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NY Senate coalition grows stronger at expense of Democratic conference (Updated)

ALBANY -- The New York State Senate’s bipartisan coalition just became stronger at the expense of the Democratic conference with the defection of a Queens Democrat.

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), who leads the minority conference of Democrats, said Wednesday morning that Sen. Tony Avella’s move to the Independent Democratic Conference won’t hurt her effort to regain majority...

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