NYS Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins Makes History

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Photo by Cyril Josh Barker via Amsterdam News)

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers will become the first woman to lead a New York state legislative chamber after the Nov. 26 vote for majority leader. She will also be the first Black woman to lead the State Senate, which Democrats will take control of for the first time since 2010 following the midterm elections.

In a recent interview with Amsterdam News’ Cyril Josh Barker, Stewart-Cousins said, “The voices of women are as important as the voices of their male counterparts, and the more of the diversity of voices that come to the table, the better the policy outcomes.”

Areas that Stewart-Cousins wants the Senate to continue to focus on include education equality, election reform, criminal justice reform, affordable housing, MWBEs, gun violence, mass transit and the environment.

New York State has been a prime target when it comes to immigration, with rhetoric coming from President Donald Trump critical of the state’s sanctuary stance. Stewart-Cousins said millions of dollars have been set aside for legal representation for immigrants.

“We understand the importance of opportunities and people not being demonized because they are not ‘us,’” she said. “We are in great position now to look at our legal option when it relates to the politics that come from the federal government.”

For more from Stewart-Cousins, go to Amsterdam News.

Barker also covered another first: Anthony Cureton was sworn in last Tuesday as the first elected African-American sheriff in Bergen County, New Jersey. Find out why his Election Day win “has been called a form of poetic justice.”

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