Speaker Carl Heastie today traveled to Westchester to continue his statewide tour with Assemblymember Chris Burdick. During the visit, the pair made stops at a local playground, a community center and an immigrant resource center.
“Every community across this state faces its own unique set of challenges, and this tour is such an amazing opportunity to see how each one comes together to address those challenges,” said Speaker Heastie. “Assemblymember Burdick’s district works tirelessly to create an inclusive community and to help one another thrive.”
“From fundraising for an inclusive playground for our children to clothing and groceries for our most vulnerable to helping immigrants integrate into our communities, I am proud of the work being done in this district to improve the quality of life for all our residents,” said Assemblymember Burdick. “I would also like to thank the speaker for taking the time to visit today and see all that this area has to offer.”
On the first stop of today’s tour, Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Burdick visited Lewisboro Town Park where the community has been fundraising to improve and modernize the playground to create a safe and inclusive space for children of all ages and abilities. Part of the funds are being raised by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Lewisboro Town Park Playground Improvement Corporation.
Afterwards, the pair went to the Community Center of Northern Westchester. Since opening its doors in 1992, the center has been providing food and clothing for thousands of households across 38 communities in Northern Westchester. They also offer a range of classes and special programs, and work directly with their clients to assist them in gaining access to other resources, including health care, education and social services.
The tour concluded with a visit to Neighbors Link, a community center whose mission is to strengthen the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. Their strategies to educate, empower and employ families include a Worker Center, English as a second language education, legal services and advocacy, workforce development, parent education, early childhood programs and academic support for school age children of immigrants.