Robert Ortt, the brand new chief of the Senate Republican convention, says he plans to be an aggressive presence at a state Capitol the place Democrats now management all of the levers of energy.
“We must be on the market loudly, succinctly and appropriately outlining our opposition to many of those proposals and explaining to folks why that is unhealthy for folks’s pocketbooks, households and communities,” Mr. Ortt, a 41-year-old from Niagara County, stated in an interview final week. “They usually deserve stability.”
He stated he would argue in opposition to new modifications to the criminal-justice system—together with the elimination of money bail for a slew of offenses and a legislation to convey police information into public view—and spotlight shortcomings within the state response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Ortt succeeds John Flanagan, who’s retiring from the Senate to work in regional authorities relations for the Northwell Well being hospital system’s Lengthy Island places. Mr. Flanagan stepped down on Sunday after almost 34 years as an elected official.