Thanksgiving is a time for us to celebrate with loved ones and reflect on all that we are thankful for. As we observe this holiday, let us consider the needs of our less fortunate friends and neighbors. Donating time, money and food items to organizations that serve Thanksgiving meals to members of the public in need is an excellent way to celebrate this holiday and give a helping hand to our fellow New Yorkers.
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.
Don't forget, November 5th is Election Day, an opportunity to make our voices heard and shape the future of our state and its policies. When more New Yorkers vote, democracy thrives and our government more truly represents the people it’s meant to serve.
New Yorks' November 5th ballot includes many ballot measures, some of which will affect New Yorkers for decades or more. Some issues addressed by the propositions include casino gambling, service credits for veterans, age limits for judges, and a proposed land exchange to allow mining in the Adirondacks. Also to be decided this election day are the mayoral, district attorney, and county executive races for many cities and counties throughout New York State.
Halloween is a festive time of year, especially for children, but it is also an important time to increase vigilance and be on the lookout for possible safety hazards so take the necessary steps to ensure that Halloween celebrations remain safe and fun for all participants.
Colonie, NY - A little known tragedy in world history was remembered tonight as Ukrainian Americans in the Capital District begin a week of activities to mark 80 years since the forced famine that killed millions in the 1930’s.
An exhibit on what’s called the Holodomor, or death by hunger, is on display all week at the Colonie Town Library.
On Monday night the library was also the site of the screening of a documentary on the famine genocide.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Lung cancer continues to affect thousands of New Yorkers and their families every year, and represents a significant risk to public health. Thousands of lives can be saved each year through awareness, healthful lifestyles, and medical care.