Tag: John Flanagan

Phil Boyle could become Suffolk County Sherif as part of a corrupt deal.
New YorkState Senate

Something Suspicious in Suffolk

State Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) is planning on leaving the Senate if he gets elected Suffolk County Sheriff. Now, on its own, that's not so weird--two other Senators are resigning or running for other offices and several Assemblymembers are trying to get elected to other jobs. The Sheriff also earns $193,123 a year, far more…

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Sheldon Silver
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Foiled! Silver Gets Off

Last week, former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Lower Manhattan) escaped justice when a federal appeals panel overturned his conviction for accepting bribes and money-laundering. Who is Sheldon Silver? For over two decades as the leader of the State Assembly's strong Democratic majority, Sheldon Silver established himself as one of New York's most powerful Democrats.…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. John Flanagan are at odds over opioids.
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Opioids Create a Strange Alignment: Cuomo Agreeing with Democrats

In the closing days of the legislative session, the opioid crisis is turning into the latest flashpoint. State Senate Republicans passed a bill to make it easier for law enforcement to arrest drug dealers and impose longer sentences. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo has lined up with the Assembly Democrats in advocating for more treatment, including more…

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IDC Leader Jeff Klein and Republican Leader John Flanagan could be in trouble because of the Senate lulu scandal.
Long IslandNew YorkNew York CityState SenateWestchester

Why the Senate Lulu Scandal Might Be Trouble for Everyone

Right now, the top news in the New York politics is the story of the State Senate’s lulu payments, the extra money that legislators in leadership positions earn. A New York Times investigation discovered that seven Senators (three Independent Democrats and four Republicans) earned lulus for positions they did not hold. While the legal fallout…

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The three men in a room: Cuomo, Flanagan, and Heastie.
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Three (or Four) Men in a Room and When It Breaks Down

New York State politics is often derided as "three men in a room" making a decision. Whatever is agreed upon by those three men--the Governor (Andrew Cuomo), State Senate leader (currently, Republican John Flanagan), and the Assembly speaker (currently, Democrat Carl Heastie)--becomes law. With the Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate, it's now grown to four men…

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