Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference Leader
Andrea Stewart-Cousins was overwhelmingly elected by her colleagues to serve as Leader of the Democratic Conference in December 2012, making New York State history as the first woman to ever lead a legislative conference. She was first elected to the State Senate in 2006, representing the 35th District in Westchester.
Senator Stewart-Cousins has been a trailblazer throughout her career, fighting for human rights; quality education; accessible and affordable health care; and making government more efficient, transparent and accountable to all its citizens.
A few of her accomplishments include the passage of the Election Reform Legislative Package, working to ensure the Power for Jobs program remained permanent and leading the fight on women’s health by sponsoring the Reproductive Health Act in the Senate.
Under her leadership, the Democratic Conference will continue to lead the way on the issues that matter most to New Yorkers and build a bright future for generations to come.
Senator Mike Gianaris, Chair
As Chair of the New York State Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, Michael Gianaris oversees all committee activities. His work is particularly focused on directing Senate Dems’ fundraising efforts, providing our candidates with the resources and infrastructure they need to wage winning campaigns. In 2012, his first election cycle as Chair, he led Senate Dems to tremendous success, with a gain of four new seats.
Senator Gianaris also serves as Deputy Leader of the Democratic Conference, first elected to the Senate in 2010, representing the 12th District in Queens. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as a Member of the State Assembly, as the first Greek-American elected to office from New York City.
During his time in the legislature, Senator Gianaris has built a reputation as a leading reformer, working to combat both dysfunction and corruption in state government. He has been a tireless advocate for redistricting and campaign finance reforms. His long-standing support of same-sex marriage was key to the passage of the Marriage Equality Act. Senator Gianaris has also authored important pieces of legislation such as his Energy Security Act, the Airline Passengers Bill of Rights and the Clean Energy Law, amongst others.
He currently sits on both the Finance and Rules Committees and is the ranking Democratic Member of the Ethics Committee.
Senator Neil Breslin, Co-Chair
Neil Breslin has represented the 46th District in the State Senate for 16 years. He is a life-long resident of Albany County and a long-time community leader. He served for 15 years as a board member of Arbor House, a residence facility for women in need, and served as president of Arbor House for a period of seven years. Neil has been the attorney for St. Anne’s Institute in Albany and has done work for Hospitality House, the International Center and Hope House, a drug treatment facility.
Senator Breslin is an active member of the New York State Bar Association, and recognized for his work by the Council of Churches, the Legal Project, the Homeless Action Committee, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Caregivers Respite Services of Catholic Charities, New York State Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union, KidsPeace National Centers, Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club.
Senator Breslin currently serves on the Cities, Education, Ethics, Finance, Judiciary and Rules Committees, and he is the ranking Democratic Member of the Insurance Committee.