Veteran Lawmaker Named New No. 2 in NY Senate

ALBANY (AP) -

A veteran lawmaker from Syracuse was named Thursday deputy majority leader of the state Senate after the previous No. 2 was convicted of lying to the FBI.

Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco’s new position was announced by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan. He replaces Sen. Tom Libous, who automatically lost his Senate seat when he was convicted last week.

The 68-year-old DeFrancisco was first elected in 1992. He leads the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Earlier this year he lost a bid for Senate majority leader to Flanagan.