Flanagan announces that he will be returning to rehab

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Incoming Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan announced today that he will be returning to rehab and will be missing the first part of session. 

NewsChannel 34’s Morgan McKay has the details.

Morgan : Former Senate Majority Leader and now incoming Senate Minority Leader John  Flanagan sent out a statement saying he will be seeking help for his alcoholism. 

According Flanagan’s spokesperson, Scott Reiff, Flanagan has been in treatment since before Christmas and is expected to return January 21st. 

This means Flanagan will miss at least the first two weeks of session. 
This is the second time Flanagan has publicly announced that he will be receiving help for his alcoholism. The first time was in 2017. 

Senator Catharine Young of Western New York competed with Flanagan for the Senate Minority position but ultimately lost by a few votes. She however released a statement today saying, “It takes great courage and strength to recognize when an addiction has a dangerous grip on one’s life and to seek outside help in combating the problem. I commend Senator Flanagan for bravely choosing that path.”

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins also sent a statement calling Flanagan a friend and saying “I respect John’s candor and his recognition that he must take care of his health.”

Morgan: In Flanagan’s absence, Senator Joe Griffo from the Utica area will oversee the Republican conference. 

Reporting from the Capitol, I’m Morgan McKay.

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