Dean Skelos

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.

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.”