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ALBANY – Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan, a Suffolk County Republican, announced Tuesday he is leaving office sooner than later, opening up the minority leader’s position just months before Democrats are pushing to increase their majority in the November elections. Among those interested in Flanagan’s job: Sen. Patrick Gallivan, an Elma Republican, and Senator Rob Ortt from North Tonawanda.

Of all his accomplishments since becoming governor in 2011, Andrew M. Cuomo may cite passing a string of budgets on time, or nearly on time, more often than any other. But this week, even with his own Democrats now controlling both houses of the State Legislature, the Assembly and Senate appear to be digging in for a fight with the

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