New York state Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan has announced he will retire early on June 28. The Long Island Republican was not seeking re-election in November.
Flanagan has been in the Senate since 2003 after serving more than a decade in the Assembly.
"It has been my extraordinary honor and privilege to have served the people of New York in both the Assembly and Senate," Flanagan said in a statement Tuesday. "My life has been immeasurably enriched by the thousands of people whom I have met along the way, and I leave Albany with my head full of life lessons and my heart full of fond memories."
Northwell Health says Flanagan will join the health system on June 29 as vice president of regional government affairs in Suffolk and eastern Nassau counties. Northwell is New York’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals and nearly 800 outpatient facilities.
“Throughout his 34 years in public office, John Flanagan has fought for his constituencies in western and central Suffolk County, working to provide tax relief and advocate for budget reforms to improve the area’s financial and overall health. We are pleased to announce he will now be advocating on behalf of Northwell Health,” said Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling in a statement.
Flanagan was the Senate’s Majority Leader from 2015 until Democrats won control of the chamber in 2018.