Michael Gianaris, a fierce opponent of the $2.8 billion incentive package to bring Amazon to his Long Island City district, was named on Monday as deputy majority leader of the state Senate.
His ascension, while no surprise, puts him on a collision course with fellow Queens native Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who engineered the deal that lured the e-commerce giant to New York.
Gianaris, 48, is a confidant of Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who was voted in by fellow Dems as the first female state Senate majority leader in state history.
Sen. Jose Serrano Jr., who represents portions of upper Manhattan and The Bronx, will also be part of Stewart-Cousins’ leadership team as chair of the Democratic conference.
Stewart-Cousins, 68, of Yonkers, was greeted with a huge ovation from fellow Dems following the vote in the Senate Democratic conference room.
Democrats regained control of the state Senate in the midterm elections and will have a 40-23 seat edge over the GOP when the next legislative session begins in 2019.
At her news conference, Stewart-Cousins said it was a good thing that there will no longer be just “three men in a room” setting state policy behind closed doors.
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