State Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son were convicted by a Manhattan Federal Court jury on all eight counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy earlier this afternoon.
Skelos, a Republican, had been investigated by federal attorney Preet Bharara, the same man who convicted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) on corruption charges.
Via Democrat & Chronicle:
Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, were convicted on all eight corruption counts Friday afternoon, making the former powerful lawmaker the latest New York politician to be found guilty for ethical misdeeds.
The jury came back with the verdict at around 2 p.m. after starting deliberations on Wednesday.
The conviction means that Skelos, the Republican majority leader from 2008 through early 2015, is out of office — just two weeks after ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was found guilty on corruption charges in a separate case.
The eight counts in the Skelos case surrounded allegations that Skelos used his influence to aid his son get jobs and contracts on Long Island.
Like Silver, Skelos faces up to 130 years in prison but will likely receive far less pending appeal.
Gannett reporter Jon Campbell has an excellent, albeit concise timeline of events involving Skelos and Silver this past year.
A banner year for Albany. Jan.: Speaker Silver arrested May: Senate leader Skelos arrested Nov. Silver convicted Dec.: Skelos convicted
— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) December 11, 2015
Skelos, Silver and Governor Cuomo have long been touted as the “three men in a room” who had ruling power over all of New York politics.
The head ‘man in the room,’ Cuomo, is himself being looked at in a corruption case, regarding the abrupt disbanding of the his Moreland Act commission on public corruption.
Meanwhile, Bharara took to social media and wondered just what it will take for the Empire State to clean up their act in Albany.
How many prosecutions will it take before Albany gives the people of New York the honest government they deserve? @SDNYnews
— US Attorney Bharara (@PreetBharara) December 11, 2015
With New York, there will most certainly be more prosecutions to come.
As of today, Skelos becomes the 12th statewide elected official to be convicted since Bharara was appointed to his post in 2009.