Tag: Dean Skelos

Sheldon Silver
FeaturedNew YorkNew York CityState Assembly

Foiled! Silver Gets Off

Last week, former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Lower Manhattan) escaped justice when a federal appeals panel overturned his conviction for accepting bribes and money-laundering. Who is Sheldon Silver? For over two decades as the leader of the State Assembly's strong Democratic majority, Sheldon Silver established himself as one of New York's most powerful Democrats.…

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Long IslandNew York

Key Witness Against Senate Leader Fired as CEO of Medical Insurance Co.

Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers, a Long Island company and one of the largest medical malpractice insurance firms in the state, fired its CEO, Anthony Bonomo. Bonomo, a major political player in the state, earned fame as the main witness who cooperated with prosecutors to convict former Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (Nassau County) for accepting bribes. Those bribes…

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IDC Leader Jeff Klein and Republican Leader John Flanagan could be in trouble because of the Senate lulu scandal.
Long IslandNew YorkNew York CityState SenateWestchester

Why the Senate Lulu Scandal Might Be Trouble for Everyone

Right now, the top news in the New York politics is the story of the State Senate’s lulu payments, the extra money that legislators in leadership positions earn. A New York Times investigation discovered that seven Senators (three Independent Democrats and four Republicans) earned lulus for positions they did not hold. While the legal fallout…

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The three men in a room: Cuomo, Flanagan, and Heastie.
AnalysisNew York

Three (or Four) Men in a Room and When It Breaks Down

New York State politics is often derided as "three men in a room" making a decision. Whatever is agreed upon by those three men--the Governor (Andrew Cuomo), State Senate leader (currently, Republican John Flanagan), and the Assembly speaker (currently, Democrat Carl Heastie)--becomes law. With the Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate, it's now grown to four men…

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