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April 25, 2019

Stewart-Cousins set to take another step toward NY history

November 25, 2018
State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. (Hans Pennink/AP)

ALBANY — State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Monday is set to take another step toward making history.

Senate Democrats will gather in Albany Monday to vote that Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) will continue as their leader when they take control of the chamber in January.

Once formally voted majority leader in January, Stewart-Cousins will become the first woman to head a majority state legislative conference in New York.

As Democratic minority leader, she already is the first black lawmaker and woman to head a state legislative conference.

The Democrats are set to control at least 39 of the chamber’s 63 seats. It will be the first time in a decade they will have the Senate majority.

“Our conference will be a reflection in many ways of the state of New York, geographically, demographically, gender, so on and so forth,” Stewart-Cousins recently told the Daily News.

Stewart-Cousins was first elected to the Senate in 2006. She became minority leader in 2013.

She has vowed that a host of progressive legislation previously blocked by the Republican majority, such as strengthening the state’s abortion laws, will move forward now that the Democrats will control all of state government.

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