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State Sen. Dean Skelos, second from right, of Rockville Centre and his son, Adam Skelos, are shown in a courtroom sketch on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, as Assistant U.S. Attorney Tatiana Martins speaks to jurors during opening statements of a federal corruption trial in federal court in Manhattan. The Skeloses are charged with conspiracy, extortion and bribery.(Credit: US Attorney's Office / Jane Rosenburg)

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New York Senator Dean Skelos

Photos of Dean Skelos, a Republican New York State senator from Rockville Centre. Skelos resigned as a longtime Senate majority leader in May 2015 after federal prosecutors charged him and his son, Adam Skelos, with corruption. Prosecutors allege the father and son used Dean Skelos' power to push for favorable legislation and public contracts on behalf of three companies. Both pleaded not guilty to extortion, bribe solicitation and other charges. Their trial start date is Nov. 16, 2015. An investigation also produced evidence that Adam Skelos was paid for jobs for which he was routinely a no-show and that Dean Skelos tried to use financial information about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's partner, Sandra Lee, as a bargaining chip to steer policies, prosecutors say.


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