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Funding the Arts in Westchester

Senator Stewart-Cousins secured a $100,000 capital grant from New York State to renovate the ArtsWestchester headquarters in White Plains. The national historic landmark in downtown White Plains was buit in 1928, and is owned by ArtsWestchester. The grant allowed the organization to upgrade the perimeter heating units and install of new roofing, sprinklers, energy efficient lighting and smoke detectors.

November 8, 2012
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Ribbon Cutting for New Wing of Yonkers YWCA

Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated the expansion of the Yonkers YWCA Afterschool Program at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Yonkers. A new "after school" wing was built onto the existing building for the expanded program. Senator Stewart-Cousins was able to secure funding from New York State for this project.

November 8, 2012
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Visiting Senior Citizens in New Rochelle

Senator Stewart-Cousins visited some of her new constituents at the Hugh Doyle Senior Center in New Rochelle.

November 8, 2012
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Senator Co Hosts Yonkers Small Business Resource Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins, Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, Mayor Mike Spano, along with co-sponsors Empire State Development, Women’s Enterprise Development Center, New York State Department of Labor, the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, the Yonkers City Council President’s Office, the Yonkers City Council and other co-sponsors hosted a small business resource forum for small business owners and those interested in learning more about starting a small business in Yonkers.

November 8, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Co-Hosting Foreclosure Prevention Event

Senator Stewart-Cousins is co-hosting a Foreclosure Prevention Event in partnership with the Department of Financial Services and State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer. If you or someone you know is having trouble with mortgage payments, this event will offer free consultations with foreclosure prevention experts from the Department of Financial Service's Foreclosure Relief Unit. These experts have been traveling the State informing homeowners of their options to prevent foreclosure.

The event is happening on August 3rd, from 11AM - 7PM outside of 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd White Plains, NY.

August 3, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Senator Applauds Con Edison Settlement

Senator Stewart-Cousins congratulated the members of UWUA Local 1-2 and Con Edison for resolving their contract dispute and bringing 8500 workers back to work. She also acknowledged Governor Cuomo's key role in the negotiations. Members of UWUA Local 1-2 had been locked out for four weeks due to a contract dispute, but the two sides came to an agreement on July 27th, just hours before severe thunder storms threatened the region.

July 30, 2012
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Senator's Mandate Relief Bill Signed Into Law

A mandate relief bill sponsored by Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman George Latimer was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Senate bill 6634-A/Assembly bill 9570-A will allow local governments more flexibility with financing and save taxpayer dollars.

"This new law gives local governments around New York State more flexibility to deal with their expenses," said Senator Stewart-Cousins, ranking member of the Senate Local Government Committee. "Many cash-strapped municipalities are struggling with budget deficits and this bill will allow them to save money and help cover the costs of government without passing the burden on to the taxpayers."

July 30, 2012
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Encouraging Aspiring Women Attorneys to Be Involved in Government

Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to a group of high school-aged aspiring female attorneys at the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women sponsored by Pace Law School and the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges. The Senator spoke to the students about the legislative process and the importance of voting.

July 30, 2012
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Greenburgh Resident Celebrates 101st Birthday

Celebrating his 101st birthday, Greenburgh resident Nathaniel Rose received a proclamation from Senator Stewart-Cousins this week, recognizing his extraordinary life. Known to his many friends as Ned, Mr. Rose had a long and distinguished career in a variety of professions.

July 30, 2012
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Senator Joins Former Yankees Cecil Fielder and Bernie Williams at Ridge Hill

On July 16th, Senator Stewart-Cousins had the distinct pleasure of introducing Bernie Williams and his All Star Band during one of many free summer concerts hosted by Forest City Ratner and WFAS at Ridge Hill.

Led by New York Yankees great Bernie Williams, the band played to the delight of hundreds who enjoyed "smooth" music on a hot summer evening. Also in attendance was former Yankee Cecil Fielder.

July 30, 2012
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Senator Volunteers at JCY Summer Reading Buddies

Senator Stewart-Cousins volunteered as a guest reader at the Jewish Council of Yonkers' (JCY)summer reading buddies program at the Yonkers Riverfront Library on July 24. The Senator read a story to two sisters attending elementary school in Yonkers, and helped the girls write their own story when they finished reading. The JCY Summer Reading Buddies Program pairs volunteer readers with Yonkers children from 10-12 every Tuesday and Wednesday. About 350 children per session attend the program in Yonkers. The program also operates in Mt. Vernon. If you want to be a volunteer reader, call Randee Ginsberg at 914-423-5009.

July 30, 2012
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Mandate Relief Bill Sponsored By Senator Stewart-Cousins Approved by Senate

Saves Taxpayer Money and Increases Flexibility for Local Governments

(Albany) - A mandate relief bill sponsored by Senator Stewart-Cousins was approved by the State Senate Wednesday. Senate bill 6634A would extend the repayment terms of short term loans issued to local governments in 2007 and 2008 -- the beginning of the economic downturn. The repayment terms would be extended from five to seven years, which will save local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars over the two year period.

May 31, 2012
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Senator Attends "Spring Fling" with The Tarrytown Seniors

Senator Stewart-Cousins enjoyed lunch at the Tarrytown Senior Spring Fling at the Tappan Hill restaurant, capping off another annual tradition.

May 25, 2012
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Senate Approves Measure to Improve Oversight of Facilities Serving People with Special Needs

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) voted in favor of Senate bill 7400, which creates a new state investigative and oversight agency known as the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. The Center would be responsible for ensuring that individuals served by residential facilities and day programs operated, licensed, or certified by six state agencies are protected from abuse or neglect.

May 25, 2012
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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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