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A mere 5 days and 7 hours after we reset the BEL "NY Corruption Clock" for the plea deal entered into by NY Assemblyman William Scarborough, news of the arrest of NY's Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau) broke this morning.
More after the jump
Here's the skinny from the NY Observer:
New York Senate Leader Dean Skelos has been charged with extortion, conspiring to commit fraud, and soliciting bribes in a corruption scheme also involving his son Adam Skelos—making Mr. Skelos the second of Albany’s famous “three men in a room” leadership to face criminal charges from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
The complaint alleges that Mr. Skelos, a Republican and leader of the State Senate, sought to direct companies with business before the state to give business to his son, with the expectation that Mr. Skelos would then treat those companies favorably. Those companies include a real estate developer and an environmental technology company, according to the complaint.
The soliciting bribes charges allege that Mr. Skelos and his son had accepted “cash and things of value” worth more than $5,000 from the real estate developer and the environmental company, both with business before the state, with the intention of influencing Mr. Skelos.