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Skelos threatens to resign Senate seat if ousted as majority leader

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Embattled State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is resorting to a threat to keep his leadership post.

Both published and broadcast reports, citing Republican sources, say Skelos is threatening to resign from the Senate if he is removed as majority leader.  That could affect the balance of power in the Senate.  Right now, Republicans hold 32 seats in the 63-member body, giving them control of the chamber.  But if Skelos were to quit, the Republicans would lose their majority status. 

Skelos has been under increasing pressure to step down following his arrest last Monday on federal corruption charges.  Skelos is accused of using his position to extort payments for his son Adam from a real estate company and an environmental technology business.