Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said on Sunday that he received treatment for his addiction to alcohol. “I recognized that alcohol was becoming a crutch to deal with pressure I was under related to my responsibilities as Majority Leader of the New York State Senate,” Flanagan said to the New York Post. “Therefore, I proactively took control of the situation and sought immediate help so I could overcome it and move forward.”
Flanagan also stated that this was a necessary action for himself, his family, for his community and for the State of New York. Sources indicate that he completed an in-patient treatment program sometime after the legislative session ended on June 21. Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins were among the politicians from around the state who offered their support for Flanagan on Twitter.