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Disgraced State Sen. Dean Skelos and son Adam found guilty of corruption

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a person wearing a suit and tie © Alec Tabak / for New York Daily News A Manhattan Federal Court jury found Dean Skelos and his son guilty Tuesday of using his powerful position as state Senate majority leader to strong-arm businesses into giving his son no-show jobs.

Skelos, who once was one of the “three men in the room” who controlled Albany, along with the Governor and Assembly speaker, will do time alongside his troubled, bratty son, Adam.

They faced bribery and extortion charges and were both found guilty on all counts.

It was the second time the father-son duo were convicted. Dean Skelos, 70, was sentenced in 2016 to five years in prison and Adam Skelos, 36, got 6 1/2 years. They were retried due a subsequent Supreme Court decision that changed the criminal elements of corruption.

The second time around, the elder Skelos took the stand in his own defense. The Nassau County Republican choked up while describing himself as a loving father trying to help the son who had been a screw-up for much of his adult life. The gambit, which painted Adam Skelos as a man-child, apparently backfired.

“Quite frankly, I’ve asked a lot of people to help my son,” Skelos said on the stand. “If I had the opportunity to ask (somebody) to help Adam, I would.”

Officials from the medical malpractice insurer PRI, the real estate giant Glenwood Management, and a manufacturer of storm-water treatment products, Abtech, testified that they gave Adam Skelos cushy jobs because of his dad.

But the younger Skelos was a terrible employee, showing up to work late and failing to meet his employers’ low expectations. He even threatened to “smash in” the head of one boss, according to testimony.

“His temperament, sometimes he could get a bit abrasive,” Skelos admitted on the stand. “It could get a little ugly.”

Adam Skelos did not testify in his defense.

But prosecutors said Skelos was nothing more than a smooth-talking crooked politician who abused his power.

“Dean had power, enormous power, and every two years he swore an oath — an oath to use that power to represent the people who elected him,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom McKay told the jury in closing remarks. “He had the power to make or break companies with state legislation. That’s not just a father trying to help a son, that’s criminal.”

The retrial of Skelos took place down the hall from a courtroom where Gov. Cuomo’s handpicked economic guru, Alain Kaloyeros, was found guilty last weej of rigging bids for the Buffalo Billion initiative. Three developers were also convicted. In a related trial, Cuomo’s former close aide, Joseph Percoco, was convicted in March of accepting some $300,000 in bribes.

Also earlier this year, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted of corruption following a retrial.

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Skelos, who once was one of the “three men in the room” who control Albany, will do time alongside his troubled, bratty son, Adam, who was also found TKTKTKT.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Jefferson Siegel / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

It was the second time the father-son duo had been convicted. Dean Skelos, 70, was sentenced in 2016 to five years in prison; Adam Skelos got 6 1/2 years. They were retried due a subsequent Supreme Court decision that changed the elements of corruption.

They faced bribery and extortion charges.

The second time around, the elder Skelos took the stand in his own defense. The Nassau County Republican choked up describing himself as a loving father trying to help the son who had been a screw-up for much of his adult life.

“Quite frankly, I’ve asked a lot of people to help my son,” he said. “If I had the opportunity to ask (somebody) to help Adam, I would.”

Officials from the medical malpractice insurer PRI, the real estate giant Glenwood Management, and a manufacturer of storm-water treatment product, Abtech, testified that they gave Adam, 35, cushy jobs because of his dad.

Adam was a terrible employee, showing up to work late and failing to meet his employers’ low expectations. He even threatened to “smash in” the head of one boss, according to testimony.

“His temperament, sometimes he could get a bit abrasive,” Dean Skelos admitted on the stand. “It could get a little ugly.”

But prosecutors said Skelos was nothing more than a smooth-talking crooked politician who abused his power.

“Dean had power, enormous power, and every two years he swore an oath — an oath to use that power to represent the people who elected him,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom McKay told the jury in closing remarks. “He had the power to make or break companies with state legislation. That’s not just a father trying to help a son, that’s criminal.”

The retrial of Skelos took place down the hall from a courtroom where Gov. Cuomo’s handpicked economic guru, Alain Kaloyeros, was found guilty of rigging bids for the Buffalo Billion initiative. Three developers were also convicted. In a related trial, Cuomo’s former close aide, Joseph Percoco, was convicted in March of accepting some $300,000 in bribes.

Also earlier this year, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted of corruption following a retrial.

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