Dean Skelos

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Dean Skelos
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New York Senate District 9
Incumbent
In office
1985 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 30
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Temporary President of the Senate
2015-present
State Senate Majority Leader
2015-present
Temporary Co-President of the Senate
2012 - 2014
Co-Majority Leader, New York State Senate
2011 - 2014
Minority Leader, New York State Senate
2009 - 2010
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 1984
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$9,853,713
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
1981 to 1983
Education
High schoolSouth Side High School, 1966
Bachelor'sWashington College, 1970
J.D.Fordham University School of Law, 1975
Personal
Date of birthFebruary 16, 1948
Place of birthRockville Centre, NY
ProfessionCounsel
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Dean G. Skelos (b. February 16, 1948) is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 9. He was first elected to the chamber in 1984. He currently serves as Temporary President and Majority Leader.[1]

Skelos is currently the subject of a grand jury investigation involving his son, Adam Skelos, and his business dealings. More information on the investigation can be found here.

Skelos served in the New York State Assembly from 1981 to 1983. From 1995 to 2008, he was Deputy Majority Leader for Legislative Operations. He briefly served as Temporary President/Majority Leader in the Senate in 2009. He previously served as Minority Leader in the 2009-2010 session.

Biography

Skelos earned his B.A. in History from Washington College in 1970 and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1975. His professional experience includes working as counsel for Ruskin Moscou Faltischek Professional Corporation.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Skelos served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2015
Rules, Chair

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Skelos served on the following committees:

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Skelos served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Skelos served on the following committees:

Issues

Tax extensions

Promoting his 2013-14 budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his 2014 re-election campaign launched television ads in late January, 2013.[3] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy argued that Cuomo's claim in the ads that his budget did not impose any new taxes was technically true but disingenuous because the governor did call for extending two "temporary" taxes first imposed in 2009. Cuomo proposed extending the 2 percent assessment on electric, water, and gas utility bills for five years beyond its scheduled March 13, 2014, expiration date. Senate Majority Leader Skelos and his fellow Senate Republicans opposed the utility tax extension and held a February 5 press conference on the topic with representatives from the Business Council of New York State, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), the New York Farm Bureau, and AARP.[4] Cuomo also proposed extending a tax on households earning more than $10 million annually. Already statutorily limited to receiving only half of their tax deductions for their charitable giving, high-end taxpayers would see the temporary law limiting them to receiving only a quarter of their charitable giving deductions extended for three more years. The utility assessment tax brings in $509 million annually, and the charitable giving deduction limit brings in $140 million.[5]

Marijuana Legislation

In June 2012, Skelos led the fight against a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that would have decriminalized the display of small amounts of marijuana. While possessing small amounts of marijuana is legal in the state, showing it to a police officer is not legal. Ultimately, Republicans were able to defeat the measure.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Patrick Gillespie, Jr. was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Dean Skelos was unopposed in the Republican primary. Gillespie ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Skelos ran on the Conservative Party, Independence Party of New York State and Tax Revolt Party tickets. Skelos defeated Gillespie in the general election.[7][8][9]

New York State Senate District 9, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Skelos Incumbent 63% 50,142
     Democratic Patrick Gillespie, Jr. 32.7% 26,026
     None Blank 4.1% 3,253
     None Void 0.1% 92
     None Scattering 0% 29
Total Votes 79,542

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Skelos ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 9. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Skelos defeated Thomas H. Feffer (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[10][11][12]

New York State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Skelos Incumbent 60.7% 68,816
     Democratic Thomas H. Feffer 39.3% 44,646
Total Votes 113,462

2010

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Skelos won re-election to New York State Senate, District 9, defeating George Sava (D) in the general election.[13][14] Skelos ran as a member of the Republican, Conservative and Independence party.

New York State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Skelos Incumbent 65.8% 59,252
     Democratic George Sava 34.2% 30,804
Total Votes 90,056

2008

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Skelos won re-election to New York State Senate, District 9. He defeated Roy D. Simon (D) in the general election. Skelos also ran on the Independence Party and Conservative Party tickets.[15][16]

New York State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Skelos Incumbent 64.7% 82,410
     Democratic Roy D. Simon 35.3% 45,038
Total Votes 127,448

2006

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Skelos won re-election to New York State Senate, District 9, defeating Odelia Goldberg (D) in the general election. Skelos also ran on the Independence Party and Conservative Party tickets.[17]

New York State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Skelos Incumbent 63.5% 53,545
     Democratic Odelia Goldberg 36.5% 30,772
Total Votes 84,317

2004

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2004

On November 2, 2004, Skelos won re-election to New York State Senate, District 9, defeating Joshua S. Ketover (D) in the general election. Skelos also ran on the Independence Party ticket.[18]

New York State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Skelos Incumbent 64.7% 83,193
     Democratic Joshua S. Ketover 35.3% 45,313
Total Votes 128,506

2002

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2002

On November 5, 2002, Skelos won re-election to New York State Senate, District 9, defeating Richard H. Glassberg (D), Peg McHale (RTL) and Roseann Zeoli (L) in the general election. Skelos also ran on the Independence Party and Conservative Party tickets.[19]

New York State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Skelos Incumbent 67.8% 56,947
     Democratic Richard H. Glassberg 29.7% 24,958
     Right to Life Peg McHale 2.1% 1,782
     Libertarian Roseann Zeoli 0.4% 362
Total Votes 84,049

2000

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2000

On November 7, 2000, Skelos won re-election to New York State Senate, District 9, defeating Edward J. Oppenheimer (D), Kiera McGuire (RTL) and Gerald M. Bressner (L) in the general election. Skelos also ran on the Independence Party and Conservative Party tickets.[20]

New York State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Skelos Incumbent 59.6% 73,357
     Democratic Edward J. Oppenheimer 38.2% 46,941
     Right to Life Kiera McGuire 1.7% 2,080
     Libertarian Gerald M. Bressner 0.5% 612
Total Votes 122,990

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Skelos is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Skelos raised a total of $9,853,713 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2015.[21]

Dean Skelos's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,513,262
2012 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,603,710
2010 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,162,941
2008 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,524,227
2006 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,190,373
2004 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,196,015
2002 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $909,584
2000 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $507,116
1998 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $246,485
Grand Total Raised $9,853,713

2014

Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2014. During that election cycle, Skelos raised a total of $1,513,262.
New York State Senate 2014 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dean Skelos's campaign in 2014
Afscme Local 2507$20,700
East 77 Realty$20,000
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East$16,800
Dover Knolls Development Co II LLC$13,400
United New Jersey-Sandy Hooks Pilots Benevolent Association$13,200
Total Raised in 2014$1,513,262
Source: Follow the Money

2012

Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Skelos raised a total of $1,603,710.

2010

Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Skelos raised a total of $1,162,941.

2008

Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Skelos raised a total of $1,524,227.

2006

Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Skelos raised a total of $1,190,373.

2004

Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Skelos raised a total of $1,196,015.

2002

Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Skelos raised a total of $909,584.

2000

Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Skelos raised a total of $507,116.

1998

Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Skelos raised a total of $246,485.

Controversies

Grand jury investigation

Senate leader Skelos (R) and his son, Adam Skelos, are the subject of a corruption investigation according to unnamed sources in an New York Times article published on April 15.[22] According to people familiar with the matter, prosecutors with the office of Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, are in the process of providing evidence to a federal grand jury.[22] Multiple state senators on Long Island, who have had dealings with the senator's son, have also been subpoenaed to give testimony to the grand jury.[22] The grand jury is focusing on the hiring of Adam Skelos' by AbTech Industries, an Arizona company, and the $12 million storm-water treatment contract that was rewarded to the company by Nassau County even though AbTech Industries was not the low bidder.[23] The grand jury is also looking at a $20,000 payment to Adam Skelos from American Land Services, a title insurance company, even though he never worked for them.[23] Prosecutors are trying to determine whether, Senator Skelos used his political influence to help AbTech Industries win the contract in his home district.[22] Senator Skelos said in a statement about the investigation that, "I have and will continue to cooperate with any inquiry."[24] Outside of his job with the State Senate, Skelos has served as "of counsel" at the law firm of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C. in Uniondale, N.Y.[24] According to state records, Skelos has earned between $150,000 and $250,000 in recent years from the law firm, but public court records show that Skelos has never appeared as an attorney for a client in state or federal court.[24] The news that Skelos is under investigation comes less than three months after former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) was arrested on federal corruption charges.[25]

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014.[26]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

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Personal

Skelos and his wife, Gail, have one child.[2]

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References

  1. Poughkeepsie Journal, "VIDEO: State legislature names leaders, sets rules," accessed January 21, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 New York State Senate, "Biography of Sen. Dean Skelos," accessed April 16, 2015
  3. The Buffalo News, "Cuomo taking to TV to sell his budget plan," January 23, 2013
  4. New York State Senate, "Senate Republicans call on Governor Cuomo to remove utility tax surcharge extension from executive budget," February 5, 2013
  5. Empire State Center for New York Policy, "“No new taxes”? Not so fast," January 31, 2013
  6. New York Times, "Divide in Albany Kills Proposal on Marijuana," June 19, 2012
  7. New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
  8. New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
  9. New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Senate Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
  10. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  13. New York State Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Senate Election Returns November 2, 2010," accessed February 11, 2014
  14. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  15. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  16. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  17. New York State Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections - Senate Vote - Nov. 7, 2006," accessed April 24, 2015
  18. New York State Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections - Senate Vote - Nov. 2, 2004," accessed April 24, 2015
  19. New York State Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections - Senate Vote - Nov. 5, 2002," accessed April 24, 2015
  20. New York State Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections - Senate - Nov. 7, 2000," accessed April 24, 2015
  21. Follow the Money, "Contributions to Skelos, Dean," accessed April 23, 2015
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 NY Times, "Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Said to Be Focus of Corruption Inquiry," accessed April 16, 2015
  23. 23.0 23.1 Reuters, "Federal grand jury probes NY Senate's Skelos, son: New York Times," accessed April 16, 2015
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Wall Street Journal, "N.Y. State Senate Leader Dean Skelos Under Investigation," accessed April 16, 2015
  25. nbcnewyork.com, "NY Senate Leader Dean Skelos, Son Focus of Federal Corruption Probe: Report," accessed April 16, 2015
  26. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
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1985–present
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