Last Friday, former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau County) and his son Adam were convicted of count of corruption in what prosecutors said was a wide-ranging scheme to leverage the Senator’s political power to benefit his son financially.

The conviction means that Skelos is automatically removed from his seat in the State Senate. The vacancy in the 9th Senate District will be filled in a special election if called by Gov. Cuomo.  The district includes parts of Nassau County, including the City of Long Beach.

Governor Cuomo said that while “the justice system worked today…. more must be done and will be pursued as part of my legislative agenda.”