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Legislator John Testa Helps Secure Low Interest Loan for Church Solar Installation in Buchanan

Legislator John Testa Helps Secure Low Interest Loan for Church Solar Installation in Buchanan

On Monday, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) unanimously approved funding in the amount $103,507 to finance the installation of three roof mounted solar arrays and for improvements to the underlying roof structure at St. Christopher’s Church in Buchanan.  Read more

Released:01-26-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Introduce Economic Development Package at First Meeting after Reorganization

Legislators Introduce Economic Development Package at First Meeting after Reorganization

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) At the first meeting after the Board of Legislators reorganized itself for the start of a new session, several Legislators have introduced their first legislative package of the year to help stimulate economic development in Westchester County.  Read more

Released:01-26-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Board of Legislators Creates Tool to Help Families Save on Heating Oil

Westchester Board of Legislators Creates Tool to Help Families Save on Heating Oil

  One of the biggest seasonal expenses that Westchester families are confronted with is the cost of heating their homes in the winter time. The Westchester Board of Legislators has come up with a tool to help Westchester families get the best price available. Read more

Released:01-14-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Funding for Critical Bridge Repair Receives Bipartisan Support

Funding for Critical Bridge Repair Receives Bipartisan Support

The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved funding through Bond Acts in the amount of $2.85 million for continued repairs to the Fulton Avenue Drawbridge which connects Mount Vernon and Pelham at the site of a major retail and industrial district.  Read more

Released:01-14-2016 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators Honor State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

NY State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

White Plains, NY – As part of its annual Black History & Heritage Celebration, which was held last night, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) honored a former member—New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins—for her many achievements and recent election as Democratic Conference Leader, the first woman in New York state history to hold this important political position.

 

In his remarks during the celebration, which took place before the BOL’s regular meeting in the Chamber, BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) called Stewart-Cousins “an African American whose public service, dedication and compassion serve as superb examples for all Americans.” He added that the state senator has been “a major influence on my career in public service,” and as the new Democratic Conference Leader in the New York State Senate she will “build the kind of bridges in state government over which progress and reform will travel.”

 

Before her election to the State Senate in 2006, Stewart-Cousin served ten years in the BOL, representing the 17th legislative district in Yonkers, which Jenkins now represents.

 

BOL Vice Chair Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon) quoted James Weldon Johnson’s poem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (set to music by Johnson’s brother, it is also known as “The African-American National Anthem”) and referenced Stewart-Cousins’ new position in the State Senate with one line from the poem, “…till now we stand at last / Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.”

 

Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh) presented a proclamation to Stewart-Cousins and noted that the state senator is recognized as a strong advocate for human rights, quality education, affordable health care and making government more efficient.

 

“For a decade Senator Stewart-Cousins served here on the County Board of Legislators where she was elected Majority Whip and later Vice Chair,” continued Legislator Williams. “She authored and pushed for approval landmark legislation like Westchester’s first human rights law, plus laws guaranteeing living wages and smoke-free workplaces, protecting residents against predatory lenders and providing tax cuts for seniors and veterans. We are proud of her. And we are in awe of her many deeds. She is a wonderful example to us all here on this Board.”

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Photo above: New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaking at the BOL’s Black History & Heritage Celebration (Photo credit: Westchester County Board of Legislators / Aviva Meyer)

 

BOL Vice Chair Lyndon Williams, State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Legislator Alfreda Williams and BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins

(Photo credit: Westchester County Board of Legislators / Aviva Meyer)

NY State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

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