Yonkers Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins Named Senate Minority Leader (UPDATED)


State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins was elected minority leader of the state Senate this evening, Gannett’s Albany Bureau has learned.

In a private 19-6 vote, the Yonkers Democrat was selected by her colleagues to lead the Senate Democrats, a conference that made big gains on Election Day only to be relegated to the minority after Republicans and the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference struck a power-sharing agreement.

Stewart-Cousins has served in the state Senate since 2007 after she ousted longtime incumbent Sen. Nick Spano, R-Yonkers. She succeeds current Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, D-Brooklyn, who has led the conference since 2009.

An official announcement from Senate Democrats has not yet been made. Stewart-Cousins could not immediately be reached for comment.

UPDATED: Senate Democrats made it official around 7:15 p.m.

Stewart-Cousins issued this statement:

“I am truly humbled and honored to be selected by my colleagues for this position. I look forward to advocating for the progressive agenda that the people of New York have demanded. I will work with my colleagues in the Republican and IDC Coalition to ensure that the progressive issues that both the Governor and our conference believe in are advanced. I want to thank Senator Sampson for all his hard work and his dedication to the Senate Democratic Conference and to the people of New York.”


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  1. Today history was made in New York and South Carolina.

    One a solid “Blue’ State the other a solid “Red” State

    Lets all wish them the best in their new rolls.

    One as the Leader of the “Regular” Senate Democ”RATS” the other as a Newest Republican Member of the US Senate.

    Both will be under the looking glass and have to “Run” for re-election in 2014.

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  2. Interested Citizen on

    Finally, the Democrats have a grown-up in the room! Way to go Andrea! Best of Luck in your new role.