NY Senate Leader Skelos Faces Corruption Charges
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images [file][/caption]New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam Skelos, have been arrested on federal corruption charges.
The 67-year-old senator and his 32-year-old son turned themselves in at an FBI office in New York City May 4.
United States Attorney Preet Bharara said the men are named in a six-count complaint.
Bharara said Dean Skelos is accused of repeatedly using his power and influence as the Senate leader to "illegally enrich his son, Adam, and indirectly, himself."
Dean Skelos allegedly supported infrastructure projects and legislation based "on what was good for his son's bank account."
Bharara said public corruption continues to be "a deep-seated problem" in New York state. He said the issue affects both houses of the legislature and "both sides of the aisle."
Bharara, in a statement, said his office is "deadly serious about tackling that problem."
Last July, the senate's deputy majority leader, Republican Thomas Libous of Binghamton, was accused of lying to federal agents.
In January, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, resigned his leadership post after he was arrested in a corruption investigation.
Dean Skelos has not announced whether he will step down as majority leader while he fights the federal charges.