State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

The leader of the New York state senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, says the pressures of forging agreements on major pieces of legislation might be getting to Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Senate Leader was asked Wednesday about disparaging comments Cuomo made about the Senate in recent days. 

Morning Headlines With Ken Lovett

Mar 15, 2019
Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Senior Vice President for Communications and Albany Director for Metropolitan Public Strategies, about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's criticism of state Senate Democrats and the ongoing budget process. They also discuss the lack of support for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's 2020 presidential bid from New York politicians. 

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

The Senate and Assembly are approving measures to expand the window in which New Yorkers can vote in elections, from one day to 11 days. The action comes at the start at what is anticipated to be a busy week at the State Capitol, that includes the release of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget plan.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

New York lawmakers are in line to earn the top state legislative salary in the country after a state compensation panel voted to raise their pay for the first time in 20 years.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the New York state Senate. The pair also discuss the state's audit of opioid treatment programs and a failure to use the state's perscription monitoring system.

The incoming New York state Senate Democratic Conference
Karen DeWitt

History was made at the New York State Capitol Monday as the Senate elected its first woman, and African American woman, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as its leader to head the chamber in January.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on New York state Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Dr. Chartock also discusses a new federal report on climate change.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief of The New York Daily News, about state Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. The pair also discuss the death of state Senator José Peralta.

One of the first items expected to be voted on when the New York state Legislature convenes for the 2019 session is the Reproductive Health Act.  It would codify the abortion rights in the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into state law.

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who will become the first woman and African American woman to lead the New York state Senate come January, says she hopes to take action quickly on long-stalled measures in the Senate. She predicts that by the 2020 presidential election, New Yorkers will finally have early voting.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaks to reporters on Sheldon Silver's sentencing.
Karen Dewitt

With Democrats now set to control both houses of the New York State Legislature, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has laid out a framework for the term ahead.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in Plattsburgh 5-25-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In a spirited floor fight in the New York state Senate Tuesday, Democrats tried once again but failed to get a vote on and amendment on women’s reproductive health care. The argument over Senate procedure led to accusations that some Republican Senators were trying to “mansplain” the rules to the state’s female lieutenant governor.

New York State Capitol

Two warring factions of Democrats in the New York state Senate are rejoining forces, as pressure has mounted from the party’s left-leaning base for a reunification. But, the Democrats are still one vote short of the 32 seats they need to regain the majority in the Senate.

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

Adding a warning to false accusers in the state Senate's newly revised anti-sexual harassment policy is an example of "the type of intimidation" that has kept harassment victims from coming forward, according to the only female leader of a legislative conference in Albany.

Wiki Commons

A left-leaning group is asking New York’s top politicians to give back donations from a hedge fund manager who made racially charged comments against the state’s only black female legislative leader. But so far most, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, have held on to the money.

Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Rockland County today, rallying support for paid family leave, a proposal he unveiled in his combined State of the State/budget address. Cuomo told a roomful of supporters in West Haverstraw waving “Strong Families Strong New York” banners that his proposal would benefit especially women, minorities and low-income workers as well as strengthen families, the workforce and economy.