"Senator Skelos cannot continue as majority leader under the cloud of a corruption trial. He is entitled to the presumption of innocence and his day in court, but a federal indictment means he can't continue as one of the most powerful people in New York State government. If Skelos won't step down, state senators have an obligation to remove him. The corruption charges cast a cloud over everything Skelos does. New Yorkers have come to see Albany as a fetid swamp of corruption. Sadly, they're right. State senators should want to restore faith in the system. They can't do that if Skelos maintains his leadership position while under indictment."