Skelos tests positive, approved for furlough and home confinement

15 April, 2020


The government notified Judge Kimba Wood on April 15 2020 that it was informed earlier in the day that Dean Skelos, 72, was in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 at the federal prison at Otisville, New York. It said he has been symptom-free since April 8.

Prosecutors say the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Skelos will be approved for furlough and home confinement once his proposed residence has been approved by U.S. Probation Department authorities. Medical authorities at the prison have already cleared his release.

[March 31 2020 Dean Skelos, Michael Cohen want out due to coronavirus ]
Dean Skelos has asked for early release from his 4-year corruption sentence due to coronavirus, asking for home confinement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom McKay has written that Judge Kimba Wood should defer ruling on Skelos’s request until the Bureau of Prisons processed a separate application from the Nassau County Republican. Manhattan Federal Judge William Pauley recently denied Michael Cohen’s request for early release from Otisville due to the coronavirus pandemic.

[January 31 2019 Dean Skelos in Otisville, Adam at Danbury ]

Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos reported to prison January 08, 2019 to begin serving his four-year and three-month prison term for a corruption conviction at the federal prison at Otisville, New York. Adam Skelos, 36, will also serve four years behind bars at Federal Correctional Institution Danbury in Connecticut,

[  October 24 2018 Skelos gets 3 months less in second trial   ]

Dean Skelos, was sentenced Wednesday, October 24, to four years and three months in prison. The extra three month-stint due to the ex-GOP legislator’s “repeated mischaracterizations and lies” on the witness stand during his retrial. Skelos was sentenced in 2016 to five years in prison at the first trial.
Skelos was once one of Albany’s “Three Men in a Room” who controlled the state budget. The Nassau County Republican pressured businesses with interests before the state to give Adam jobs worth $300,000.

[ July 17 2018  Preet Bharara on second conviction of Skelos   ]


Dean Skelos, former New York state Senate leader, and his son were convicted on July 17 of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges that they pressured businesses to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing the powerful Republican’s political support. It was the second trial for the father and son. They were convicted in 2015 of extortion, conspiracy and bribery, but a new trial was ordered by a federal appeals court in Manhattan after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the law regarding public corruption as it reversed the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. The trial was one of the most important in a spate of recent cases that have cast a harsh light on corruption in Albany. Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, was convicted in May of corruption.

December 11, 2015
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara :
“The swift convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos beg an important question – how many prosecutions will it take before Albany gives the people of New York the honest government they deserve?”

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