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NY Senate leader Vows to Cooperate with Prosecutors

FILE - In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, participates in a charter school rally outside the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. With the new state budget in Democrat-dominated New York approved this week, the state’s top Republican declared victory on many of his group’s priorities - no tax increases, curbed spending, support for businesses, and protecting state aid for suburban schools. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, (R-Rockville) participates in a charter school rally outside the state Capitol in Albany on March 4. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

ALBANY, N.Y.—New York State Senate Leader Dean Skelos said Thursday he will cooperate with authorities following a published report that prosecutors and the FBI are...




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