The former State Senate majority leader Dean G. Skelos and his son were found guilty of federal corruption charges on Friday, a quick and devastating follow-up punch to the state Capitol in Albany, which has now seen two entrenched leaders convicted and removed from office.Mr. Skelos had been one of the three most powerful men in state government until his arrest earlier this year, and his conviction close on the heels of his former colleague, the longtime Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, is sure to have repercussions beyond the courtroom.
US Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating Governor Cuomo's shutdown of the Moreland Commission and has subpoenaed both Cuomo donors and state entities involved in Cuomo's Buffalo Billion Project.
Yesterday Bharara tweeted his first ever tweet - "Stay Tuned" - at the exact moment Cuomo was announcing the winners in his Buffalo Billion Part Deux for the rest of the state.
Those were the words Bharara used in his press conference announcing Shelly Silver's arrest back in January when he was asked if more arrests were coming.
Some read yesterday's coy tweet as an ominous announcement for what is to come.
We'll see about that.
For now, two of the three most powerful men in Albany have been convicted on corruption charges and the third isn't out of the woods in these matters by a long stretch.