The felony corruption in the New York state legislature of the week:
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara got to continue his anti-corruption-in-Albany victory tour this Friday with a guilty verdict for former State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos, a Long Island Republican, and his son Adam. Just two weeks ago, former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat from the Lower East Side, was found guilty on federal corruption charges too, definitively turning the state’s powerful “three men in a room” into a new arrangement in which Governor Andrew Cuomo is just sitting there by himself.
Skelos, who was kicked out of the state legislature when the jury announced its decision, was charged with using his political power to help his son, who was not at work to make friends — or do work — keep various high-paying jobs. The pair, convicted on eight counts of bribery, extortion, and conspiracy, could face up to 130 years in jail, and will be sentenced on March 3. Skelos, like Silver, plans on appealing the decision.