NY Senate leader Skelos to resign amid corruption charges

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Dean Skelos Steps Down As New York Senate Majority Leader

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Monday said he would resign his leadership post a week after being charged in a corruption scheme involving his son, and was replaced by a fellow senator from Long Island, two lawmakers said.

Skelos told other Republican senators during a closed-door meeting that he would step down. Sen. John Flanagan was elected to replace him, according to Sens. Kenneth LaValle and Philip Boyle.

Skelos, whose office did not immediately have comment and it remained unclear whether he would resign from the Long Island Senate seat he has held for 30 years.

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New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, second from right, speaks alongside his son Adam, second from left, after leaving federal court in New York Monday, May 4, 2015, after arraignment on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, center left, and his son Adam, right, leave federal court in New York, Monday, May 4, 2015, after arraignment on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, left, and his son Adam arrive at FBI offices, Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. The pair surrendered to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, center, and his son Adam leave federal court, Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. The pair were arraigned on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam leave federal court in New York, Monday, May 4, 2015, after arraignment on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, center right, speaks along side his son Adam, center left, after leaving federal court in New York Monday, May 4, 2015, after arraignment on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara addresses members of the media regarding New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam during a news conference Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. The Skeloses surrendered Monday to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired Adam. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, center right, speaks along side his son Adam, center left, after leaving federal court in New York, Monday, May 4, 2015, after arraignment on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara addresses members of the media regarding New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam during a news conference Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. The Skeloses surrendered Monday to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired Adam. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, center, leaves federal court, Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. Skelos and his son were arraigned on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, arrives to his office at the Capitol on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Skelos could face a vote seeking his ouster if he refuses to step aside following his arrest last week on federal corruption charges. Skelos has so far rejected calls to resign from Democrats and a growing number of members from his own Republican Party. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
New Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, R-Smithtown, waves to the gallery before being sworn-in in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Flanagan succeeds Republican Dean Skelos who resigned his position as leader following his arrest on federal corruption charges. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, left, congratulates new Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, R-Smithtown, after his election in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Skelos resigned his position as the leader following his arrest on federal corruption charges. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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Federal authorities last week charged Skelos, 67, and his son Adam, 32, with extortion and soliciting bribes, in the latest of a string of criminal cases against state legislators.

Prosecutors said Skelos pressured a real estate developer and an environmental technology company to pay his son more than $200,000 in exchange for his support on infrastructure and legislation.

Skelos, who has maintained his innocence, is the fifth consecutive majority leader of the state Senate to face criminal corruption charges.

The charges against Skelos came as former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver faces a November trial on charges that he received kickbacks for steering business to two law firms. Silver, who has pleaded not guilty, resigned as speaker shortly after the charges were unveiled in January.

Flanagan, a 54-year-old lawyer, was first elected to the Senate in 2002.

(Reporting By Daniel Wiessner; Editing by Christian Plumb)

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