Dean Skelos says he will cooperate with “any inquiry”

Dean Skelos says he will cooperate with any inquiry

NEW YORK (TIP): Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos has broken his silence on a New York Times report published Wednesday, April 14, that federal investigators are looking into the his dealings and those of his son Adam.

In a one-line statement emailed  April 15 afternoon, Skelos said, “I have and will continue to cooperate with any inquiry.”

He initially did not respond to the Times’ questions.

The Times reported that Skelos and his son are the focus of a corruption inquiry and prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a federal grand jury. NY1 reported that subpoenas for documents have been served to eight of the nine Long Island senators (a band of Republicans often referred to as the Long Island Nine), aside from Skelos, who represents part of Nassau County.

Investigators from U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara’s office are looking at Adam Skelos’s business dealings with storm-water treatment company AbTech Industries, according to the Times. Investigators are reportedly trying to figure out if Skelos used influence in matters involving AbTech.

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