NEW YORK – One of the Greek-American community’s most prominent political leaders, New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is reportedly being investigated for his sources of outside income.
A televised report by NBC New York and by the New York Post said that Skelos is in the spotlight of crusading US Attorney Preet Bharara who had already directed the arrest of longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
No charges have been filed, the station said but the news intensified speculation that Bharara was going deep into the workings of the New York Legislature after he had told people to “stay tuned” for more corruption arrests at the Albany seat of political power in the state.
Word of the investigation comes a week after the Capitol was rocked when Bharara announced the arrest of powerful longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges. In announcing Silver’s arrest, Bharara ominously warned people to “stay tuned” for more Albany corruption arrests.
In addition to leading the Senate, Skelos (R-Nassau County) serves as of counsel to the law firm, Ruskin, Moscou Faltischek on Long Island. He publicly disclosed making between $150,000 and $250,000 from the firm in 2013.
A Skelos spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the NBC report. A top Skelos aide said he was unaware of a probe into the majority leader, the New York Daily News said.
“I don’t know anything about it,” the aide said. NBC reported the Skelos investigation is part of a broader probe focusing on how some part-time legislators make their outside money.
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