Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins participated in "Poverty: 50 Years Later" community forum on Wednesday, August 28th at the Riverfront Library in Yonkers, NY. Hosted by Community Voices Heard, the forum was an open discussion about poverty in the area, and what the community can do to end it for good. Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a "member-led multi-racial organization, principally women of color and low-income families in New York State that builds power to secure social, economic and racial justice for all".
Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) announced today that starting August 19th through the end of December, registration to receive the Basic STAR exemption will be open. All resident homeowners who wish to receive the exemption for 2014 and subsequent years must register with the New York State Tax Department as required by new legislation passed this year to eliminate fraud and duplication.
Senator Stewart-Cousins is partnering with Empire City Casino and the New York Blood Center (NYBC) to host an on-site community blood drive on Wednesday, September 18th from 2:00PM to 8:00PM. All donors will be entered into a sweepstakes for one pair of tickets to the Superbowl XLVIII. While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended! Click here to schedule an appointment.
“Today is the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. The fact that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s vision is being marked by the first African-American President reminds us all of the power of his words and the collective efforts of the hundreds of thousands of individuals who joined his call for equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., addressing the crowd and the nation, spoke of a time when peace would reign and when compassion and understanding between all races would be a reality. He taught us that violence never brings permanent peace, hate never brings ever-lasting change, and only compassion, civility, and togetherness will rebuild a broken community.
In recognition of Women's Equality Day on August 26th, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins appeared on Capital Tonight last night to discuss how pushing for ALL 10-points of the Governor's Women's Equality Agenda can continue to make New York the leader in Women's Rights.
On Monday, August 26th, Senator Stewart-Cousins paid a visit to the residents of the Regency Extended Care Center who were very excited to be greeted by their Senator in person. Regency Extende Care Center is a rehabiliation center that provides the "highest quality short and long-term care for people who are elderly, convalescent, handicapped or chronically ill" located in Yonkers, NY.
Show your support for women living with ovarian cancer, the fifth leading cause of cancer death amongh American women, by wearing the color teal on September 7th with the brave women who are fighting for their lives against this disease.
“Today is Women’s Equality Day when we commemorate the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. We have made great strides in achieving full equality for women here in New York but we still have much more work to do. I commend the Governor for his Women's Equality Act legislation. It is unfortunate that the Senate was unable to pass the entire 10-point Act.
Attention homeowners! If you are one of the millions of New Yorkers receiving the Basic STAR exemption, you must re-register with the Department of Taxation and Finance in order to receive the exemption in 2014. This is part of a new law, passed by the Legislature this year, to protect taxpayers against fraudulent or inappropriate STAR exemptions. Registration has already begun and will continue through the end of December.
You can apply online by visiting this website, or by calling 518-457-2036. You will need your STAR code to apply. In the next couple of weeks, homeowners will receive a letter from the New York Tax Dept. which will include their STAR code.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins visited the Sound Shore Medical Center on Wednesday, August 14th to receive a skirt made especially for her by Mr. Edrick Forde, a former tailor who will be celebrating his 106th birthday on September 11th. In a quote after the visit, Senator Stewart-Cousins commented, “I am incredibly thankful to Mr. Forde for the beautiful skirt. He is still as talented a tailor as he ever was, and I am so thrilled to know him. Adult day services, like those offered to Mr. Forde by Ludington Adult Day Services, are critically important because they provide senior citizens with opportunities to stay active and engaged in any number of activities.
Become more financially fit by taking control of your finances! Learn how to budget, deal with credit issues and find out how you can lower your mortgage payment at the Financial Fitness Workshop on Tuesday, September 17th at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. Presented by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Community Housing Innovations, Inc. and the NYS Attorney General Homeownership Protection Program. The Workshop begins at 6:00PM.
Senator Stewart-Cousins participated in the National Night Out, "America's NIGHT OUT against crime" on August 6th at the 3rd and 4th Precinct in Yonkers. National Night Out is a nationwide effort to promote crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie.
Leader Stewart-Cousins stopped by the Westchester/Putnam Central Body Labor AFL-CIO Picnic on Sunday, August 4th at Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale, NY. Also in attendance were Ken Jenkins, Chair of the Board of Legislators (BOL) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the Annual Heritage of India Festival on Sunday, August 4th at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, NY. Sponsored by Westchester County Parks, the Indian American Cultural Association of Westchester, Nielsen, Dr. Anil and Anju Joshi, and Friends of Westchester County Parks, the Annual Heritage of India Festival ends the Westchester County's annual series of cultural heritage celebration with "exotic sights, sounds and flavors of distant India", featuring delicious foods of India, live music, folk dancing and cultural performances, and a fashion show showcasing colorful native clothing.
Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized with a proclamation Top Class Limousine's 25 years of service on Sunday, August 4th in Yonkers, NY. Top Class Limo has been awarded "The Best of Yonkers Limo Service" for many years, and continues to live up to its name by providing "top class" limo service in Yonkers and surrounding area. Pictured with Senator Stewart-Cousins accepting the proclamation is John Khader and his family.
Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to the Coalition for Scarsdale Schools (CSS) last night at a celebration of the passage of the 2013 Scarsdale School District budget, congratulating the CSS for their hard work and advocacy on behalf of Scarsdale's schools, and reaffirming her commitment to fight for public education as their partner in Albany. The party was held at the home of Diane and Mark Greenwald.
The Senator, a former teacher and longtime proponent of education, joined a local Yonkers third grader to read "The Talking Egg," although the young student did most of the reading. The JCY Summer Reading Buddies program pairs volunteers with children to work on their assigned summer reading projects. The program also offers life skills workshops for parents of participating students.
Leader Stewart-Cousins attended the Interfaith Ramadan Dinner hosted by the Turkish Cultural Center (TCC) of Westchester on Thursday, July 25th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY. The Dinner featured LIVE! Sufi music accompanied by the Whirling Dervish dance performance. TCC-Westchester is a non-profit organization "dedicated to promoting harmony in diverse cultural setting in the U.S."
Senator Stewart-Cousins showed her support for the arts by attending the Theodor D. Young Summer Jazz Series, a FREE event in Greenburgh, NY which occurs every Thursday from 7:00PM-9:30PM. The Theodore D. Young Community Center, Department of Community Resources seeks to improve the quality of life for Greenburgh residents by providing a variety of educational, cultural, recreational, and social activities and services. The original mission of the Center set forth 30 years ago continues today with the goal of lessening problems caused by poverty, racism, and cultural deprivation.