The Week That Was

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The New York State Legislature returned to The Hill in Albany on Wednesday for their first official day of the 2019 Legislative Session and to say the least, it was a historic day. Let’s start in the Senate. For the first time since its creation, a woman was elected Majority Leader. In her remarks, Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins noted that not too long ago "Women weren’t even allowed to walk on the floor of these chambers.'' With a number of her colleagues already pressing for new anti-corruption steps, the new Democratic leader said the Senate will push laws “to give New Yorkers an honest, ethical government they deserve.’’

It was only about an hour earlier, for the first time in the Assembly majority leader’s aisle seat in the middle of the chamber was a woman: Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, a Buffalo Democrat. She had been tapped in December by Heastie to run the Assembly’s floor operations, putting her in one of the top leadership posts in the 150-member house. Surrounding her were 50 women, a record to hold office as Assembly members. “I’m not sure I can put into words how insurmountable I think the significance of this day is. It's exciting. It's to some extent overwhelming. It's humbling,’’ she said.

Our “glass ceiling” edition of The Week reported the announcement by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of the opening of an office in Troy, New York to pursue a 2020 presidential bid. Our team at FWC encourages all to raise a glass to the success of these three women and to the beginning of what promises to be an historic 2019 Legislative Session.

And without further ado, I present to you the first 2019 edition of “The Week That Was.” Enjoy!