Rochester, NY—Previously, New York State Senate Minority Leader John J. Flanagan (R-East Northport) had announced that he would not seek re-election to the Senate this fall. Today, he announced, that effective June 28, he will be ending his Senate career and pursuing a private sector opportunity. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms Political Action Committee (NYCFPAC), made the following remarks:

“We thank Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan for his many years of public service and steadfast support for the sanctity of human life. Now, as Senate Republicans look toward selecting the next leader of their conference, we urge them to consider the new reality of New York politics. After Gov. George Pataki left office in 2006, the State Senate became the last beachhead of establishment Republican power in New York. In the 2018 elections, that beachhead fell, and the Democratic Party took full control of New York State government. The Republican Party in New York has now become a minority party. It should embrace the role of vocal and principled opposition.”

“Moving forward, the Senate GOP needs a leader who will use his or her post as a bully pulpit to attack, expose, and thwart the damaging far-left proposals being advanced in Albany. It needs a leader who will craft and articulate a conservative policy agenda. It needs a leader who will—together with allies in the Assembly, in the New York State GOP, in the Conservative Party, and elsewhere—build a vibrant grassroots conservative movement based on core principles of respect for human life, family cohesion, limited government and religious liberty. If these things do not happen, the damage done to our state by those who currently occupy the halls of power may well become irreversible. In short, the Senate GOP should choose a leader who will not swim with the political tide or against it; rather, the GOP should choose a leader who will turn the tide.”

NYCFPAC is a statewide political action committee that supports pro-life, pro-family candidates for public office.