Robert Ortt expected to lead New York State Senate Minority Conference

Sen. Robert Ortt is expected to be the next minority leader of the New York state Senate. His main opposition – Sen. Pat Gallivan dropped out on Friday.

“We must take back the legislative authority ceded by the current majority to ensure that all New Yorkers have a voice in their government. We start by taking back the Senate majority. We start by respecting all New Yorkers and every region of the state. We start by respecting employees and employers alike,” Gallivan said in a statement. “We can only do this by working together as a unified conference.”

Ortt released a statement shortly thereafter.

“I am immeasurably honored and grateful that my colleagues have chosen me to lead our Senate Republican Conference, including my good friends and respected senators Pat Gallivan and Andrew Lanza,” Ortt said. “I’m eager to unite our remarkable conference and work with Republicans from across our great state to fight for our party and our values. Hard-working taxpayers, small businesses, and families from all walks of life and every region will have a fierce ally in the Senate Republican Conference.”