Former state Senate boss Dean Skelos and his son will be retried on corruption charges in Manhattan federal court Tuesday, after their previous convictions were tossed on appeal.
The pair were convicted in 2015 on a series of stunning corruption allegations.
Federal prosecutors charged that Skelos used his powerful office to cajole a Manhattan developer, environmental technology company and medical malpractice insurer to provide his son, Adam, with a series of do-nothing jobs that were worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Wiretaps caught Adam calling Gov. Cuomo a “p–sy” for banning fracking, which Skelos had pushed to legalize and from which his son hoped to profit.
“How do we beat [Cuomo] in an election? Would be so proud of you if you kicked his ass.”
Skelos replied: “You watch what I’m going to do in the next couple of years with him.”
However, the 2015 convictions were tossed in 2017 after the US Supreme Court narrowed the definition of public corruption, a change good-government groups say now makes it easier for crooked politicians to escape justice.
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