From the Morning Memo:

The job of Senate Majority Leader is not an easy one.

And in recent years, the lawmaker occupying the top post in the state Senate has faced serious legal problems. Just ask Republican Joe Bruno.

“In my mind and in my heart it is not over until it’s over. And I think it is far from over,” Bruno said at the time of his second trial.

Bruno was eventually acquitted of the theft of honest services.

The same can’t be said for Democrats Malcolm Smith or Pedro Espada, both of whom were sentenced to jail time in separate corruption scandals. Senator John Sampson, meanwhile, is under indictment for embezzlement. All three happen to be former Senate leaders as well. Republican Deputy Senate Majority Leader Tom Libous faces a charge of lying to the FBI.

“We’re going to fight them. We’re going to fight them because I’ve spent the last 26 years working very hard for the people of the Southern Tier. I’m going to continue to do that,” Libous, a Binghamton Republican, said.

And then there’s Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, the former speaker who is under indictment and accused of taking bribes and kickbacks he masked as legal referrals.

“I am very confident I will be successful in the legal action and I will be exonerated,” Silver said in January.

And now another legislative leader is in the crosshairs of federal prosecutors, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Last month, Skelos didn’t directly negotiate ethics reforms with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and instead let the talks be conducted by other lawmakers.

The investigations by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara are seemingly targeting Albany’s proverbial three men in a room: the Assembly Speaker, the Senate Majority Leader and the governor. earlier this year Bharara criticized how power in state government can be centralized in only three men.

“If you’re one of the three men in a room you keep people in the dark because you can. You punish independent thinking, because you can. You demand lock step loyalty because you can,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in February.

Skelos hopes to avoid the fate of his last four predecessors and said in a statement this week he’s cooperating with the investigation.