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Griffo appointed acting minority leader of NYS Senate

Senator Joe Griffo has been appointed the acting minority leader of the New York State Senate.

Posted: Jan 4, 2019 4:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senator Joe Griffo has been appointed the acting minority leader of the New York State Senate.

The announcement came in a statement Friday afternoon.

Statewide party control has shifted from a Republican majority to a Democratic majority.

Acting Senate Minority Leader Griffo says he worked well with Democrat Roann Destito, worked well with Democrat Anthony Brindisi, and looks forward to having a good relationship with Assemblywoman Buttenschon, also a Democrat.

The Republican doesn't see the Democratic majority impacting the needs of Mohawk Valley too much.

Griffo says Minority Leader Flanagan’s decision to seek treatment for alcohol dependency is the best thing he can do for himself at this time, and that he is honored to step in while he takes care of own well-being.

He touted Flanagan’s leadership, but also said that he is ready to step into the position on an interim basis.

His full statement read:

“I respect Minority Leader Flanagan’s decision to seek treatment for alcohol dependency and join with my colleagues in praying for his recovery. Leader Flanagan has always been a selfless leader, putting his professional responsibilities, obligations and duties above his own needs and I applaud his courage in confronting this disease. It is now important for him to take the time to concentrate on his own well-being and our conference supports him completely in that effort.

In Minority Leader Flanagan’s absence, I am honored to accept the responsibility of leading the state Senate’s Republican Conference on an interim basis. Together, with the exceptional group of talented and committed Senators and staff, we will stay unified in crafting, presenting and advocating our vision for moving our great state forward.”

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