Last week, the Senate Democratic Conferences elected Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be their new Conference Leader.  When she is formally appointed to the position in January, she will become the first woman to serve as the leader of a legislative conference in Albany.

Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers, was first elected to the Senate in 2006.  She previously served as a Westchester County Legislator.  Her election as Senate Democratic Leader is not expected to change the current dynamic in the Senate, where Democrats won more seats in the November elections, but six Democratic Senators have chosen to align with the Republican Senators in the Senate Majority Coalition.

On Thursday, Senator Stewart-Cousins announced that Senator Michael Gianaris of Queens will serve as deputy minority leader. Gianaris will also remain as chair of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.  He was first elected to the Senate in 2010, after serving for 10 years as a state assemblyman.