Dean Skelos

Blair Horner: Another Albany Pol Bites The Dust

May 16, 2016

Some of the big news in state politics last week was the sentencing of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.  Skelos, like the former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was convicted of corruption.  Skelos was sentenced for five years in prison for his activities in shaking down businesses for often no-show jobs for his son.  A couple of weeks earlier, Silver received 12 years for his corrupt schemes that enriched him by millions of dollars.

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Karen DeWitt

The second of New York state’s top three powerful politicians in two weeks was sentenced to prison in federal court Thursday. Dean Skelos got five years for corruption, along with his son, Adam who received six and a half years.

New York's governor says it adds "insult to injury" that taxpayers have to pay for pensions for elected officials convicted of corruption.

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Karen DeWitt

Ex-New York state Senate majority leader Dean Skelos and his son are seeking a new trial six weeks after they were convicted of federal corruption charges. 

Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky travels to Israel on solidarity mission.
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The Nassau Democratic Committee has unanimously endorsed state Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky to run for the seat vacated by convicted ex-New York Senate Leader Dean Skelos.

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Karen DeWitt

The second legislative leader to be convicted of corruption has now filed his retirement papers, and is eligible for an annual pension that could nearly reach six figures.

Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

2015 saw the fall of two of the three most powerful people in state government, and the rise of one U.S. Attorney. 

WAMC's political observer Dr. Alan Chartock speaks with WAMC's Brian Shields about the verdict Friday afternoon in the federal corruption trial of Dean Skelos, the former New York state Senate Majority Leader, and his adult son, Adam.

Dean, Adam Skelos Found Guilty In Corruption Trial

Dec 11, 2015
Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Karen DeWitt

The second of the New York State legislature’s two former leaders has now been convicted on multiple corruption charges, after a jury wasted no time finding former Senate Leader Dean Skelos and son Adam guilty on all eight counts Friday.

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Karen DeWitt

  Audio recordings released by the U.S. Attorney’s office at the corruption trial of Senator Dean Skelos aim to show that the Senate Leader and his son colluded to use Skelo’s official position to help his son get employment, in what turned out to be a succession of no show jobs. But the recordings paint a revealing picture about how Albany really works behind the scenes.

Despite Trials, Little Talk Of Reform In Albany

Nov 18, 2015
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The New York state legislature is seemingly back to business as usual, with majority parties holding planning meetings, and the new session set to begin right after the holidays. But as Karen DeWitt reports, there has been little public discussion about a corruption crisis that has led to the two most powerful men in the legislature both on trial in federal court this month.

A witness at the corruption trial of former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says the politician's son threatened to smash his head if he tried to make him show up for a no-show job.

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Karen DeWitt

A prosecutor says former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos abused his office to line the pockets of his adult son.

Blair Horner: Albany On Trial

Nov 16, 2015

As the former New York State Senate Majority Leader goes to trial and his former counterpart Assembly Speaker is still in court, it has become clear that whatever the outcome, Albany’s ethics is on trial.

Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Karen DeWitt

For the second time in a month, one of New York State's biggest political figures is going on trial on corruption charges.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about today's news including former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos who gets to keep a state senate perk, a car, despite being indicted on federal corruption charges.

Former State Senate Majority Leader 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
Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
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
Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
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.

Democratic lawmakers in New York will try again to oust state Senate Leader Dean Skelos following his arrest on federal corruption charges.

5/7/15 Panel

May 7, 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 Executive Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Scheduled topics include: Skelos Protest, Cuomo on Skelos, Hillary Clinton Super Pac, Hillary Clinton Income Inequality, Deflategate Returns, and British Elections.

Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first public comments since the leader of the State Senate was charged in an extortion and bribery scheme, says if true, he finds the accusations “disturbing.”

Cuomo, speaking in Syracuse, commented for the first time since Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was charged with six counts of public corruption.

“If the charges are correct, it’s deeply disturbing” Cuomo said. “And the narrative that the papers present is deeply disturbing and troubling.”

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has been trying to maintain normal Senate proceedings in the wake of his arrest by federal authorities on corruption charges.  The Long Island Republican is being supported by his caucus — for now. In New York’s North Country, WAMC’s Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, opinions are mixed on whether the Senate leader should stay or leave.

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