|New York Senate District 9|
|1985 - present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||30|
|Temporary Co-President of the Senate|
|2012 - present|
|Co-Majority Leader, New York State Senate|
|2011 - present|
|Minority Leader, New York State Senate|
|2009 - 2010|
|Per diem||$171/full day; $61/half day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 1984|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|New York State Assembly|
|1981 to 1983|
|J.D.||Fordham Law School|
|Date of birth||February 16, 1948|
|Place of birth||Rockville Centre, NY|
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.
Skelos earned his B.A. in History from Washington College in 1970 and his J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1975. His professional experience includes working as counsel for Ruskin Moscou Faltischek Professional Corporation.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Skelos served on the following committees:
|New York Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Rules, Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Skelos served on these committees:
|New York Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Rules, Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Skelos served on these committees:
|New York Committee Assignments, 2009|
Promoting his 2013-14 budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his 2014 re-election campaign launched television ads in late January, 2013. 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. 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.
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.
- 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.
|New York State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Dean Skelos Incumbent||60.7%||68,816|
|Democratic||Thomas H. Feffer||39.3%||44,646|
Skelos ran unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. He defeated George Sava(D) in the general election. Skelos is running as a member of the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party.
|New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 9 (2010)|
|Dean Skelos (R)||59,252|
|George Sava (D)||30,804|
On November 4, 2008, Dean Skelos won the election for New York State Senate, District 9 with 82,410 votes.
Skelos raised $903,024 for his campaign.
|New York State Senate, District 9 (2008)|
|Dean Skelos (R)||82,410|
|Roy D. Simon (D)||45,038|
Comprehensive donor information for Dean Skelos is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Dean Skelos raised a total of $8,482,560 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.
|Dean Skelos's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||New York State Senate, District 9||$1,603,976|
|2010||New York State Senate, District 9||$1,163,554|
|2008||New York State Senate, District 9||$1,579,058|
|2006||New York State Senate, District 9||$1,238,267|
|2004||New York State Senate, District 9||$1,210,490|
|2002||New York State Senate, District 9||$919,268|
|2000||New York State Senate, District 9||$521,462|
|1998||New York State Senate, District 9||$246,485|
|Grand Total Raised||$8,482,560|
2012Dean Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Dean Skelos raised a total of $1,603,976.
|New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Dean Skelos's campaign in 2012|
|Time Warner Cable||$14,500|
|Physicians Reciprocal Insurers||$14,000|
|Cameron Engineering & Associates||$13,600|
|Uniformed Fire Fighters Association||$11,600|
|Brodsky, Bert E||$11,600|
|Total Raised in 2012||$1,603,976|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Listed below are the largest contributors to Skelos's 2010 campaign.
|New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Dean Skelos's campaign in 2010|
|Uniformed Sanitation Men's Association Local 831||$16,000|
|Cameron Engineering & Associates||$13,800|
|New York State Police Investigators Association||$13,600|
|New York State Correctional Officers||$12,750|
|Physicians Reciprocal Insurers||$12,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$1,163,554|
Listed below are the five largest contributors to Dean Skelos' 2008 campaign.
|Physicians Reciprocal Insurers||$14,500|
|Roger B. Tilles||$12,000|
|New York State Police Investigators Association||$11,850|
|New York State Court Clerks Association||$11,300|
|New York State AFL-CIO||$10,500|
Skelos and his wife Gail have one child.
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- Official New York State Senate website
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Dean Skelos on Facebook
- Dean Skelos on Twitter
- Tom Precious, The Buffalo News, "Cuomo taking to TV to sell his budget plan," January 23, 2013
- John A. DeFrancisco, press release, "Senate Republicans call on Governor Cuomo to remove utility tax surcharge extension from executive budget," February 5, 2013
- E.J. McMahon, Empire State Center for New York Policy, "“No new taxes”? Not so fast," January 31, 2013
- New York Times, "Divide in Albany Kills Proposal on Marijuana," June 19, 2012
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, Candidate Petition List, retrieved August 15, 2012.
- ABC News, "New York unofficial 2012 primary election results," accessed September 13, 2012
- New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
- 2008 Follow the Money's report on Dean's 2008 campaign contributions
- followthemoney.org, "Skelos, Dean" Accessed September 20, 2013
- Follow the Money "Skelos's 2010 Campaign contributions
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