He was quickly replaced by another Long Island lawmaker, Suffolk County Sen. John Flanagan.READ MORE: Yankees Ace Gerrit Cole Tests Positive For COVID-19, Will Not Make Scheduled Start Tuesday
Skelos released a statement late Monday afternoon, listing “significant victories” from his term as leader of state senate Republicans, and saying he has “always endeavored to do what I thought was right for this state, for my constituents and for the men and women of the Senate Republican Conference.”
In the statement, he said the past seven days have taken a “tremendous toll” on his family, and complained that a news photographer came to his son’s backyard and brought about a “disruption that caused my 2-year-old grandson to fall and split his lip open.”
“This scrutiny was more real and more eye-opening than I could have ever imagined when I asked the members of our conference to stand by me last week. With that in mind, I have decided to step down as Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate,” Skelos said in the statement.
“In addition, the last thing I would ever want to do is distract from the good work that Senate Republicans have done or make it more difficult to close down this legislative session in a positive and productive way,” he said in the statement. “This is a difficult decision for me personally, but I know it is the right one. I deeply love this institution and admire each and every one of my colleagues for the choice they made to enter public service so they could make a difference in the lives of hardworking New York taxpayers and their families.”