Patronage claims dominate latest New York corruption cases

Jul 25, 2015 3:35 PM by News Staff

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - It's a practice seemingly as old as politics itself: top elected officials finding jobs for their wayward sons.

The criminal cases against men who were once two of New York's most powerful lawmakers both hinge on allegations they engaged in the time-honored tradition of nepotism.

Prosecutors say Sens. Dean Skelos, who was Senate majority leader, and Thomas Libous, his deputy, both helped their sons get or hold high-salaried positions in exchange for favorable influence.

The sons then are accused of behaving badly in those jobs. Prosecutors say Matthew Libous drunkenly propositioned his new boss' wife, and Adam Skelos made clear to his employers that he didn't have to show up for work.

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