Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who has been retooling his staff headed into a make-or-break election year and in the wake of a spate of departures/firings, announced a new lineup of top staffers late this afternoon.

In a press release that arrived in my inbox shortly after 4 p.m. – (on a Friday, does this qualify as a news dump?) – Flanagan said he has appointed David Previte to serve as counsel to the majority.

Previte is moving up having previously served as senior counsel, focused on Health, Medicaid, Racing and Wagering, and Elections. He will be replacing Beth Garvey, who, Flanagan announced back in August, had informed him of her “desire to step away from the position.”

“David Previte is a skilled legal and policy professional who has what it takes to lead our Majority forward,” Flanagan said. “His intimate knowledge of the Senate and his experience navigating difficult issues both as a senior leader in our Counsel and Program office and as the State Party’s top lawyer will serve him extraordinarily well. I am confident that David will help us achieve a smooth and seamless transition.”

Flanagan also said that as part of the “overall transition, he has elevated James Curran, who recently serviced a special counsel to the majority leader and advised the conference on education issues, to the position of first Deputy within the office.

In addition, three other staffers – Lisa Harris, Jonathan Federman and Nicola Coleman – will each take on increased leadership roles within the office.

“I am thrilled to now have this outstanding team in place, and with their guidance and assistance we are going to hit the ground running next session and build on our many accomplishments as a Senate Majority,” Flanagan said.

This is the first major overhauling of staff Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, has undertaken since he took over the majority leader post from Dean Skelos back in May 2015 after Skelos was forced out of office due to a federal corruption scandal. The staff shuffle is taking place as the Republicans gear up for yet another uphill battle to retain the majority next year – and effort that will largely turn on what Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the now-eight member IDC decide to do.

Flanagan’s retooling has not entirely smooth. Garvey’s rather abrupt departure took the Capitol by surprise.

Though Flanagan formally announced her decision, he did not do the same with several other stop attorneys who dated back to the days when Dean Skelos was majority leader and had also decided to part ways with the Senate GOP, including, as the DN’s Ken Lovett reported, first assistant counsel Rebecca Lovullo, program senior counsel Tim Atkins, and Frank Alleva, a program assistant counsel.

Earlier this month, Lovett (again) reported that three more aides were leaving, but this time it was Flanagan’s decision that they should go. He reportedly dismissed Kathy Pendergast, director of majority appointments, and John Conway, the Republican commissioner at the legislative bill drafting commission. A third unnamed staffer was also on the chopping block, according to Lovett.

Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif did not provide Lovett with any comment, but an anonymous source close to the majority leader called the revolving door of the central staff a “little bit of a re-set.”