Senators elect first African American woman to be Majority Leader

The New York State Senate made history on two fronts Monday as it elected Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be the first woman, and African-American woman, to head the chamber in January.

Senator  Stewart- Cousins, who has led the Democrats in the Senate since 2012, is poised to become the Senate’s next majority party leader, after Democrats won 40 seats in November’s elections. Stewart- Cousins was a teacher and a journalist before being elected to represent Yonkers in the Westchester County legislature. She won her Senate seat over a decade ago. She took a moment to reflect on the big changes her selection represents.

“This is an incredibly proud moment for me,” Stewart-Cousins said. “It is a moment that I don’t believe, certainly when I came here, that I would have ever dreamt…

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