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Father and son Skelos latest Albany representatives guilty of corruption

Jul 18, 2018 12:47 pm
Stephen Rex Brown reports in the New York Daily News that on July 17, for the second time, former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, were found guilty on eight bribery and extortion charges. Skelos, now 70, was sentenced in 2016 to five years in prison. But, after a Supreme Court ruling that redefined what constitutes bribery of a public official, the two got a retrial, with similar results. Skelos was a Republican, and earlier this year, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat and his counterpart, was also convicted of corruption following a retrial. Last week, Gov. Cuomo’s handpicked economic advisor, Alain Kaloyeros, was found guilty of corruption charges related to the state's Buffalo Billion development initiative. In March, another former Cuomo’s aide, Joseph Percoco, was convicted in a separate corruption case. Albany legislators and the governor, though, have not passed any substantial ethics law, or transparency measures, in many years. In this latest corruption case, the father and son Skelos will be sentenced Oct. 24. Read the full story in the New York Daily News.