Senate GOP Re-Elects Flanagan as Leader

On Monday, Senate Republicans re-elected Senator John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) to lead their conference in 2017.  He was first elected to the position in 2015.

Senator Flanagan said:

“I am humbled and gratified that my colleagues in the Senate Republican conference have unanimously reelected me as their leader. After a campaign in which we faced extraordinary challenges and yet still managed to grow our majority in a presidential year, I couldn’t be more proud to lead this outstanding group of lawmakers.”

Brooklyn Democrat to Join Senate’s Independent Democratic Caucus

Last week, State Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) announced that he is joining the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), the group of Senate Democrats who broke away from the regular Senate Democratic Conference in 2011.

In a statement titled “Why I’M joining the IDC,” Hamilton said:

“The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) delivers for New Yorkers: the best paid family leave program in the nation, a $15 minimum wage, and the toughest gun laws in the country. They get results. That’s why I’ve decided to join my fellow Democrats and become the newest member of the IDC. This conference will continue to innovate, delivering to the people who matter most, my community and our fellow New Yorkers. Standing with them, I will be a prominent voice on affordable housing, quality education, safe streets and criminal justice reform. I look forward to serving with the Independent Democrats and achieving more victories for all New Yorkers.”

Senator Hamilton’s decision to join the IDC will give the IDC seven members in 2017, up from five in 2016.