I’m going to control everything.– Former state Sen. Dean Skelos
Former state Sen. Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, were convicted on corruption charges earlier this month – automatically ending the 30-year Senate career of one of the most powerful men in New York politics. Government wiretaps used in the case reveal candid conversations between Skelos and his son – conversations that display a growing level of confidence about their political and business dealings. Watch News 12 Long Island’s report – The Skelos Tapes – reported by Rich Barrabi below. Scroll down after the video for a selection of audio clips from the government wiretaps.
PLEASE NOTE: The audio files and transcripts contain explicit language.
Adam suggests to his boss that he will be able to convince county lawmakers how to spend funding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
We’re going to tell them what to spend it on. -Adam Skelos.
Adam and Dean Skelos voice their frustration over Governor Cuomo’s unwillingness to lift the state’s fracking ban. Dean Skelos says he will challenge Cuomo in the next gubernatorial election as a result.Participants: Adam Skelos, Sen. Dean Skelos
Adam provides a status update to his supervisor regarding a project within Nassau County. Adam suggests that Nassau county executive Ed Mangano doesn’t understand the project.Participants: Adam Skelos, Bjornulf White
Dean Skelos describes new Senate power sharing agreement to his son Adam. Adam encourages his father to read “The Art of War.”Participants: Adam Skelos, Sen. Dean Skelos
Adam Skelos has a heated conversation with Demetrios Raptis, the head of an organization that represents Diner owners.Participants: Adam Skelos, Demetrios Raptis
Adam tells his supervisor that Nassau County and executive Ed Mangano are “burning bridges” by failing to act quickly regarding payment for a project.Participants: Adam Skelos, Bjornulf White
Sen. Dean Skelos arranges to discuss “the other situation” with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
Somebody feels like they’re just getting jerked around for the last 2 years. -Dean Skelos
Senator Skelos tells his son that he “spoke to that guy.” Adam Skelos says, “that guy doesn’t understand what I even do.”Participants: Adam Skelos, Sen. Dean Skelos
Adam tells his supervisor about meeting with his father and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano at a wake.
Let’s get some money.-Adam Skelos
Sen. Martins pitches an idea to Sen. Skelos regarding a plan to “take credit” for water quality improvements.Participants: Sen. Dean Skelos, Sen. Jack Martins
Adam and Dean talk about Adam’s past problems, and how they don’t want AbTech to find out about them.
I’m hesitant to talk to you on this cellphone. -Adam Skelos
Sen. Martin tells Sen. Skelos that “people in this are going to go absolutely nuts” regarding Nassau county’s plan to install billboards along the Long Island Expressway.Participants: Sen. Dean Skelos, Sen. Jack Martins
“It’s unbelievable with these guys. They can’t seem to find their own way,” Sen. Marcellino tells Sen. Skelos regarding Nassau county’s plan to install billboards along the Long Island Expressway. The Senators express frustration with the fact that county lawmakers did not provide them with a “heads up.”Participants: Sen. Dean Skelos, Sen. Carl Marcellino
Senator Skelos and Senator Martins talk about Nassau county’s failed attempts to find new streams of revenue. “They have nothing,” Sen. Martins says.Participants: Sen. Dean Skelos, Sen. Jack Martins
Adam tells his supervisor that, “communication’s really hard.” He described having to use FaceTime to contact his wife rather than a conventional phone call.
I basically have to FaceTime her because FaceTime doesn’t show up on a phone bill. -Adam Skelos
Adam tells his father to communicate him with via FaceTime, rather than a conventional phone call. “Can you see me?,” Dean asks.
No, no, no, Dad, just hang up the phone. -Adam Skelos
Adam tells his father that he doesn’t work with a particular individual anymore.
Right now we are in dangerous times, Adam.-Dean Skelos
Adam tells his supervisor that Nassau county executive Ed Mangano is going to meet with Governor Cuomo to push for legislation that they are hoping will pass.Participants: Adam Skelos, Bjornulf White
Adam tells his supervisor that he is going to meet with Nassau county executive Ed Mangano.
I’m going to stop in and see Ed and give him a copy as well and tell him exactly what we need him to do.-Adam Skelos
Adam speaks with one of his father’s staffers. He expresses frustration over his inability to speak with his father through normal channels because of the impending investigation.
I’m beating my (expletive) head against the wall right now.-Adam Skelos
Adam tells his father he is “freaking out.”
Dad is here to help.-Dean Skelos