Last week, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the creation of a Democratic Policy Group, to be chaired by Senator Daniel Squadron of Brooklyn/Manhattan.

The group will “develop initiatives to better serve all New Yorkers, especially those who have continued to suffer following the economic downturn. The group will “conduct hearings, produce research and unveil detailed initiatives and legislative packages….to improve the overall economy and close the economic divide that too often excludes suburban and upstate communities from the benefit of new jobs.”

The other members of the Democratic Policy Group are Senator Velmanette Montgomery of Brooklyn, Senator José Serrano of the Bronx, and Senator George Latimer of Westchester.

We hope that these members – all of whom represent districts located south of the Tappan Zee Bridge – take the time to communicate with their Upstate colleagues to ensure that their policy agenda