The likelihood that Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos stays on as the head of the conference in the coming weeks amid corruption charges is less than 50 percent, according toformer Gov. David Paterson.
State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, a longtime ally of the Senate Republicans, joined the calls for Skelos to step down from his leadership post.
Freshman WNY GOP Sen. Robert Ortt says the state needs a Senate leader – not Skelos – “whose sole focus is on the needs of New Yorkers.” (That makes four Republican senators calling on Skelos to step aside).
Rep. Chris Gibson: “Look, in America, you’re innocent until proven guilty, but (what) really should be the focus of Dean Skelos’ activity right now is on preparing for a vigorous defense.”