Tag: Sheldon Silver
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.
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.
Today, Sheldon Silver got justice, and at long last, so did the people of New York."
The senator and his son allegedly extorted $100,000 from a company that lobbied the lawmaker.
Questions linger after state Senate majority leadership switcheroo this week.
The change in leadership comes a week after Skelos was arrested on federal corruption charges.
The powerful state lawmaker from Rockville Centre is accused of taking bribes.