Lawmakers stand by New York Senate leader amid federal probe

April 22, 2015 12:18 AM

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Republican lawmakers in New York are backing Senate Leader Dean Skelos amid a federal investigation into whether he influenced Nassau County's decision to award a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son.

Sen. John DeFrancisco told reporters Tuesday that Skelos is innocent until proven guilty. Sen. Kenneth LaValle says it would be "presumptuous" to rush to judgment.

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