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$1.8 Billion Awarded to Build 676 New LIRR and Metro-North Rail Cars

The Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has approved a contract with Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. for up to $1.83 billion to design and build the next generation of rail cars for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. The MTA expects up to 676 cars will be assembled at Kawasaki’s plant in Yonkers and anticipates up to 1,500 people will be employed in New York State.

September 19, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Donating Blood at Empire City Casino Blood Drive

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) donated blood at a drive she co-hosted with Empire City Casino, Senator George Latimer, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer on Wednesday afternoon at the Raceway.

Blood donations collected at the drive helped replenish the New York Blood Center which has faced a shortage of blood supply in recent weeks. Participants also received a free mini-medical exam on site which included information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level.

September 18, 2013
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Media Advisory: Financial Fitness Workshop Will Help Homeowners and Families Take Control of their Finances

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF - 35th District) will co-host a "Financial Fitness Workshop" with the Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovations and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Office this evening at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. The event will offer information about personal budgeting, credit issues, mortgage modification and refinancing options. All presentations and materials will be available in Spanish.

Who: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovations, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Office

September 17, 2013
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White Plains Council of Neighborhood Association Meeting

Every month, the White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations (WPCNA) hosts a meeting to discuss citywide issues impacting White Plains neighborhoods, giving unaffiliated White Plains residents the opportunity to voice their concerns. On Tuesday, September 10th, WPCNA hosted its September meeting at the Education House which Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, along with Senator George Latimer, attended as a guest speaker and discussed legislative issues that directly affect White Plains residents.

September 16, 2013
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September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual tradition celebrating the many ways that Hispanic Americans have contributed to our American identity and history, and a wonderful opportunity to share the rich cultural mosaic that is unique to the Americas and Spain, and to learn about the vital roles Hispanic Americans play in our nation’s past, present and future.

September 15, 2013
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Westchester-Putnam NYSUT Retiree Luncheon

Senator Stewart-Cousins welcomed new members of the Westchester-Putnam NYSUT New Retiree Luncheon on Thursday, September 12th. The Westchester-Putman NYSUT Retirees is a membership-based organization which serves former employees of the New York State school system, providing a community that allows members to stay connected, and advocating for educational, health and other related issues that concern and affect its members.

September 13, 2013
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Statement from Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Observing Yom Kippur

"I would like to wish all those who will be observing Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, this evening and tomorrow an easy and meaningful fast. May you and your loved ones be signed and sealed in the Book of Life."

September 13, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the 9/11 Anniversary

“Twelve years ago today our state, nation and way of life were attacked by terrorists intent on striking fear into the hearts of all Americans. As we remember those we lost on that fateful day, we must also take pride in our heroic first responders who bravely rushed into harm’s way to help their fellow New Yorkers. Their courage, dedication and selflessness should serve as an inspiration and example to us all. We grieve today, and all days, for those we lost, but we should also redouble our efforts to unite as a nation, heal our divisions and serve our fellow citizens.”

Click here to view the official press release.

September 11, 2013
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ArtsWestchester Jazzfest 2013

ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains and the White Plains BID hosted Jazzfest 2013, a three-day jazz celebration in downtown White Plains. A strong advocate for the arts, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined local officials and residents on day two of the festival. She is pictured here on-stage with White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, ArtsWestchester President Janet Langsam, and former Yankees player now jazz musician Bernie Williams.

September 10, 2013
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New Rochelle Downtown Street Fair 325th Anniversary Celebration

New Rochelle hosted its annual street fair celebrating the City's 325th Anniversary on Sunday, September 8th offering a day of fun in the heart of downtown New Rochelle for both children and adults. Many local elected officials and their families came out to join the festivities, including Senator Stewart-Cousins. She is pictured here with Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams (Mount Vernon), New Rochelle City Councilman Jared Rice and his son and New Rochelle City Councilman Ivar Hyden and his wife Diane

 

September 10, 2013
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Marty Walshin Boxing and Training Gym Dedication Ceremony

The Yonkers Police Athletic League (YPAL) can continue to pursue their mission to "provide athletic programs and an open gym for youths of Yonkers", thanks to the generosity of the Marty & Iris Walshin Foundation who recently renovated the boxing and training gym located in the Iris & Marty Walshin Center to commemorate its late founders, Marty and Iris Walshin. Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Yonkers Mayor Mike

September 10, 2013
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Yonkers Family YMCA 131st Anniversary Celebration

On Thursday, September 5th, Senator Stewart-Cousins took part in the celebration of the Yonkers Family YMCA's 131st year in service at the Westchester Manor in Hastings, NY, honoring individuals for their involvement in keeping the Y's mission alive, including Pastor James Hassell who received the Faith in Action Award and Sanah Susan Naber who received the Youth Development Award.

September 9, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins at the Elmsford Little League Annual End-of-Season Picnic

The little league season has been over for months, but on September 7th, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the Elmsford Little League for their annual end-of season awards picnic. The Senator congratulated the players on another great year of baseball and praised the organization for their commitment.

September 8, 2013
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Riverfest 2013

Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by Riverfest 2013 in Yonkers on September 7th, pictured here with a constituent. The Senator was one of the original creators of the annual community festival in downtown Yonkers.

September 8, 2013
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Riverdale Family Day BBQ

Senator Stewart-Cousins joined residents of 85 Riverdale in Yonkers for their Family Day BBQ on September 7th.

September 8, 2013
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Statement from Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

"As we approach the start of the Jewish High Holy Days, I want to wish all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah a happy new year. Let us hope that this new year ushers in a time of joy, progress and prosperity for our Jewish neighbors, and all New Yorkers. May we all have a Shanah Tovah U’Metukah – a happy, healthy and sweet new year."

September 4, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins at Summer Soul Jam

Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated part of her Labor Day weekend at the Summer Soul Jam Concert where she "jammed" with constituents to LIVE! performances by Atlantic Starr, The Force MD's, Melle Mel and United Funk Order to name a few on Saturday, August 31st at Yosmite Park in Greenburgh, NY. 

September 4, 2013
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Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Great March on Washington

On Wednesday, August 28th, Senator Stewart-Cousins commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Great March on Washington D.C. outside the Westchester County Courthouse by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, recalling Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech that changed the meaning of equality for all. Click here to view Senator Stewart-Cousins statement on the historict event

September 4, 2013
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Have a Safe & Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day celebrates the work ethic and indomitable spirit of American workers, and the labor movement that formed to protect them from unsafe work conditions and unfair practices. This Labor Day weekend, let us take the time to reflect on our values of hard work and high quality results, and be thankful for the high standard of safety and fairness that so many struggled to establish.

August 30, 2013
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Community Voices Heard Public Forum "Poverty: 50 Years Later"

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".

August 30, 2013
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