ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Senate’s new Republican majority has given committee chairmanships to three Democrats who split earlier from their party’s main caucus.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Long Island Republican, has named Senator Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat, to chair the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat, to chair the Committee on Children and Families.

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Skelos’ appointments Tuesday include Democratic Sen. David Valesky of Oneida to chair the Committee on Aging.

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The Republicans resumed control of the chamber with a 32-30 majority after the fall elections following two years of Democratic control when two Republican senators were given committee chairmanships.

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