Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the highest ranking senator in the state, and his son, Adam Skelos, may face corruption charges as early as next week, according to The New York Times.Skelos, the powerful senate majority leader, and his son are expected to be arrested next week on charges that may include conspiracy, extortion and solicitation of bribes, the Times reported, citing anonymous sources.The potential charges stem from an ongoing federal probe into corruption in Albany. The investigation is being led by Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for Manhattan, who has been steadfast in his pursuit to clean up the state capital.The announcement also comes three months after Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested for allegedly running a bribery and kick-back scheme that netted him nearly $5 million, prosecutors said.The expected charges could cause major upheaval in Albany, which for years was run by Skelos, Silver and Gov. Andrew Cuomo—a trio that has come to be known as “the three men in the room.”The Skelos’ probe centers around Adam’s business relationship with AbTech Industries, an Arizona-based company that was awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Nassau County despite it not being the lowest bidder, the Times reported.“The company, AbTech Industries, had hired Adam Skelos as a consultant,” the Times reported. “Prosecutors, some of the people said, have also focused on a $20,000 payment that a title insurance company, American Land Services, made to Adam Skelos, even though he never worked for the company.”“I have and will continue to cooperate with any inquiry,” Skelos said in a statement in mid-April. Several months earlier he criticized an NBC New York story that revealed Skelos was the subject of a federal investigation, calling it “thinly sourced” and “irresponsible.”The federal probe sparked an investigation by Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, whose Public Corruption Bureau is scrutinizing the county’s contracting practices.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was one of several local officials to testify before the grand jury in the Skelos case.“The County Executive and the County have been notified that they are not targets of the investigation,” Mangano’s spokesman Brian Nevin said at the time, “and will continue to assist law enforcement officials in the event they require additional information regarding the methodology of this public procurement process and the specifics of how the award determination was made.”Neither the US Attorney’s office or Skelos’ lawyer could be reached for comment.
American born Bob Bradley will lead Egypt into the 2014 FIFA World Cup play-off against Ghana over two legs aware of his set goal when he took up the post of national coach. Bradley said at the time his goal was to try and take the Pharaohs to the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.With the first match scheduled for 15 October in Kumasi before the return leg on 19 November in Cairo, Bradley spoke to Cafonline.com ahead of the first encounter. Cafonline.com: How difficult has your campaign been taking into consideration there has been no competition in Egypt for well over a year?Bradley: We needed to adjust without a league but the players deserve respect and admiration for the way they have handled everythingCafonline.com: Your take the only 100% record from the qualifiers into the play-off, how much pressure is that on Egypt going into the playoffs?Bradley: The pressure to qualify comes from the fact that Egypt has not played in a World Cup since 1990 and it is the dream of all the people. Cafonline.com: You were in charge of USA when Ghana won 2-1 in the round of 16 at 2010 World Cup. How do you intend to use the knowledge and experience from that time this time round?Bradley: The Ghana coach is now James Kwesi Appiah but the team is still very talented. We know Ghana is a strong team and we are focused on the first leg in Kumasi. Our staff has worked very hard on preparations for Ghana and we know their team very well. Cafonline.com: It is a known factor that football activities have been hampered in Egypt. How much a factor will it be this time going into the Ghana game as opposed to the qualifiers before?Bradley: We just completed a short camp where we had two friendlies with Uganda. This camp was important to work with the players whose teams have not been playing regular matches. Cafonline.com: Mohamed Salah has been your star player in the qualifiers, how important will he be for the playoffs?Bradley: Mohamed Salah is an excellent player and plays a very important attacking role in our team.Cafonline.com: Egypt failed to reach the CAN last year and do you see the World Cup ticket as a consolation in that regard? Do you think your team has the capacity to take Egypt to the World Cup for the first time since 1990?Bradley: We were disappointed not to qualify for CAN but the goal since I came to Egypt was always the World Cup. The players have responded to every challenge and believe we can get to the World Cup.