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After seven years of political infighting, Democrats in the New York State Senate have finally struck a deal to work together.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a peace deal Wednesday between Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference.
The IDC has allied with Senate Republicans for years, leaving Senate Democrats fractured. But now, the warring factions are coming together in a deal that will make Westchester lawmaker Stewart-Cousins the leader of the Senate Democrats and Klein her deputy.
While Stewart-Cousins does have more Democrats supporting her, she is still the Senate minority leader. Republicans still control that chamber by a slim margin.
The Westchester lawmakers could make history if Democrats win two key special elections on April 24. That includes the vacated seat of former Westchester County Executive George Latimer.
A spokesperson for the Senate GOP dismissed the Democrats’ show of unity as "a desperate attempt to avoid Democratic primaries."