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Glenwood fined $200K in connection to Skelos, Silver scandals

The firm admitted to violating lobbying laws
December 29, 2016 08:46AM

From left: Sheldon Silver, Dean Skelos (credit: Getty Images) and Leonard Litwin

State officials on Wednesday ordered Glenwood Management to pay $200,000 for violating the state’s lobbying laws in connection with ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics fined Glenwood for its role in the pay-to-play corruption cases of Silver and Skelos, the New York Post reported. The developer hired property tax law firm Goldberg & Iryami in 2012 and 2013, knowing that the firm paid Silver a referral fee, according to JCOPE. At the time, Glenwood was also lobbying Silver on real estate-related issues.

Glenwood, headed by centenarian Leonard Litwin, had also recommended that an environmental technology firm, Ab Tech Industries, hire Skelos’ son as a consultant, authorities said. The firm didn’t properly submit lobbying registration and reports describing meetings with Skelos, according to authorities.

Earlier this year, Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison, and Skelos to five years. [NYP] — Kathryn Brenzel