Dean Skelos was once one of the most powerful men in New York State, but on Thursday, he faces the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence for his corruption conviction last year.
Although Skelos has asked the judge for leniency for him and his son Adam, their fate will be determined at a time when scandal is fresh on people's minds. Todd Howe, an Albany lobbyist, and a former top lieutenant to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joe Percoco, are being investigated for their role in an economic program boosting the city of Buffalo.
"With what is going on now with Mr. Percoco and Mr. Howe and Mr. de Blasio, added to what we just saw happen with Mr. Silver and what's going to happen this week with Mr. Skelos, you just reach a tipping point. And we may have reached a tipping point," said Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters.
Skelos was convicted on eight counts of bribery, which included using his public office to lean on companies to provide income for Adam Skelos.
Shelly Silver got a 12 year sentence last month.
Skelos is expected to get something in that range as well.
Fun times - with Silver and Skelos going to prison and investigations ongoing in both the Cuomo and de Blasio administrations.
I bet the governor is watching this very, very closely today - especially as the more they look into the Buffalo Billion stuff, the more connections they find between him and corruption.