Lisa Tyson, Director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition on Senator Dean Skelos Sentencing
“When it comes to having elected officials who are responsive to the needs of most New Yorkers, Dean Skelos embodies all that’s wrong with Albany. What’s worse than his crimes to enrich himself and his son is the legal bribery that happens every day at the Capitol. When Skelos was head of the Senate Republicans, he set the agenda – an agenda that put CEO and his own personal profits before the needs of ordinary New Yorkers.
As the prosecutor noted his actions have “eroded the public trust.” The public trust cannot be restored until we have a fair and just election system. This sentencing should be a clear message to Senator John Flanagan and the Senate that real election reform that takes big money out of politics and provides Long Island voters with the assurance there is transparency and accountability in the system.”