Flanagan said he is proud of his record and is “gratified” to serve as a public official and state senator, and believes he works very hard on behalf of the people he represents by listening to their concerns and by acting on those concerns. “I want to continue to make very strong investments into aid to education. We have a lot of work that we can still do to improve upon economic development and jobs. Jobs is probably No. 1 over everything because everything else flows from that: jobs, education, taxes. We cut taxes this year and I believe we can do more,” he said. “I want to work on issues that we have done a good job on but we always have opportunities to enhance what we have done, and that’s quality of life stuff like breast cancer screenings, opioid and heroin addiction and things of that nature.”
Flanagan, 55, of East Northport is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. Flanagan, the Senate majority leader, is seeking his eighth term as state senator. He spent 16 years serving in the Assembly before he was elected to the State Senate. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary. Flanagan received his law degree in 1990 from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He is married with three children.