NYS Senate Poised To Make History In January With First African-American Female Leader

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart–Cousins, who will become the first woman and African-American woman to lead the New York State Senate come January, said she hopes to take action quickly on long-stalled measures in the Senate. She predicts that by the 2020 presidential election, New Yorker s will finally have early voting.

Stewart-Cousins will lead the largest Democratic majority in the Senate in over a century, with at least 40 Democrats in her conference. Thirty-two are needed to form a leadership coalition.

Democrats expected to pick up some seats, but even they were surprised when some longtime Republican officeholders lost Tuesday, including former Senate Health Committee Chair Kemp Hannon, who was defeated by Kevin Thomas, who will become the first Indian-American senator in…

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