Republicans might oust Skelos Monday

May 11, 2015

The question in Albany is, will Dean Skelos still be Senate majority leader by noon Monday? Republicans are meeting at 11 a.m. to decide his fate.

Dean Skelos could be removed from his leadership post later today.
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There is not believed to be much support for the embattled Long Island majority leader in the wake of his being charged with felony political corruption charges and monetizing his office.

Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy has never been tight with Skelos and said the leader has to go.

"What is critically important is that you have someone with clean hands in that leadership chair, that has the gravitas and experience and is a steady enough hand and tough enough to negotiate with Andrew Cuomo and Carl Heastie to hold the line with principle when it comes to the final resolution of the state legislative session," Langworthy said.

Langworthy said the uproar in Albany and the corruption that has surfaced among Republicans and Democrats is hurting public officials on all levels of government.

Buffalo Democrat Marc Panepinto says as soon as he pushed for Skelos to leave Republicans went after him for his misdemeanor conviction on Election Law violations 14 years ago, something he says is far less serious than Skelos' alleged felony corruption.