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

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.

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.

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.

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.