Ex-Sen. D'Amato Testifies at Ex-NY Senate Leader Skelos' Trial

Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato has testified at the corruption trial of former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos.

D'Amato, a Republican like Skelos, testified Friday he warned Skelos in 2013 that his son might get fired because he wasn't showing up for work at a medical malpractice insurance company.

D'Amato said he was told the job was in jeopardy by a partner at the consulting firm where he has worked since leaving the U.S. Senate in 1999.

The 57-year-old Skelos is on trial in Manhattan federal court along with his 33-year-old son, Adam.

Prosecutors say the elder Skelos arranged for more than $300,000 in revenue for his son in return for contributions and help with legislation.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty. Skelos has retained his Senate seat.

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