Dean Skelos

Karen DeWitt

The former New York state Senate leader and his son have pleaded not guilty to the latest charges in Manhattan federal court.

Skelos, Son Indicted On Federal Corruption Charges

May 28, 2015
Karen DeWitt

The former leader of the New York State Senate was formally indicted on federal corruption charges Thursday. Senator Dean Skelos resigned as leader earlier in May after the accusations against him were announced by the U.S. Attorney.


When Senator Skelos was arrested for alleged corruption on May 4th, a clock started ticking.  In previous arrests, Governor Cuomo would weigh in with a raft of ethics changes within a couple of weeks.  When former Assembly Speaker Silver was arrested on January 22nd, the governor waited until the Assembly sorted itself out and then gave a major speech to advance ethics measures on February 2nd – ten days later.

The top three officials of New York state government gathered Wednesday behind closed doors for the first time since the Senate picked a new leader.

Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan says the meeting with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo focused on priorities for lawmakers before their annual session ends next month.

The Senate picked Flanagan to be its new leader on Monday following the resignation of Long Island Republican Dean Skelos, who is keeping his Senate seat while he fights federal corruption charges.

  Another New York legislative leader has been arrested on corruption charges.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his fellow Republican Dean Skelos should no longer be the Senate leader.

This was recorded before Skelos stepped down on Monday 5/11.

The new leader of the State Senate, John Flanagan, replaced Dean Skelos, who is facing corruption charges. On Day Two in office, Flanagan says he does not expect any major new reform legislation to happen before the end of the session.

Senate Leader John Flanagan says he does not think that further ethics reform will be enacted in the remaining weeks of the legislative session, despite an ongoing corruption scandal that cost his predecessor his job.

Dean Skelos is out. John Flanagan is in. Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking time off to be with his girlfriend as she battles breast cancer. What’s going on in New York state government? New York State Public Interest Research Group Executive Director Blair Horner is in the studio to talk state politics. 

Skelos Resigns Leadership Post; Flanagan Takes Over

May 11, 2015
Karen DeWitt

Senate Leader Dean Skelos has resigned his post, over a corruption scandal, and Republicans have elected Senator John Flanagan, currently chair of the Education Committee, to be his successor as Majority Leader in the New York state Senate.

5/11/15 Panel

May 11, 2015

    

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Scheduled topics include President Obama and trade agreement; King Salman of Saudi Arabia won't attend meetings at Camp David; President Obama intends to renew a nuclear cooperation agreement with China; Mississippi Police Officers killed; Indian Point transformer explosion; Dean Skelos faces growing opposition.

A Hudson Valley State Senator has joined a group of Republican lawmakers calling on Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to step down.

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