New York Senate leader surrenders to face corruption charges

by Associated Press  |  published on May 4, 2015

The leader of the New York Senate surrendered Monday to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes after investigators looking into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son said they captured him on wiretaps boasting of his power.

Dean Skelos, 67, of Long Island and his 32-year-old son, Adam, surrendered at the FBI’s offices in lower Manhattan as a criminal complaint was unsealed against them in federal court, where they were expected to appear later in the day.

Authorities said Dean Skelos – New York state’s most powerful Republican official -has used his position as a carrot since at least 2010, taking official actions in return for payments to his son.

According to court papers, some evidence was obtained through court-authorized wiretaps on cellphones used by the father and son.

The complaint said Dean Skelos bragged to his son recently in one conversation after he was re-elected majority leader in January, a post he shared with another senator from 2011 to 2013: “I’m going to be president of the Senate. I’m going to be majority leader. I’m going to control everything.”

  • Joe

    Perhaps the New York senator learned every thing he knows about governing from former New York senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, or from former Chicago community organizer, Barack Obama.

  • John VanderKelen

    This country has a dearth of men and women of integrity and an overabundance of those the Bible describes as “lovers of money.” Money is a great servant but a horrible master.

  • Retta

    What about Biden’s brother hired by Hill International to rebuild in Iraq. Six months later, they got a federal government contract for $1.5 Billion dollars. Biden’s son Hunter now on the Board of Directors of Burisma Holdings, the largest gas producer in the Ukraine. This is the same one kicked out of the Navy for a positive drug test for cocaine.

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