Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) on Thursday called on Democratic state convention-goers to send Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to the highest-margin statewide victory ever. She cited historic gains that gave Democrats "the numeric majority in the Senate."
But "we were not given our rightful place in leadership because the Republican minority were empowered by some to maintain the Senate. But I can tell you that's going to change. And we are not going to let that happen again," she said to cheers in a room much fuller than it was a day earlier at the Huntington Hilton in Melville.
She said this notwithstanding new state chairman David Paterson, the former governor, who said Wednesday that he does not want to "raise expectations" on the Senate front.
Undeterred, Cousins said the fight for the Senate "starts right here, right now" on Long Island, as she gave shout-outs to Nassau's Jay Jacobs and Suffolk's Richard Shaffer, the county Democratic leaders. "Yes, we intend to do that this year ... With our great governor we are going to show the rest of the country we are a state devoted to fighting for the working class."