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This is an exciting, spirited and transformative year in state and national politics, and I’m counting on you and your support to become the first female Majority Leader in New York State history. We are nearly there. The Democrats in the State Senate currently hold a numerical majority.

I am the first female legislative leader in history already, with my Senate Democratic colleagues electing me in 2012 and re-electing me 2014. Now, I am poised to break another glass ceiling in Albany by becoming the first female Senate Majority Leader. It’s about time, don’t your think?

The numbers and the momentum is in our favor. Women make up more than 50% of our state population, yet our $500 billion plus State Budgets continue to be negotiated only by men. It’s time for a woman, and a mother, to have a seat at the table in a state with a rich tradition of women’s history, from Susan B. Anthony to Eleanor Roosevelt, and Shirley Chisholm to Hillary Clinton.

As leader of the Senate Democrats, who together represent eight million New Yorkers,  we continue to work hard for the people. This year, with our help and strong advocacy, the state passed a Minimum Wage Increase and a Paid Family Leave Policy that will impact and improve the lives of low-wage workers struggling to provide for their families.

We continue to make record financial commitments to our classrooms, recognizing that our students and our education system is a good investment for our future and the state’s economy.

We continue to support cutting taxes, especially for middle income earners, and creating new jobs and economic opportunities, recognizing that we have an obligation to improve the lives of all New Yorkers.

As the proud representative of the 35th State Senate District, I’ve delivered increased education aid to the school districts in the communities and the constituents I represent in part of  Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle, Greenburgh and Scarsdale.

Legislation I co-sponsored in 2015 reclassified local rivers like the Saw Mill and Bronx River, making them eligible for additional state-funded improvement projects to protect against flooding.

There is still much work to be done. We must pass stricter ethics reforms in order to restore the public trust in a government. We need to Raise the Age so that 16 and 17 year olds are not prosecuted as adults and are treated accordingly in the criminal  justice system. And we need to protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.

That’s why I need your support. Please join me on the road to victory this November – for all New Yorkers!


Andrea Stewart-Cousins
New York State Senator, 35th District
Democratic Conference Leader