Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son are expected to be arrested on federal corruption charges next week, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The expected arrests, coming roughly three months after federal bribery and kickback charges led Assemblyman Sheldon Silver to step down as speaker, would signal an extension of the investigation into allegations of political corruption in Albany, and would almost certainly further upend the legislative session.
To be fair to the New York Times, they waited until the third paragraph to mention that Dean Skelos is a Republican, and that Sheldon Silver is a Democrat. If this story is correct – and there is nothing at all incredible about the idea that corruption runs through the New York legislature like decay runs through a rotten apple – then clearly Sheldon Silver took my advice and let the bodies hit the floor. Of course, Silver had a lot of people telling him to give up everybody he knows at work…
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PS: Shed no tears for anybody caught in this, by the way. New York is like Illinois: both state parties are deeply corrupt, are largely in cahoots with each other, and should be (metaphorically) burned down to bedrock. It’s a good day for good-government when the feds start making corruption arrests in those states.
PPS: So. NYS State Speaker and Senate Leader. Think that maybe Governor Andrew Cuomo is having a bad afternoon? …Mayyyyybe.