It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks in the upper chamber. Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) was arrested and after an awkward delay, stepped down from his position as majority leader. Then, last Monday his fellow Long Islander John Flanagan succeeded him after a close conference vote. This week the East Northport native sits down with us to discuss his views on the Dream Act, the Safe Act and a host of other end-of-session priorities for Republicans.
It seems like a long time now, with the arrest of Dean Skelos and the ascension of new Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, but the state budget passed just seven short weeks ago. We've heard a lot about the new teacher evaluation plan, school aid and ethics reforms but this week on New York NOW we'll take a look at what a small fraction of the $142 billion spending plan is helping create - a logger training program.