- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The top three officials of New York state government have gathered behind closed doors for the first time since the Senate picked a new leader.

Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan says Wednesday morning’s meeting with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo focused on priorities for lawmakers before their annual session ends next month.

The Senate picked Flanagan to be its new leader on Monday following the resignation of Long Island Republican Dean Skelos, who is keeping his Senate seat while he fights federal corruption charges.

Big issues facing lawmakers before they adjourn include the renewal of New York City’s rent regulations and its local control of public schools. Lawmakers will also consider extending a tax break for real estate developers created decades ago to spur development in Manhattan.

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