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Advocates and citizens frustrated with the avalanche of corruption scandals on Long Island and statewide are rallying and organizing other grassroots efforts aimed at pressuring lawmakers into being more ethical and transparent. Local good government groups picketed this week outside the Long Island office of New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), urging him to allow passage of ethics reforms for Albany lawmakers before the legislative session ends June 16. And a New York City-based nonprofit this week announced that it’s suing LI municipalities that fail to turn over financial documents in a statewide citizen-led transparency initiative recently started in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Disgraced ex-New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) was sentenced Thursday at Manhattan federal court to five years in federal prison after being convicted of corruption last year. Judge Kimba Wood also sentenced the ex-senator's son, Adam Skelos, who was also convicted of corruption charges, to 6 1/2 years in prison. The judge will decide next week whether the men can post bail while they appeal their convictions or will be ordered to begin serving their terms while the appeals play out.
Nassau board of elections officials certified Monday that Democrat Todd Kaminsky, an Assemblyman from Long Beach, beat Republican opponent Chris McGrath, an attorney from Hewlett in the race for the ninth state senate district to replace ex-State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who was expelled from office when he was convicted on federal corruption charges in December.
Democrat Todd Kaminsky declared victory in Tuesday’s special election for a New York State Senate seat that could sway the balance of power in the chamber, but Republican Christopher McGrath hasn’t conceded. Kaminsky, a freshman state Assemblyman and former federal prosecutor from Long Beach, leads McGrath, an attorney and first-time candidate from Hewlett, by 780 votes, according to unofficial results tallied by the Nassau County Board of Elections. If confirmed, a Kaminsky win could give state Senate Democrats a majority for the first time since 2009—although that also hinges on if a handful of breakaway Democrats that caucus with Republicans rejoin their party.
Context was often lost between the pace of coverage and testimony jumping around between dates, blurring significant moments in the timeline of the conspiracy. Seen in full, it offers a revealing look at the raw power that money has in The Empire State's politics, and the abuse of this state's most trusted offices to capitalize on this power toward a lawmaker's personal objectives.
Attorneys argue that the evidence outlined in court was not strong enough to warrant a conviction.
The senator, who will be expelled from office, is scheduled to be sentenced in March, but will appeal the verdict.
Prosecutors summed up their theory of the case while defenders tried to poke holes in the testimony.