Yonkers senator likely to make history as majority leader

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State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins is poised to make history by becoming the first woman and African-American majority leader after big midterm election gains.

The Yonkers senator won an unopposed re-election bid, and Senate Democrats wrestled control of the 63-seat chamber from Republicans for the first time in almost a decade.

Stewart-Cousins says Senate Democrats are looking to accomplish a lot in their first 30 days in control of the chamber.

The current Republican Senate majority leader issued a statement that read in part: "This election is over, but our mission is not. Senate Republicans will never stop advocating for the principles we believe in or the agenda that New Yorkers and their families deserve."

Sen. Cousins also says early voting in New York is another issue that she will make a top priority when she becomes majority leader

The state Senate and Assembly begin its new session in January.

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