NY Senate Republicans Re-elect Flanagan as Leader

ALBANY (AP) -

Republicans in the New York state Senate on Monday unanimously re-elected John Flanagan to be their leader.

The Long Island politician is expected to preside over the entire Senate when lawmakers return to Albany in January. The Senate now has 32 Democrats and 31 Republicans, though Republicans lead the chamber thanks to the support of a handful of breakaway Democrats.

Flanagan says Republicans will work to make New York more affordable for working-class and middle-class people, expand economic and educational opportunities and to address problems including Lyme disease.