In January 2013, the three Men in a Room were Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (left), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, (center), and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (right). Now, both Silver and Skelos have stepped down from their leadership roles because of corruption charges.
New York State Government is famous for its “three men in a room” way of doing business. The three men are the Governor, the Assembly Speaker, and the Leader of the State Senate.
This week there’s a new incarnation of the three men in a room.
That’s because Republican Dean Skelos of Long Island resigned as leader of the state senate on Monday after being brought up on federal corruption charges. He was replaced by a fellow Long Islander, Republican John Flanagan.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who turned himself in to federal authorities on corruption charges Monday, will remain in his position, Republicans announced after a more than three hour closed door meeting Monday night.
Skelos, who is charged with using his political position to enrich himself and his son in a bribery and extortion scheme, did not speak to the media. Republican conference chair Ken LaValle, who, like Skelos, is also from Long Island, spoke for the group.
New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, left, and his son Adam arrive at FBI offices, Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. The pair surrendered to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son.
New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning, and was charged with six counts of corruption, including bribery and extortion, in connection with an alleged scheme that used his political position to enrich himself and his son.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti corruption commission issued a scathing report on Monday evening that criticizes what the commission says is Albany’s culture of corruption and recommends numerous reforms.
Supporters of campaign finance reform rallied outside a hearing on Tuesday held by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's commission on public corruption. They demanded change to what they say is a pay to play culture.