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ALBANY - After two months on the job, the New York Racing Association chairman appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has taken a leave of absence.

Chairman Anthony Bonomo of Manhasset said in a letter to Cuomo Tuesday that he was stepping aside because he did not want to have recent events distract from the ongoing work of NYRA.

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The action comes after Monday's release of an indictment against former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his son, Adam Skelos. Prosecutors charge that Dean Skelos, 67, tried to "monetize" his political power by getting payments and a job for his son from a developer, an environmental firm and a malpractice insurer.

In the case of the malpractice insurer, prosecutors say it gave Adam Skelos, 32, a no-show job and $100,000 in pay and benefits.

Both Dean and Adam Skelos have pleaded not guilty.

The malpractice insurer has not been officially identified, but Roslyn-based Physicians Reciprocal Insurers, which is headed by Bonomo, issued a statement saying it had been contacted in the federal probe and was cooperating with authorities. The company, New York's second-largest malpractice insurer, has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

There was no comment from Cuomo.

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Skelos was replaced as Senate majority leader in May by Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport).

NYRA operates Aqueduct, Saratoga and Belmont thoroughbred tracks.

Bonomo and his wife, Mary Ellen, own two racing stables, Brooklyn Boyz Racing and MEB Stables.R