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Cuomo, Ortt react to Skelos verdict

Staff Reports Posted 11 December 2015 at 12:00 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, have both issued statements following the conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam on bribery, extortion and conspiracy counts.

Skelos, a Republican from Long Island, is the second State Legislature leader found guilty of public corruption following the conviction of former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Nov. 30.

“There can be no tolerance for those who use, and seek to use, public service for private gain,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “The justice system worked today. However, more must be done and will be pursued as part of my legislative agenda. The convictions of former Speaker Silver and former Majority Leader Skelos should be a wakeup call for the Legislature and it must stop standing in the way of needed reforms.”

Ortt issued this statement:

“Hopefully today’s decision will serve as a catalyst for good government in Albany,” Ortt said. “Although the Senate took important steps toward that end this year, such as stripping pensions from convicted elected officials, more work remains. That’s why I will continue to support increased transparency and accountability measures, so that we can restore the public’s trust in state government.”