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WSOS Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (WSOS) is perfect for anyone trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as those soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions. This presentation will take place on the following dates and location:

September 22, 2014
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Quinnstock: A Quinn for the Win Event Fighting ALS

Senator Stewart-Cousins appeared at the Quinnstock event in Yonkers on Saturday, September 20th, to support Yonkers native Pat Quinn of Quinn for the Win and his wife, Jen. Pat founded the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS, a disease he suffers from, and aided the Senator with her Ice Bucket Challenge.

September 22, 2014
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Greenway Shoprite's Help Bag For Hunger

To continue her efforts in the fight against hunger, Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow, took part in Greenway ShopRite's "Help Bag Food for Hunger" Event on Wednesday, September 17th, during National Hunger Awareness Month. This year’s ShopRite Partners In Caring contest issued a new challenge to ShopRite associates – to raise an unprecedented $1.5 million to support food banks in the communities ShopRite serves.

September 19, 2014
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VNSNY Choice "Preventing Falls Among Seniors" Seminar

Senator Stewart-Cousins was one of the co-sponsors of the VNSNY Choice "Preventing Falls Among Seniors" Seminar which took place on Wednesday, September 17th, at the Coyne Park Community Center in Yonkers. The purpose of the seminar was to provide seniors and their loved ones tips and techniques to stay strong on their feet. Also at the event, and co-sponsors of the seminar, were Mayor Mike Spano, Senator George Latimer, Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, and Assemblymember Gary Pretlow. 

September 19, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizing Edie Windsor, Marriage Equality Pioneer

(Yonkers - September 18th) Senator Stewart-Cousins was pleased to be able to personally recognize marriage equality pioneer Edie Windsor at an event sponsored by the Westchester Jewish Community Services Center Lane, the only LGBTQ Youth and Community Education Center in Westchester County. The Senator said, "Edie is an inspiration for both young and old alike for fighting for equal rights and the historic Supreme Court decision that has set a benchmark for other court decisions that have followed."

September 19, 2014
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The Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins took part in the Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17th, in New Rochelle City Hall to recognize this year's recipient for their service to the community. This year's recipients were the Rev. Hyacinth E. Lee, deacon at Trinity St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Joel Fridovich, administrator of Campus Alternative High School. The mission of the Coalition for Mutual Respect is "to improve human relations and understanding, while instilling respect for the different ethnicities and faiths of the richly cultured populations of New Rochelle and Westchester County".  

September 18, 2014
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State Delegation Calls on MTA/Metro-North to Include White Plains Train Station in 5-Year Capital Plan

(White Plains - September 18th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the three other members of the state delegation representing White Plains (Senator George Latimer, and Assemblymembers Amy Paulin and David Buchwald), along with Mayor Thomas Roach, Congresswoman Nita Lowey's representative, and Veronica Vanderpool of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign at the Metro-North train station. Collectively, they asked the MTA/Metro-North to include an upgrade to this facility as part of the 5-year Capital Plan. The station services approximately 21,000 commuters on a daily basis, not only the Senator's constituents in White Plains, but also reverse commuters from Manhattan coming to the region for work.

September 18, 2014
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DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On September 27 from 10AM to 2PM, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with various law enforcement partners throughout New York State, will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs (with the exception of liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches).

September 27, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Mill Street Press Conference

Senator Stewart-Cousins helped kick off the demolition of a building on Warburton Avenue that will make way for Phase Two of the Saw Mill River Daylighting Project in downtown Yonkers. $1 million in state funding through the Regional Economic Development Council is making the Mill Street Courtyard possible. Phase 1 of the project, completed with $8 million in funding the Senator secured when she first took office in 2007, created Van der Donck Park by removing the asphalt and the parking lot at Larkin Plaza, exposing the Saw Mill River and creating the park that surrounds the river. This project is a key catalyst to revive the downtown area with new retail, business and housing opportunities.

September 15, 2014
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Yonkers Mexican & Central American Festival

(Yonkers - September 14th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined in on the celebration of Mexican Independence Day (Grito de Dolores) at the annual Yonkers Mexican & Central American Festival.

 

September 15, 2014
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Heavenly Productions Foundation Backpack Donation Event

Thanks to the Heavenly Productions Foundation, 600 backpacks and other school supplies were given to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy in Yonkers on Friday, September 12th. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Mayor Mike Spano, Principal Natalie Davy, Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Heavenly Productions Foundation, and John Wallace, former New York Knicks player and board member of the foundation.

September 13, 2014
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September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

As a New Yorker, I still feel the sadness, the grief, the tragedy of September 11th. We pause to reflect and remember our loved ones who we lost that day, thirteen years ago. They were our friends, our family members, our neighbors, our co-workers, our first-responders including EMTs, firefighters, and police officers.

In the days that followed, a new resolve began. People came together, to help each other in our greatest time of need. Today, that resolve has become a National Day of Service. I applaud those who are volunteering their time this September 11th, for this Day of Service strengthens individuals, communities and our nation.

September 12, 2014
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St. John's Riverside Hospital Green Roof Press Conference

Senator Stewart-Cousins got to see the green results - the new green roof on St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers on Wednesday, September 10th. 24,000 square feet or 70% of the asphalt roof was removed and replaced with green, grassy plants. The plants capture and recycle the rainwater, removing it from the stormwater runoff that would end up in the Hudson River below. And the green roof also helps the hospital improve its energy-efficiency in terms of heating and cooling needs. A nearly million dollar state grant, through the Regional Economic Development Council and the State's Environmental Facilities Corporation, made the project possible.

September 10, 2014
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Pierson Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

(Tarrytown - September 9th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Mayor Drew Fixell, Village Administrator Michael Blau, and other elected officials and friends at a ribbon cutting ceremony which celebrated the opening of the redesigned and revitalized Pierson Park and Andre Brook in the Village of Tarrytown. Since the revilatization project began in 2008, the Senator has been a strong supporter of the Village's efforts to create an oasis and recreation spot along the Hudson River which was made possible by a total of $3.2 million in grants from various agencies including the Department of State ($2.37 million).

September 10, 2014
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Preventing Falls Among Seniors: Tips & Techniques for Keeping Elder New Yorkers Strong on Their Feet

One in three adults over 65 will suffer a serious fall this year.

DON'T LET FALLS TRIP YOU UP

Join experts from VSNY CHOICE for a free seminar

Preventing Falls Among Seniors: Tips & Techniques for Keeping Elder New Yorkers Strong on Their Feet

September 17, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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ArtsWestchester Jazzfest 2014

A big fan of jazz music, Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the annual Jazzfest on Sunday, September 7th in White Plains, to greet constituents and see some of her favorite local musicians play. Hosted by ArtsWestchester, Jazzfest is "a six-day celebration of jazz in downtown White Plains, culminating in an outdoor jazz concert with delicious food from area restaurants". For more information about Jazzfest, please visit www.ArtsWestchester.org

September 8, 2014
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New Rochelle Street Fair

Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the annual New Rochelle Street Fair & Music Festival on Sunday, September 7th, which featured over 100 vendors, a classic car show, music at the Memorial Plaza, rides, games, crafts, facepainting and more! Also at the Fair were Councilman Jared Rice, New Rochelle Public Library Director Thomas Geoffino, Councilman Ivar Hyden, and Mayor Noam Bramson, pictured here with the Senator. While at the Fair, the Senator was interviewed by WFAS Radio's Bob Marrone, and caught up with Sam the Newspaper Man.

September 8, 2014
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Happy Grandparents Day!

Today is Grandparents Day, and I’d like to recognize the important role these relatives play in our lives. They are often our first storytellers, teaching us about our family and more importantly, about life. And today, many grandparents are also helping to raise their grandchildren because a parent or their own child is unable to.

I voted in favor of a resolution declaring September as Kinship Care Month in New York. More than 150,000 children in our state are living with grandparents, and nationwide, that figure is 2.7 million children. We should recognize and thank these elders for sharing their love and their homes, and forging the special bond of a kin or relative.

September 7, 2014
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New Rochelle YMCA Tour

On Thursday, September 4th, Senator Stewart-Cousins toured the New Rochelle YMCA facility, meeting with some of the Board members to learn more about the programs they offered. Located on 50 Weyman Ave, the New Rochelle YMCA is "an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility". For more information, you can visit their website atwww.NRYMCA.org.

September 5, 2014
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Food Bank for Westchester September's Hunger Action Month

Senator Stewart-Cousins wore orange on Thursday, September 4th, to help the Food Bank For Westchester raise awareness during September's Hunger Action Month. Volunteers joined in at the Elmsford warehouse, raising their arms in the fight to end hunger. They estimate 200,000 people in Westchester are hungry or food-challenged, 66,000 of them are children and 44,000 are seniors. #GoOrangetoEndHunger

September 4, 2014
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