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Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Insisting She Won’t Run For County Exec, Yields Floor To Sen. Latimer

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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins with Damon K. Jones on PBP Radio,
Sunday, June 14, 2015 [Black Westchester]
Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins clearly repeatedly denied she is running for Westchester County executive at a press conference at the Capitol, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, which was called to discuss a bill that would require President Donald Trump to release his taxes.

Sen. Stewart-Cousins repeatedly insisted on Tuesday she is not running for Westchester County executive in the democratic primary to unseat Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino who is running for his third term.

“I’m here,” she said at a news conference. “We’re here. We’re doing this.”

Asked again, she repeated: “I’m not running. I’m not running for county executive. I’m not running for county executive. I’m not running, I’m not running and I’m not running.”

And when the question came back again — interpreted as being less than Shermanesque — she once again insisted she’s not currently a candidate.

“I am saying that I am not running for county executive,” she said. “I can say that again. I am saying that I am not running for county executive because I am not running for county executive.”

The question was raised in part because of the highly publicized speculations that she might be next to throw her hat in the ring for the County’s top seat.

The exchange came after Latimer told reporters last month Stewart-Cousins had acknowledged to him in private she was considering the race and that there was a poll with her name in the mix, despite the Yonkers Democrat insisting she was “not running” for the post.

“First of all, again, you’re asking questions based on a premise you have based on conversations with colleagues I have,” she said. “I usually don’t discuss those.”

Stewart-Cousins yielded the floor to Latimer — both of them have known each other since serving on the county Legislature.

“He’s volunteered to be the focal point of those kinds of questions because he’s thinking this is the job he wants,” she said, and turning to him, “Go right ahead.”

Latimer, behind her, took the floor.

Latimer, at the podium, said: “I have a good friend in Andrea Stewart-Cousins. She’s said she’s not running. I’m running. Ken Jenkins is running.”

Despite Sen. Stewart-Cousins setting the record straight on running for County Exec, there are still many tossing around her name as the one with the most probable chance to unseat Astorino.

Sen. Latimer, who born and raised in Mount Vernon‘s southside, will be appearing on PBP Radio, Sunday, May 21st at 6:30 PM.

AJ Woodson

AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show. AJ is a Father, Brother, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Hip-Hop Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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Bill Cappello May 11, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Was Sen. Stewart-Cousins bullied by the men into staying out of running for County Executive? It sure seems that way to me. Some Democratic men are as much misogynistic as are some Republican men. Those groups just don’t want to see a woman in any higher office of political authority.


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