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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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$43 Million Awarded to Westchester County for Economic Development Projects

Senator Stewart-Cousins was in Albany for the first Regional Economic Development Council Awards Ceremony last week. The Mid Hudson Regional Economic Development Council won $67 million in grants, with $43 million going to Westchester County. The grants, part of this year’s budget agreement, will fund several key projects including $4 million for a biotechnology incubator at New York Medical College in Valhalla, $990,000 to install green roofs at St. John’s Riverside Hospital, $400,000 to revitalize the Tarrytown Music Hall, a total of $359,000 for projects in the Villages of Sleepy Hollow and Dobbs Ferry, and $40,000 for a job-training program at the Yonkers YWCA. In addition, $29.6 million will help transform School 6 in Yonkers into a 120 unit affordable housing building.

December 14, 2011
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Senator Discusses Mandate Relief with School Superintendents

Senator Stewart-Cousins was one of several Hudson Valley State legislators to attend a meeting of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents. The topic of the meeting was mandate relief, and how the State can help cash- strapped school districts save money. The superintendents presented several specific proposals, many of which the Senator supported and promised follow up.

December 14, 2011
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Senator Honors Dobbs Ferry High School Football Team

Senator Stewart-Cousins presented a proclamation to the Dobbs Ferry High School Varsity Football Team to recognize their achievement as the Class C New York State Champions. The Senator presented the award at a victory parade and celebration in honor of the team on Cedar Street in Dobbs Ferry. She then joined Mayor Hartley Connett and trustees for the community Christmas tree lighting.

December 14, 2011
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Senate Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day

On December 7th, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution commemorating Pearl Harbor Day in honor of the American lives lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii in 1941. Four days later, Senator Stewart-Cousins presented a copy of the resolution to Harold Dworetzky, Chairman of the Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans following a Flag raising event the group held at the historic Sherwood House in Yonkers.

December 14, 2011
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Senator Meets with Roosevelt High School Skills USA Team

Senator Stewart-Cousins recently met with the Roosevelt High School Skills USA Team and their teacher Mr. Frank Leonetti to discuss proposed legislation that would prohibit smoking in State parks. Skills USA is a national organization that helps high school and college students develop leadership and career skills. The Roosevelt team has been working on a project to raise money and awareness about cancer research. They requested the meeting with Senator Stewart-Cousins as part of their project and also organized “A Walk to Support the Fight Against Cancer” which will take place at 10:30 AM on December 17 at the Roosevelt High School Athletic Field. Their work will culminate in June at the Skills USA National Leadership Conference, where they will share their experiences with other Skills USA Teams around the country.

December 14, 2011
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Senator Attends Fundraiser for Earthquake Victims in Turkey

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended a fundraiser at the Westchester Turkish Cultural Center benefitting victims of the recent earthquakes in Van, Turkey. On October 23 a magnitude 7.2 tremor hit the province of Van in Eastern Turkey, reportedly killing 600 people. And just weeks later a magnitude 5.7 aftershock struck the same region. The November 12 fundraiser featured live music and a bake sale. All proceeds benefitted the Helping Hands Relief Foundation, which helps victims around the world respond to natural disasters. If you are interested in donating, visit the Westchester Turkish Cultural Center website for more information.

November 23, 2011
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Senator Celebrates Veteran's Day 2011

On Veteran’s Day, Senator Stewart-Cousins attended several events throughout her district to honor the service of our military. The following Sunday, she participated in the 2nd annual “Walk for Wounded Veterans” at Tibbetts Brook Park. Organized in part by Shoprite, the walk raised money for Tower of Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides service dogs to wounded veterans. For more information about The Tower of Hope, click here.

November 23, 2011
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New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Commits $150,000 to Yonkers SNUG Program

(Yonkers) - A successful violence prevention program in Yonkers received welcome news from the State today. At a press conference, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF/I – 35th District) announced that the Yonkers Family YMCA will receive $150,000 from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services to keep Project SNUG running in Yonkers. The program was in jeopardy of shutting down this year due to lack of funding but has been credited by the Yonkers Police Department with helping to reduce shootings in the city by 39%.

Senator Stewart-Cousins, who initially brought Project SNUG to Yonkers, was joined at the press conference by Yonkers Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett, YMCA Executive Director Shawyn Howard and the Yonkers SNUG workers.

November 15, 2011
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Ballot Marking Devices Help Voters with Disabilities Cast Their Ballots

As Election Day approaches, Senator Stewart-Cousins is reminding registered New Yorkers to vote. And with the new paper ballot system, the Senator and the Westchester Independent Living Center are raising awareness about the Ballot Marking Device (BMD), which helps voters with disabilities privately and independently cast their ballots.

November 2, 2011
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Calls For Mass Transit on Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement

(Tarrytown) - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF/ I – 35th District) is calling on Federal and State officials to include mass transit options in plans to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge. This comes in the wake of President Obama’s selection of the 3 mile Hudson River crossing as one of fourteen nationwide infrastructure projects to receive expedited federal review and approval. Her statement is below.

October 20, 2011
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Senator with Miss Westchester and Miss Teen Westchester at the Yonkers Columbus Day Parade

Joining thousands of parade-goers and marchers, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins took part in the 84th Annual Yonkers Columbus Day Parade. Organized by the Yonkers Columbus Day Celebration Committee the parade celebrates Italian heritage in the city of Yonkers and beyond. Marchers included dance and music performers as well as community groups and elected officials. During the parade, the Senator stopped for a picture with Miss Westchester and Miss Teen Westchester.

October 18, 2011
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Praises Decision to Expedite Tappan Zee Bridge Project

(Tarrytown) - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF/ I – 35th District) praised President Obama for selecting the Tappan Zee Bridge as one of fourteen infrastructure projects nationwide for expedited federal review and approval. She also thanked Governor Cuomo for advocating the need for this project to the Federal Government. Her statement is below.

October 11, 2011
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Groundbreaking for Dobbs Ferry Shoreline Stabilization Project

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Shoreline Stabilization Project in Dobbs Ferry. The project will restore and stabilize portions of the eroding Hudson River shoreline in the village’s Waterfront Park, which have not been reinforced in more than 50 years. It was jointly financed by the Village of Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, a grant from the New York Department of State’s Waterfront Revitalization Program, and a generous $1 million donation from Dobbs Ferry philanthropists Marie and Arch McKellar. This is the first phase of the village’s broader waterfront revitalization program, which will eventually include a River Walk, a kayak launch and additional green space for recreational activities.

September 29, 2011
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Disaster Recovery Information for Homeowners, Businesses and Local Governments

Here is some helpful information for homeowners, businesses and municipal officials still recovering from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Sotmr Lee.

September 29, 2011
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Meets First Lady Michelle Obama

Senator Stewart-Cousins briefly met First Lady Michelle Obama at an event in New York City.

September 29, 2011
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Calling For Action on Flooding

Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a press conference with US Senator Charles Schumer, calling on state, local and county officials to clear debris from the Saw Mill River. She also called on FEMA to cover the costs of this clean-up through their Public Assistance Grant Program, which helps government entities pay for storm recovery.

September 29, 2011
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