BREAKING!: CW has just learned ugly news — Gov. Cuomo working behind the scenes for Flanagan to replace Skelos pic.twitter.com/ECSU2gklJF— Cuomo Watch (@CuomoWatch) May 10, 2015
Fred Dicker last Monday:
Several sources close to the Senate GOP said they expected Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has worked closely with Skelos to legalize gay marriage and pass the anti-gun SAFE Act, to aid the selection of Flanagan.
“The fact is that Long Island Republicans, with few exceptions, are no different than the Democrats: They love Cuomo, they favor big government, they like big spending, and they’re hostile to the Second Amendment,’’ said a former Senate GOP employee.
No surprise that the ethically challenged Andrew Cuomo wants to replace the ethically-challenged Dean Skelos with the ethically-challenged John Flanagan.
And just how ethically-challenged is John Flanagan?
Well, here's a start, (from March 16, 2015):
What Is John Flanagan Doing For The Money?Dovetailing with the Newsday story yesterday that investigated just how Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is making $250K for a law firm where he is listed as having no specialty (he's just "of counsel") comes this Daily News report about Senate Education Committee Chair John Flanagan:
ALBANY — A veteran Long Island state senator voted on a host of bills that benefited clients of a law firm for which he works, the Daily News has learned.
In addition to being a longtime state lawmaker who chairs the Senate Education Committee, John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) is “of counsel” at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana in Uniondale, where he reported making between $100,000 and $150,000 in 2013.
A number of the clients listed on the law firm’s website have business before the state, including Cablevision, Chase Bank, and Citibank.
The firm also lists as clients different colleges, governments and other groups with matters before the state.
Government reform advocates say there is at the very least an appearance of a conflict of interest that should have led Flanagan to either recuse himself from votes impacting clients of his law firm or publicly disclose the ties.
“There should be a desire to avoid even the appearance of impropriety and undue influence,” said Susan Lerner, of Common Cause/New York.
In a number of cases, Flanagan voted in favor of bills on which public records show clients of his law firm had lobbied.
John Flanagan isn't looking to take over from Dean Skelos - he's looking to pick up where Skelos left off.
And Newsday reports he thinks he's close to having the numbers:
State Sen. John Flanagan has begun to solidify support to succeed Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican source said Saturday.
"The counting is ongoing, but the Flanagan people are very confident they have more than the required number to take the leadership post," the source said.
Meet the new boss, same as the old one.