Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Scott Willis / WAER News

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined other leaders Friday for a tour of the proposed future site of Onondaga County’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, or STEAM school. 


The New York State Senate will be holding hearings Wednesday on ways to fix the state’s anti sexual harassment laws.

One of the first things  Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins did when she took over the chamber in January was to announce hearings on the state’s anti sexual harassment policies.

“We need to deal with the scourge of sexual harassment in the workplace,” Stewart-Cousins said in a speech in the Senate on January 9th.

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

The New York State legislative session began with ceremonies and excitement as Democrats claimed their solid majority in the State Senate, and made history with the election of new female leader. They promised to act quickly on a long list of progressive issues, including strengthening abortion rights and expanding voter access. 

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

History was made at the State Capitol Monday as the Senate elected its first woman, and African American woman, Andrea Stewart-Cousins , as its leader to head the chamber in January .

Governor Cuomo's flickr page

Two warring factions of Democrats in the State Senate are rejoining forces, as pressure has mounted from the party’s left leaning base for a reunification. But the Democrats are still one vote short of the 32 seats they need to regain the majority the Senate.

The nearly decade long split between the mainstream Democrats in the Senate and the Independent Democratic Conference is over.

NY Senate GOP Votes Down Democrats Gun Control Measures; Sen. Schumer: "Package Ready by Week's End"

Feb 28, 2018
Karen Dewitt / WXXI News

The leader of the New York State Senate Democrats says she’s disappointed that her Republican colleague voted down a package of gun control measures that Democrats brought to the floor Wednesday. Andrea Stewart-Cousins says she was initially optimistic.