 23, 2012
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Senator Receives Distinguished Humanitarian Award From The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics

For her steadfast support of the developmentally disabled, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins received the 2012 Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics (IAHD) at their 55th Anniversary Dinner at Chelsea Piers in New York.

May 23, 2012
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Dr. Olivia J. Hooker

Dr. Olivia J. Hooker was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1915, and moved with her family to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her father was a successful businessman who operated a clothing store and her mother was a former teacher in the Greenwood District, which was referred to as “the prairie’s own small turn-of-the-century Harlem”.

Dr. Olivia Hooker was six years old when her community in Tulsa was destroyed on May 31, 1921, in the worst race riot in the history of the United States. The Tulsa Riot resulted in the deaths of more than three hundred people, and the burning of more than one thousand homes and businesses. Dr. Olivia J. Hooker vividly remembers being awakened by the thudding sounds of machine gun ammunition raining down on her family’s home.

May 18, 2012
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Dr. Mary Lane Cobb

Dr. Mary Lane Cobb moved to Westchester County after medical school to pursue her career as a general practitioner in Tarrytown and eventually incorporated obstetrics into her practice.

In 1977, Dr. Cobb served as the Director of Women and Youth Services at the Westchester County Department of Health. While there, she was instrumental in introducing mid-level practitioners into service delivery and the use of community workers for education and outreach. Through her diligence and determination, she also brought about a partnership with Yonkers-based Youth Theatre Interactions to create a teenaged drama troupe that carried HIV/AIDS prevention messages to inner-city youth. 

May 14, 2012
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Introduces Governor Cuomo at Westchester Budget Bill Signing Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins introduced Governor Andrew Cuomo at a ceremonial signing of the 2012 New York State Budget at Manhattanville College in Purchase. The Governor visited Westchester as part of a statewide tour and asked Senator Stewart-Cousins to introduce him before he signed the Budget into law.

April 17, 2012
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Recognizing African American Inventors For Black History Month

Senator Stewart-Cousins was a featured speaker at the New York Power Authority’s Black History Month Program in White Plains. In her remarks, the Senator discussed a new book named, “What Color is my Word?” written by basketball legend Kareem Abdul- Jabbar. The book details notable contributions of African American inventors on American culture and technology.

March 9, 2012
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Celebrating Dominican Independence Day

February 27th marked the 168th anniversary of the Dominican Republic’s independence from Haiti, and Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the occasion at two events in Yonkers. First at a flag- raising and reception at City Hall where she presented a proclamation honoring the Dominican Community’s many contributions to the City of Yonkers, and later at the Dominican Independence Day Celebration at the Yonkers Riverfront Library.

March 9, 2012
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Women Working It Workshop 2012

A workshop, sponsored and moderated by Senator Stewart-Cousins, offered inspiration to more than 100 women in attendance. Entitled “Women Working It,” the event took place during the Forty First annual Legislative Caucus Weekend hosted by the NYS Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislators, Inc. The message of the workshop was “Empowering Women, Changing the World,” and it featured a panel of strong and successful women sharing their experiences and encouraging those in attendance to reach for their goals and make a difference.

March 9, 2012
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Touring Flood Zones Along the Saw Mill River With DOT

Senator Stewart-Cousins invited representatives from the Department of Transportation to her district for a tour of flood zones along the Saw Mill Parkway. On the tour, DOT gave the Senator on-site progress reports of their debris clean- up efforts along the Saw Mill River. In many communities throughout the region, debris build-up has worsened flooding problems. To provide some relief, DOT workers have pulled several tons of downed trees, garbage and rubble from the Saw Mill in Mt. Pleasant and Greenburgh, and they just began clean- up efforts in Yonkers. This project was initiated in January at the request of the Saw Mill River Watershed Advisory Board (SWAB), which works to alleviate the regional flooding problems in Westchester. Senator Stewart-Cousins, who is represented on SWAB by her Director of Constituent Affairs Janis Morris, was instrumental in placing a representative from DOT on the board.

February 23, 2012
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Speaking to Constituents at a Meet and Greet in Yonkers

Senator Stewart-Cousins and Westchester County Board Chairman, Ken Jenkins, hosted a “Coffee and Conversation” meet and greet at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. With over eighty people in attendance, topics covered included: education funding, support for Kinship caregivers, the overall legislative process, healthcare and local issues of concern to residents. The Senator has previously hosted “Coffee and Conversation” events in Mt. Pleasant and Greenburgh with the local County Legislators.

February 23, 2012
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Presenting a Proclamation to Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford

Senator Stewart-Cousins presented a Proclamation to the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company at the grand opening of their brand new facility in Elmsford. The craft beer brewing company re-located from Pleasantville to the larger facility late last month. Owner Scott Vacarro says the new facility will help him ramp up production, sell new products and provide better accommodations to customers. Senator Stewart-Cousins, one of several elected officials and community leaders in attendance, congratulated the company on its continued success and briefly discussed legislation passed by the Senate this year (S.1315) which provides small brewers with greater contract flexibility with wholesalers.

February 23, 2012
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Kicking Off Opening Night of "Big River" at Westchester Broadway Theatre

Senator Stewart-Cousins was invited to kick off the opening night of “Big River” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre as part of their inaugural Black History Month celebration. Prior to the start of the show, the Senator delivered welcoming remarks to a full house of theatre-goers, praising the Westchester Broadway Theatre for their commitment to recognizing Black History Month. She also introduced two Westchester actors who starred in the show that evening; Anthony Malchar of Yonkers who played Huck Finn and FaTye of Elmsford who played Jim. “Big River” is a musical adaptation of the story of Huckleberry Finn. It addresses the enduring themes of acceptance, freedom, diversity and respect.

February 23, 2012
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Yonkers Human Rights Commission and YWCA Celebrate Human Rights Day

Senator Stewart-Cousins was the Mistress of Ceremonies at the annual Human Rights Breakfast organized by the Yonkers YWCA and the Yonkers Human Rights Commission. The breakfast commemorated Human Rights Day and featured a keynote speech by Sobeida Cruz, the first Latina woman to serve as a Vice President at the New York Power Authority. Senator Stewart-Cousins, who authored Westchester’s first human rights laws as a county legislator, said human rights are just as important in our own communities as they are around the world. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, who said, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world…”

January 6, 2012
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Delivers Senate Democratic Conference's 2012 Session Message

Senator Stewart-Cousins outlined the Senate Democratic Conference's legislative priorities for the 2012 legislative session in a video released following Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address. The text of the speech is pasted below.

January 4, 2012
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Westlake High School Students Feature Senator in Documentary

Two students from Westlake High School, Josh Yamuder and Dennis Collen, recently interviewed Senator Stewart-Cousins for a film they are producing about the military draft in the United States. The documentary will present a range of opinions about the draft from public officials, veterans and the students themselves. When completed, it will be entered into the CSPAN StudentCam Competition, a nationwide video contest that encourages students to “think about issues that affect our communities and our nation.” Senator Stewart-Cousins said a draft is acceptable under certain circumstances, but added that young people should be encouraged to voluntarily serve the country, whether in the military or otherwise.

December 23, 2011
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