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Law firm paid Skelos $170K a year to do nothing: prosecutors

Former NY Senate majority leader and son going on trial Nov. 16

November 06, 2015 06:00PM

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From left: Dean Skelos and Adam Skelos

Not only did Dean Skelos, the former New York State Senate Majority Leader, use political muscle to score his son Adam a “no-show job,” he’s done the same thing for himself since the 1990s, according to prosecutors.

Skelos got a position at Uniondale-based law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek in 1994 that paid him around $170,000 per year. But despite being on the firm’s books, “there is no indication the senator performs any legal services,” according to new court papers.

Skelos, 67, resigned from his position in May after being hit with federal corruption charges for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from developers – namely Leonard Litwin’s Glenwood Management – in exchange for political favors.

Skelos and his son Adam, 32, will go on trial starting Nov. 16, with Adam also alleged to have accepted no-show employment positions thanks to his father’s influence. [NYP]Rey Mashayekhi