‘Breaking down barriers’ - Hudson Valley leaders laud Sen. Harris as Biden’s VP pick

People across the Hudson Valley are weighing in on Sen. Kamala Harris – the Democratic vice-presidential candidate selected by presumptive nominee Joe Biden.
The California senator is the first Black woman and first South Asian person on a major party's presidential ticket.
News 12 spoke with Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the first Black woman to lead the state Senate, and Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard, the first female mayor elected to office in Mount Vernon.
Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins said that Sen. Harris is “breaking down barriers.”
“Everyone who has shattered their ceilings knows that's it's not about them – they carry with them the aspirations of so many who have come before them,” she says.
Patterson-Howard called Harris “competent and “credentialed.”
“She has great character. She has incredible confidence and she had that courage to lead,” said Patterson-Howard. “I'm excited for Kamala and our country and for our young women around the country who are looking at this.”