Dean Skelos

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.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, calls for NYS Senator Skelos to step down from majority leader, and Hillary Clinton private emails.

Major newspapers have posted editorials calling for the New York Senate Leader, Dean Skelos, to resign after the Senator and his son have been accused of running a corruption scam. But so far, Skelos is hanging on, and Republicans are trying hard to carry on business as usual.

One day after US Attorney Preet Bharara bought a six count complaint against Skelos, accusing him and his son, Adam, of bribery and extortion, the Senate Leader attended the annual police memorial. In brief remarks, he reiterated his belief that the charges against him are false.

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In a wide-ranging taping of the Congressional Corner on Tuesday, New York Republican representative Chris Gibson of the 19th district told WAMC's Alan Chartock that Dean Skelos, the New York State Senate Majority Leader arrested on federal corruption charges Monday, should step aside.

5/5/15 Panel

May 5, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Scheduled topics include: Skelos arrest, Obama Minority Initiative, Race Relations Poll, Fox News on Baltimore, Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. nomination for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Leader of the New York State Senate, Dean Skelos, surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning and was charged with six counts of corruption, including bribery and extortion, in connection with an alleged scheme that used his political position to enrich himself and his son.

A federal prosecutor says the arrest of the New York Senate leader is more proof that public corruption is a chronic problem in the state.

New York State Senate Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam are facing arrest as early as today in a federal corruption investigation. The New York Times reports that the criminal complaint against Skelos and his son will most likely include conspiracy, extortion and solicitation of bribes. The Times reports it’s not clear whether Skelos will step down. Prosecutors have focused on areas including a contract that Nassau County, Senator Skelos’ district, awarded to a small environmental Arizona based company AbTech despite the fact that, according to the Times, the proposal was not the low bid submitted to the county. Prosecutors have also focused on a 20,000 payment that a title insurance company, American Land Services, made to Adam Skelos, even thought he never worked for the company.

Dean G. Skelos, the Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate, and his son are expected to be arrested on federal corruption charges. The New York Times reports the arrests could come as early as next week.

A federal grand jury is reportedly taking a hard look at business dealings involving New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son.

Back in January, after the arrest of longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges, a New York City television station reported that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was looking into outside income the Republican head of the state Senate, Long Island’s Dean Skelos, had received, particularly involving the real estate industry.