Griffo steps down as deputy minority leader in state Senate

UTICA, NY – In a letter to New York State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-I-C-Rome, announced that he would be relinquishing the title of Deputy Minority Leader upon the completion of this year’s term.

“We are immensely grateful for Sen. Griffo’s dedication to the Conference and passion for his role, and the countless hours he spent leading our senators on the floor,” Minority Leader Ortt said. “We appreciate his vast knowledge of the Senate and its parliamentary procedures, which he seamlessly took us through each session day. Sen. Griffo will still play an integral role in our leadership team as we move ahead, and we thank him for his commitment to this Conference.”

The full text of Sen. Griffo’s letter is below:

Dec. 14, 2020

Minority Leader Robert Ortt
New York State Senate
Capitol Building
Room 315
Albany, NY 12247

Dear Leader Ortt:

At the time I made the decision to not seek Conference leadership, I also began to assess my current professional roles and responsibilities, as well as my personal obligations. Accordingly, I have made the decision to relinquish the title of Deputy Minority Leader upon the completion of this term.

It has been a privilege and honor to serve as Deputy Minority Leader, and I am appreciative of the Conference’s members for having the confidence in me to serve in this role. I look forward to working with you and the Conference as we continue to focus on creating economic opportunity, achieving fiscal affordability, restoring the balance of power in state government and fighting to ensure the equal treatment of all regions of New York State.


Joseph A. Griffo
New York State Senator, 47th Senate District