The ribbon cutting at the Library Lofts in downtown Yonkers took place on Wednesday, July 23rd. The former library building has been transformed into 23 rental apartments and a retail store. The city got a $3.5 million RestoreNY grant plus several million dollars to also reveal the Saw Mill River covered over by pavement just behind the building. This is a public-private partnership involving Fidelco Realty Group, Empire State Development and the City of Yonkers, and is located in her district.
Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, was joined by Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams, and the President of Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., Hiroki Iwasaki, to announce final approval of a $500,000 state grant to keep the company and 375 employees in Yonkers.
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.
Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on July 17th in White Plains to announce that they would propose legislation that would protect New York women in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby which limits the scope of contraceptive mandate and results in the loss of insurance coverage for prescription contraceptive for many women. The Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act would require employers both to give current employees 90 days’ notice before changing contraceptive coverage and to notify prospective employees of any contraceptive coverage they offer their employees.
A lovely and talented young woman, Miss Westchester 2014 Mayra Avila with the Senate resolution in her honor. She came to this country at age 4 from Ecuador, attended public school in Yonkers, graduated from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry and was the valedictorian of her graduate school class also at Mercy College. She teaches math in Ossining and is encouraging young girls to believe in themselves and their abilities. A wonderful role model who will next compete to be Miss New York.
As a way to encourage more women to pursue a career in public policy, Senator Stewart-Cousins has made it a tradition to attend the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women to speak to high school girls about her role as a State Senator and Democratic Conference Leader, discussing how they can change so many lives in the role and what they can do now to start preparing.
On July 12th, she stopped by the Greenburgh Central School District Summer Retreat to meet with educators and learn more about their needs for the upcoming school year. Also at the event (pictured with the Senator) was Assemblyman Tom Abinanti.
Are you behind in your taxes? FREE TAX AND MORTGAGE COUNSELING EVENT ON JULY 15TH AT THE GREENBURGH TOWN HALL!
The town of Greenburgh is in the process of foreclosing on properties that are behind on their property taxes. Many homeowners don’t understand that property tax foreclosure puts them in jeopardy of losing their homes, and the entire equity in their homes as well – even if they owe only a small amount. Additionally, many homeowners are not getting all the property tax exemptions they are entitled to, and are therefore paying more than they need to in taxes.
Are you uninsured or underinsured? The Health Department will be offering FREE immunizations for 12 months to 18 year olds, by appointment. Navigators will be on hand to help parents and guardians sign their children up for the health insurance they need.
As New Yorkers join in the celebration of the 238th birthday of our nation today, let us not forget those who came before us. The determination to establish our independence resulted in the birth of our country. Their strength, courage and spirit remain American characteristics today.
We cannot take for granted the freedom and protections we enjoy and expect.We owe a debt of gratitude to all veterans and those who serve in the military fighting for our freedom.
It is hard to believe that it has only been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law, following hundreds of years of discrimination against black Americans in the most basic human rights including education, housing, and employment.
Today serves as a reminder to all Americans that the Civil Rights movement and this landmark legislation opened the doors of inclusion regardless of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.
Albany, NY - Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be a guest on Inside City Hall tonight airing at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PMfollowed by Capital Tonight airing at 8:00 PM & 11:30 PM.
WHAT: Interview on Inside City Hall & Interview on Capital Tonight
WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
On June 27th, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct in Dobbs Ferry to break ground on the restoration of the Keeper's House. From 1857 on, this landmark structure was home to the superintendent for this stretch of the underground waterway that ran into New York City. The Keeper's House will become a visitor and education center for those who walk along the trailway.
A known advocate for women's right to choose, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at the Westchester Choice Matters event on Wednesday, June 25th held at the Scarsdale Women's Club.
Senate Stewart-Cousins joined State Housing Commissioner Darryl Towns, Mayor Mike Spano, and others at the Grant Park Apartments Phase II Ground Breaking Ceremony on Tuesday, June 24th on the site of the former Mulford Gardens located in Yonkers. Grant Park II is the fourth phase of the redevelopment of the public housing complex, and consists of two four-story buildings that contain a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments, totaling in 56 new units. They are being made available to individuals and households earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income.