NY Senate leader resigns amid corruption scandal

Dean Skelos is the latest New York State Senator to resign in a spate of recent corruption scandals.
Senator Dean SkelosMatthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images

The leader of the New York State Senate, Dean Skelos, resigned from his post today after mounting pressure from his Republican colleagues.


Skelos, who was arrested last week along with his son, faces corruption charges for extorting money on behalf of his son.


The New York Times reports his colleagues had at first been determined that he should stay on as Senate majority leader, but today asked him to step down.


Senator Thomas Libous and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have also had high-profile downfalls over the past year amid charges of corruption.


Silver was accused of, among other things, using his political influence to gain clients for his private law firm, and Libous was accused of using his clout to get his son a job and then allegedly lying to the F.B.I. about it.

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