Behind Stewart-Cousins, Democrats take control of State Senate

Originally published in News 12 on January 09, 2019.

Dozens of supporters from the Hudson Valley were on hand to cheer state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35th District), who was officially elected as Senate majority leader - making her the first black woman in state history to hold that powerful position.

Wednesday was also the first day on the job for 17 new senators, including Pete Harckham and Alessandra Biaggi. Harckham says the Democratic agenda includes election reform, reproductive health care, gun safety laws and criminal justice reform.