On June 19, 2020, the New York State Senate Republican Conference named Sen. Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) as the new Senate Minority Leader.
Leader Ortt, 41, has represented State Senate District 62 in Western New York since 2015. Before being elected to the Senate in 2014, Leader Ortt served as Mayor of North Tonawanda for five years. As a member of the New York National Guard, Leader Ortt was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. He is a Bronze Star recipient and has achieved the rank of first lieutenant. Leader Ortt replaces Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport), who is stepping down from the Senate effective June 28, 2020 to pursue a private-sector employment opportunity.
The Buffalo News describes Leader Ortt as “a sharp critic of Cuomo and his policies.” Leader Ortt has said that he intends to be a “change agent who will speak out forcefully against ‘an increasingly radical left moving the Democratic Party.’ Leader Ortt added that Senate Republicans “‘need to present our vision for alternative governance in the state of New York … When the Senate [majority went] to Democrats, we lost balance in this state. That’s why you’ve seen this deluge of liberal policy go through.’”
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms congratulates Leader Ortt on his new role and urges New York’s Christian community to pray for him as he undertakes it.