Dean Skelos, New Champion of the Outs

ALBANY—Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos: out of power, champion of transparency.
Skelos testified before a meeting of the State Senate’s Temporary Commission on Rules Reform and Administration, which, in honor of Sunshine Week, is considering bills that would expand the definition of a public meeting and require more proactive disclosure of documents available under the Freedom of Information Law.
But Skelos used the opportunity to beat the drum that he and other Republicans should be included in talks pertaining to the budget and the M.T.A. deficit. Such talks occurred last night among David Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.

Dean Skelos, New Champion of the Outs