Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan on Tuesday released what amounted to an early pre-buttal to push back against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State on Wednesday.
To sum up: Where Cuomo and his allies will see success, Republicans in the state Senate see concerns.
In the remarks, Flanagan pointed to the cash bail law changes, a $6 billion budget hole, the exodus of people moving out of the state and scuttled deal to bring Amazon's headquarters to Queens.
"The state of our state is fragile, unaffordable, and dangerous," he said. "But, it does not have to be that way. In the coming weeks, Senate Republicans will unveil a counter agenda to what Democrats are offering in Albany."
Flanagan said Republicans will seek tax cuts and aid for small businesses, and continue to highlight the end of cash bail for misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges.
"We will control spending and secure New York's future," he said.
"And, we will insist that prosecutors and the police have more of a say on criminal justice issues than the Albany politicians do."
Senate Republicans aren't without their own problems. There's been a steady exodus of lawmakers seeking the exit in the conference in recent weeks, with incumbents either announcing their retirement plans or running for Congress in the new year.
Flanagan, nevertheless, told reporters last month he was confident the GOP had a shot at retaking the majority this fall.