NYS senator makes legislative history

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins is the first woman to be voted in as the state Senate's minority leader.

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins is the first woman to be voted in as the state Senate's minority leader. (12/19/12)

YONKERS - State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins has been voted in as the state's minority leader, making her the first woman in New York history to lead a legislative conference.

After six years in office, Stewart-Cousins (D-35th District) will take the position in January. And even though Democrats outnumber Republicans in the Senate, she will not become the majority leader because of a breakaway group of Democrats voting with the GOP.

However, Stewart-Cousins says she hopes to meet with members of that group soon to help sway the balance of power.

The senator says she hopes to increase the minimum wage, improve education and fight for women's rights.

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