ALBANY, N.Y. – Senate Republicans chose Sen. Robert Ortt, R-62, as the new minority leader on Friday, after former leader Sen. John Flanagan announced his retirement earlier this week.
Ortt represents Niagara County, Orleans County and parts of Monroe County.
Sen. James Seward, R-50, congratulated Ortt Friday, and released the following statement:
“Senator Ortt is a strong, idealistic leader who will help unify our conference and deliver results for the entire state. I am proud to have partnered with him since his election to the state senate and know he will energize the Senate Republicans moving forward.
“As we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and restore legislative oversight we need a leader who will stand up for our citizens and Senator Ortt is an excellent choice. Increasing job opportunities, improving affordability, repealing unsafe bail reform measures, and protecting Second Amendment rights are all vital to those I represent. Senator Ortt shares those concerns and will be passionately fighting for those key issues.”
Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-49, also released a statement offering is congratulations to Ortt:
“Right now, in state government, all levers of power are controlled by one voice from one political affiliation from one region of the state with no checks and balances. That’s not good for representative democracy and it hasn’t been a good thing for Upstate residents with over 180,000 people leaving the state in the past year – a large portion from Upstate, New York.
“Upstate and all of New York, will have a strong voice fighting for them with our new Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, who will stand up with our Senate Republican Conference and advocate for our over-burdened taxpayers, small businesses, and families for common sense solutions to protect our quality of life, turn our state’s economy around and ensure the Empire State doesn’t become the Empty State. Congratulations, Leader Ortt.”