Candice Giove, a longtime communications official in Albany, has been named the Senate Republican communications director, Minority Leader John Flanagan on Wednesday announced. 

“We are proud to elevate Candice Giove to this leadership role, where she will undoubtedly work hard to spread the Senate Republican message across this state, including our efforts to repeal bail reform, keep communities safe, lower taxes, and generate jobs," Flanagan said. "She brings a wealth of communications experience to the table, having worked as both a journalist and in politics, and the Senate Republican Conference is looking forward to seeing her excel in her new role."

Giove is replacing Scott Reif, who will join Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration as the communications director for the Office of Technology Services. 

Giove is a former press official for the Independent Democratic Conference and was a reporter for The New York Post. 

She has served as the GOP conference's deputy communications director since 2018. 

“I am proud to lead the Senate Republican communications team at this pivotal moment in New York, one where we’ve seen the detrimental impact of One Party Rule," Giove said. "I thank Senate Republican Leader Flanagan and each Republican state Senator for this new and exciting opportunity."