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US Attorney probing Dean Skelos’ ties to real estate industry

Investigation of NY's Senate Majority Leader follows arrest of Sheldon Silver on bribery charges
January 30, 2015 08:30AM

Federal authorities have launched an investigation into New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ links to the real estate industry.

Skelos is U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s latest target, after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested last week for an alleged $4 million bribery scheme tied to a real estate law firm, according to NBC 4 New York. Skelos, who is serving his 16th term, is the highest ranking Republican in the State Senate. He has not been charged with any wrongdoing, NBC reported.

Skelos’ law firm, Ruskin, Moscou & Faltischek in Uniondale, is not part of the investigation.

In the wake of his arrest, Silver has temporarily stepped down from his position as speaker. He denies all allegations[NBC 4 New York] — Claire Moses