Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins downplayed on Wednesday the impact of Sen. Tony Avella’s defection to the Independent Democratic Conference.

In an interview, Stewart-Cousins did admit she was “surprised” by the move of the Queens Democrat to the IDC, which is in a governing coalition with the Senate Republicans.

“At this point I’m sorry he made the decision, but clearly I wish him well and we will continue to try again and bring the progressive initiatives that New Yorkers have asked for with a Democratic Senate,” she said.

Stewart-Cousins added she doesn’t believe the move will make it harder for the mainline conference to reclaim a working majority, as opposed to its current numerical one.

“I don’t think so,” Stewart-Cousins said. “We continue to be exactly who we are. We’re representing the best interests of the people of New York. That will not change.”

The move by Avella is the latest effort by the IDC to grow its conference. When the power-sharing agreement was first reached in 2012, Sen. Malcolm Smith joined the conference. He was later booted from the IDC after being charged in a sweeping bribery scandal.

I asked Stewart-Cousins if she was tired with the IDC’s various public and private overtures aimed at converting their conference members.

“The reality is the Democrats have the majority,” she said. “We shall be the governing the majority. Our focus is going to be on the people of the state of New York and not poaching members.”