The state Senate Monday lost one long-time Long Island Republican majority leader, but replaced him with another.
Embattled Sen. Dean Skelos stepped down as Senate majority leader, becoming the second legislative leader this year to give up his powerful post after being hit with federal corruption charges.
After what was described by sources as a contentious behind-the-scenes battle, Senate Republicans selected Skelos’ favored choice, Sen. John Flanagan, as their new leader. Sources said Flanagan defeated Syracuse’s John DeFrancisco in a close 18-15 vote.
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