Senate Democrat’s Re-Elect Stewart-Cousins as Minority Leader

Last week, the Senate Democratic Conference re-elected Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins to lead the conference.  The Democrat from Yonkers was first elected to the Senate in 2006.  A Yonkers resident, she represents the 35th Senate District, which includes Greenburgh and Scarsdale, and part of Yonkers, White Plains, and New Rochelle in Westchester County.

Newly Elected Senator to Caucus with Regular Democrats

Jesse Hamilton, who was elected to represent Brooklyn’s 20th Senate District in November, said this week that he will conference with the regular Democratic Conference.  Hamilton received financial support from the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) during his primary run, and some IDC members indicated that they expected him to join the IDC as its sixth member.  Hamilton will hold the seat previously occupied by Democrat Eric Adams, who now serves as Brooklyn Borough President.

Republican Wins Last Outstanding Legislative Race

Republican Karl Brabenec declared victory in the race for the 98th Assembly District, which includes parts of Orange and Rockland counties.  He appears to have won the race to succeed fellow Republican Ann Rabbit, who left office to become Orange County clerk, by 38 votes.