Watch: Stewart-Cousins says Raise the Age concerns remain

“So is the proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility closed down in the budget negotiation? “I’m not sure that it is,” said Senate mainline Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins as she waited to be let into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s suite of offices Thursday afternoon.

She said concerns remained that too many cases involving 16- and 17-year-old offenders could end up in “a nice room within the criminal court” that would too often replicate the criminal courts’ treatment.

“We’d always wanted the majority of cases really to be handled in a family court,” she said.

Stewart-Cousins completed the Q&A and then waited rather awkwardly with the reporters and State Troopers until a Cuomo aide approached her and murmured that the governor was in a meetings, and could she maybe come back in about an hour? Perhaps realizing the bad form of telling a legislative leader to come to Cuomo’s office and then upon arrival telling her instead to please scram, a second Cuomo aide stepped in and briskly ushered Stewart-Cousins into the antechamber to the suite.

Here’s the Q&A:

Watch: Stewart-Cousins says Raise the Age concerns remain