NY Senate leader Skelos to resign amid corruption charges

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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Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, center, and son Adam Skelos, right, exit federal court with attorney G. Robert Gage Jr., left, in New York, U.S., on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. The Skeloses were found guilty on all eight counts of corruption. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A combination photo shows: Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (L) exiting the Manhattan federal court house in New York on December 8, 2015 and his son Adam Skelos (R) exiting the Manhattan federal court house in New York, U.S. on May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photos
Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (L) exits the Manhattan federal court house in New York City, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos exit the Manhattan federal court house in New York City, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) exits the Manhattan federal court house in New York December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos arrives at the Manhattan federal court house in New York City, U.S. May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York speaks to the media during a press conference in New York May 4, 2015. New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, was taken into custody by federal authorities on Monday morning as part of a public corruption matter, an FBI spokesman said. Skelos and his son, Adam, were seen by a Reuters photographer walking into the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in lower Manhattan earlier in the day following reports that the two men would be charged criminally. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
New York State Senator Dean Skelos arrives at the Jacob Javits Federal Building in New York May 4, 2015. New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, was taken into custody by federal authorities on Monday morning as part of a public corruption matter, an FBI spokesman said. Skelos and his son, Adam, were seen by a Reuters photographer walking into the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in lower Manhattan earlier in the day following reports that the two men would be charged criminally. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, right, arrives at federal court in New York, U.S., on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Prosecutors say the once-powerful Republican politician badgered companies that needed his political sway to funnel more than $300,000 to his son through consulting work and a no-show job. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Adam Skelos, son of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, exits federal court in New York, U.S., on Friday, July 13, 2018. Prosecutors say the once-powerful Republican politician badgered companies that needed his political sway to funnel more than $300,000 to his son through consulting work and a no-show job. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Adam Skelos walks into a Manhattan court for his sentencing on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. Skelos and his father, former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, are scheduled to be sentenced for eight felony counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Adam Skelos walks into a Manhattan court for his sentencing on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. Skelos and his father, former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, are scheduled to be sentenced for eight felony counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos walks into a Manhattan court for his sentencing on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. Skelos and his son Adam are scheduled to be sentenced for eight felony counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, right, arrives at federal court in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Skelos and his son will be retried on corruption charges after their previous convictions were tossed on appeal. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos walks into a Manhattan court for his sentencing on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. Skelos and his son Adam are scheduled to be sentenced for eight felony counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos speaks to a member of the media while exiting federal court in New York, U.S., on Friday, July 6, 2018. Prosecutors say the once-powerful Republican politician badgered companies that needed his political sway to funnel more than $300,000 to his son through consulting work and a no-show job. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Adam Skelos walks into a Manhattan court for his sentencing on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. Skelos and his father, former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, are scheduled to be sentenced for eight felony counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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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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