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NYS Senate Majority Leader

NYS SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS is a champion for progressive action.  In 2012, she became the first woman and African American woman to lead a New York State legislative conference. 

Under her leadership, the Senate Majority passed the most comprehensive and aggressive climate change legislation in the nation, and the strongest tenant protections and affordable housing package in state history.  Additionally, her legislative accomplishments include raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 and fighting for other reforms in the criminal justice system cutting middle class income taxes to the lowest levels in over 60 years, and ensuring access to quality affordable health care for all New Yorkers, to name a few.

A native New Yorker with a strong belief in advocating for the underserved and championing the needs of working families, Stewart-Cousins has been a staunch advocate for hardworking New Yorkers and small businesses struggling during the pandemic.  To this end, the Senate Democratic Majority has advanced legislation to protect small businesses and their workers with COVID-19 related financial hardships.


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