The former state Senate leader and his son were convicted Friday of federal extortion charges.
The case against Republican Dean Skelos, 67, and his son Adam, 33, cast a harsh light on politics in Albany, much like the one against former Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was convicted of bribery on Nov. 30. The convictions "should be a wake-up call for the legislature and it must stop standing in the way of needed reforms," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
The elder Skelos was accused of strong-arming three companies with a stake in state legislation into giving work to his son. The government said the businesses provided the younger Skelos with about $300,000 and other benefits. The pair will be sentenced March 3. - AP