State Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son are being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for possible corruption. Skelos, a Republican, is being investigated by federal attorney Preet Bharara, the same man who indicted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) in January on corruption charges.
Via the New York Times:
Federal prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury considering a case against the leader of the New York State Senate, Dean G. Skelos of Long Island, and his son, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Investigators have served a number of subpoenas in recent weeks, including several to state senators on Long Island, and federal prosecutors have interviewed people who have had dealings with Adam Skelos, the Republican senator’s son.
News of the investigation follows the arrest this year of Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, and his resignation as speaker; any criminal case against Senator Skelos, the majority leader, would throw the Capitol into further tumult.
Bharara famously denounced the triumvirate of Skelos, Silver and Governor Cuomo as “three men in a room” who had ruling power over all of New York politics.
The Observer reported:
Mr. Bharara also criticized how elements of the media and political establishment seem to have accepted and embraced the notion of a government by three men—and threw an apparent jab at Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who jokingly referred to himself, Mr. Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos as “the Three Amigos” in his State of the State address earlier this week.
The head ‘man in the room,’ Governor Cuomo, is himself being looked at in a corruption case, regarding the abrupt disbanding of the governor’s Moreland Act commission on public corruption.