Skelos & Son: The Sentencing

May 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm

He was one of the most powerful lawmakers in New York. Now Dean Skelos, the former state senate majority leader, is headed to a federal prison. The Long Island Republican was sentenced Thursday May 12 to five years behind bars and ordered to pay a $500,000 fine after being convicted of bribery, conspiracy and extortion charges. Skelos had used his office to get his son roughly $300,000 worth of consulting work and a no-show job. His son, Adam, received a lengthier sentence than his father: a total of six-and-a-half years. Prosecutors had wanted longer sentences for both. This comes just about a week after former state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to twelve years as part of a separate corruption case. Blair Horner, a former aide to the New York state attorney general and the executive director of the non-partisan watchdog group NYPIRG joins us for perspective on what happened in court and what’s next for ethics reform in Albany.