Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins remains disappointed the five-member Independent Democratic Conference remains in a form of its strategic alliance with Senate Republicans.

Though the GOP conference has a full majority and IDC Leader Jeff Klein lost the Senate co-presidency, the Republicans are keeping the breakaway conference close through a vaguely defined “consultation” role in the Senate rules.

But Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democrats who represents a neighboring Senate district to the Bronx’s Klein, said in an interview with Capitol Pressroom on Wednesday morning that her conference has common ground with the IDC.

Stewart-Cousins said she spoke to Klein on the phone before the start of the legislative session this month.

“We had a conversation and, you know, as I said to him, there are a lot of things we can work together on,” she said. “There are a lot of things we hold in common whether it’s minimum wage, looking at the criminal justice system, women’s rights. There are things that no matter who he and the IDC organize with, there are core values that we have shared.”

It remains to be seen how far Klein’s consultation role will go. The Daily News reported this week the arrangement will not grant Klein a seat at the table in the closed-door budget negotiations with the governor, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

Nevertheless, Stewart-Cousins believes that if Klein’s conference is being elevated to a “consultation” role in the chamber despite being in the minority, then her mainline conference, too, should have a greater voice.

“In a process that is open and democratic, we should be consulted,” she said. “Just to limit the consult to the IDC, it seems like it’s limiting the perspectives that are being heard.”