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Glenwood vice president said to cooperate with feds

Majority leader and his son allegedly received hundreds of thousands from Leonard Litwin's firm

May 05, 2015 08:30AM

From left: Leonard Litwin and Charles Dorego

From left: Leonard Litwin and Charles Dorego

Charles Dorego, a senior vice president at Leonard Litwin’s Glenwood Mangament, is reportedly cooperating with federal authorities in the case against Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son.

The unsealed complaint showed that Dorego allegedly gave Adam Skelos — the majority leader’s son — $20,000 in cash and gave him title insurance work, according to Capital New York. The developer kept Skelos close to influence issues such as the 421a tax program and rent control. Skelos and his son surrendered to federal authorities on Monday.

“If Dorego is involved,” one unnamed source told the website, “then you can bet more trees are going to fall.”

Glenwood has spent a minimum of $3.6 million on state politicians and political action committees that support them over the last four years. The 102-year-old Litwin has contributed money through roughly two dozen limited liability companies. Only one LLC is registered to Glenwood’s actual address, according to Capital.

Governor Andrew Cuomo received the bulk of the donations, but the developer spent on powerful Democrats and Republicans alike. Glenwood is also a top donor to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

“They are equal opportunity givers,” Susan Lerner, executive director of the good government group Common Cause, told Capital. “They have used the LLC loophole for the benefit of the governor, and various committees and other legislators. I don’t believe there is anybody they don’t contribute to in some way.”

Litwin was also named as “Developer 1” in the complaint against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was arrested in January. [Capital New York]Claire Moses