Last week, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) appointed Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) to serve as his Deputy Majority Leader. DeFrancisco replaces former Senator Tom Libous, who lost his seat after he was convicted of lying to the F.B.I. last week. In May, Flanagan narrowly defeated DeFrancisco in the race to succeed Senator Dean Skelos as Senate Majority leader.

Senator Flanagan said:

“John DeFrancisco is a key part of our leadership team and a staunch advocate for the needs of every region of the state, including Upstate New York. As a colleague and a friend, I am confident he will be a strong Deputy Majority Leader whose knowledge and experience will help move our pro-growth, pro-taxpayer agenda forward in the coming months and years.”

We wholeheartedly agree. We congratulate Senator DeFrancisco on this appointment, and commend Senator Flanagan for recognizing the importance of having a representative from Upstate as a key member of his leadership team. Senator DeFrancisco has done an outstanding job representing his constituents in Albany, and we know that he will build on this record in his new role.