3:30 p.m. | May. 4, 2015 in Capital
ALBANY—Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos allegedly attempted to pressure the state health department to create fracking regulations that would favor a company that employed his son, according to a criminal complaint from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office.
Skelos acted to pressure the state starting in 2013, when he believed Governor Andrew Cuomo was preparing to legalize fracking, according to the criminal complaint from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office. Cuomo eventually banned fracking.
According to the complaint, Skelos used his leadership position to help the company, AbTech Industries, “obtain favorable Department of Health regulations concerning hydrofracking wastewater in the event hydrofracking was permitted in New York."
AbTech is an Arizona-based company that manufactures environmental sponge-filters that remove pollutants. The company has not been accused of any criminal activity and one of its employees is a cooperating witnesses. The company paid Skelos' son, Adam Skelos, approximately $200,000 over the last two years even though he admittedly “literally knew nothing” about its work...