U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and WAMC's Alan Chartock speaking Monday at The Linda in Albany.
Joe Donahue

The federal prosecutor behind the convictions of several of New York's most powerful lawmakers made several stops in Albany Monday. Preet Bharara spent an hour at WAMC’s performing arts studio. 

Critical Of Corruption, Bharara Addresses WAMC Audience In Rare Albany Stop
Joe Donahue

In a rare visit to Albany on Monday, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York's Southern District appealed to honest politicians and others in state government to call out corruption when they see it. The address and interview with WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock was co-sponsored by four good-government groups: Citizens Union, Common Cause New York, the League of Women Voters and the New York Public Interest Research Group. Bharara spearheaded the convictions of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on federal corruption charges last year.

U.S Attorney Preet Bharara
U.S Attorney Preet Bharara

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is being honored Friday night in Westchester County.  U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara will be the keynote speaker tonight at the Westchester County Crime Stoppers dinner at the VIP County Club in New Rochelle.


Ethics was, once again, Albany’s big news last week.  Another lawmaker, long-time Assemblyman Bill Scarborough, pled guilty and faces prison, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos joined his former counterpart Assembly Speaker Silver in having to defend himself against charges of corruption.

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.

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.

No Federal Charges To Be Brought In Fatal Shooting

Apr 8, 2015

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Tuesday said his office will not pursue federal criminal charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a college student in Westchester by a police officer who says he shot him in his moving car when he failed to stop.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Saying he's speaking as a citizen, a prosecutor who charged New York's assembly speaker with multiple felonies has called for an end to the state's "three-men-in-a-room" method of governing.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a New York Law School audience Friday he believes power in the state is "unduly concentrated in the hands of just a few men."

Added Bharara: "Some say just three men."

The prosecutor said concentrating power with the governor, the Assembly speaker and the Senate president seemed to feed a culture of corruption that leads to crimes.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

In the latest arrest to stun Albany, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was taken into FBI custody this morning. He faces federal corruption charges.  Silver’s future in the chamber he has run for two decades is in question.

According to widespread reports, Silver was taken into FBI custody on corruption charges shortly before 8 a.m. after a long-term investigation. According to court documents, The 70-year old Democratic leader is accused of using the power of his office to solicit millions in bribes and kickbacks.

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