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Flanagan sees unified GOP on eve of Donald Trump inauguration

State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan says on

State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan says on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, that the Republican Party has come together as Donald Trump's inauguration looms Friday. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

WASHINGTON — State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said that after a divisive presidential primary, the Republican Party nationally and in New York has come together on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“The party has absolutely come together,” Flanagan (R-East Northport) said in an interview after a day of meetings with GOP leaders in Washington. He said Trump found the key to party unity in the need to focus on jobs, “which is just as much an issue in West Virginia as in the Southern Tier.”

“I want to work with him,” Flanagan said. “He deserves a fighting chance.”

Flanagan said he is soaking up the inaugural vibe.

“This is the first time I’ve been to an inaugural and that in itself is just so cool,” he said.

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