Thursday, May 7, 2015

Relich says Skelos should give up leadership post

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Monroe County Republican Party chair Bill Reilich has joined the ranks of the state GOP leaders calling for Dean Skelos to resign his post as Senate majority leader.

Earlier this week, federal prosecutors charged Skelos with conspiracy, extortion, wire fraud, and soliciting bribes. He's accused of taking actions that would benefit two companies, as long as those companies made payments to his son, Adam Skelos, who is also charged in the federal complaint.

A press release from the county GOP notes that the State Legislature is in its final two months, and that there's "still much important work to be done in Albany before the close" of the session. It included this statement from Reilich:
"Now is not the time to have someone leading the NYS Senate who cannot give their full time and attention to the matters at hand. I believe that Senator Skelos should step down from his leadership position until this matter is brought to a conclusion. I feel this action would be in the best interest of all of our residents and taxpayers."

Republican State Senator Rich Funke has also told media that Skelos ought to give up his leadership post, at least for now.

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