- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

4:25 p.m.

Republican John Flanagan has been formally selected as the new majority leader of the New York Senate, replacing Dean Skelos (SKEH’-lohs), who resigned.

The formal vote came Monday after Skelos agreed to step down from his leadership position in the wake of federal corruption charges. He intends to keep his legislative seat.

Flanagan, of Long Island, was chosen over Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco.

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4:05 p.m.

Senators in New York say a formal vote to replace Republican Dean Skelos (SKEH’-lohs) as majority leader has been scheduled.

The chamber’s Republican majority met behind closed doors Monday to discuss Skelos’ future. He agreed to step down as majority leader but intends to keep his legislative seat.

GOP Sen. John Flanagan of Long Island emerged from the meeting as the pick to replace Skelos over Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco. A formal vote is expected later Monday.

Flanagan says the 32-member GOP caucus comes out of this “unified.” He says there is a lot of work to do before the session ends.

Authorities have said Skelos traded his influence to extort money from others with business before the state. He says he’s innocent.

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3:30 p.m.

A person familiar with the decision says Dean Skelos (SKEH’-lohs) has resigned his position as New York Senate majority leader after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

He becomes the latest leader to lose his power in a state government marred by corruption.

The person says the Long Island Republican is stepping down as majority leader but will keep his legislative seat while he fights charges that he extorted payments for his son, Adam, from two businesses.

Both men say they are innocent.

The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The person says Sen. John Flanagan of Long Island has won a contest against Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco to replace Skelos.

- Associated Press writer David Klepper contributed to this report from Albany, N.Y.


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