By Jordan Rau
ALBANY — Alleged payoffs. A taxpayer-paid pension despite disgrace. Keeping donations from your sworn enemies.
Such are the ways that money — legal and less so — grabbed headlines in the last week, touching current and former Albany luminaries and underscoring the state capital’s reputation as a place where personal and professional financial concerns often overshadow the work of government.
On Friday, it was Dean Skelos, the former Republican leader of the State Senate, testifying in his own defense in a federal courtroom in Lower Manhattan as he attempts to fend off federal corruption charges that he had used his sizable influence to try to financially benefit his son, Adam.
Mr. Skelos denied that, but admitted doing what he could to help a child who seemingly had trouble
taking care of himself. “Quite frankly, I’ve asked a lot of people to help my son,” he said on Friday. “If I had the opportunity to ask somebody to help Adam, I did it.”
On Thursday, it was another former state official making news, as the New York Law Journal reported that Eric T. Schneiderman, the former state attorney general, had asked for — and would receive — his pension, despite career-ending accusations of physical abuse against his romantic partners.
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Source: The New York Times