Incoming Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has what is perhaps the most mispronounced surname in Albany.
The Republican lawmaker from Nassau County’s last name rhymes with “sell.”
Unfortunately, some officials give Skelos an odd affectation, pronouncing it “Ski-los.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo pronounced the name incorrectly twice in his inaugural address today. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, also pronounces his Senate counterpart’s name Ski-los.
After the gaffe was brought to his attention later in the day, Cuomo corrected himself and made the right pronunciation and laughed about it. Cuomo himself has what some consider to be a unique accent, partly derived from his Queens upbringing.
“I meant to say it Skel-os,” he said. “First of all I’m not going to respond to any questions from you about my accent.”
For his part, Skelos said he didn’t mind the error.
“I think one day on Fred’s show I called him Andy and he corrected me,” Skelos said, referring to his appearance on New York Post state editor Fred Dicker’s radio show.
Asked if anyone other than Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver or Cuomo has called him “Ski-los” he said no.
“Not that I know of. Not in my conference,” Skelos said.