Sheldon Silver

Silver Seen Likely To Overcome Harass-Payout Flap

Long-serving Assembly leader admits mistakes as ethics panel probes $100G hushed settlement.

Assistant Managing Editor

As he admits “mistakes were made” in the decision to quietly pay out a six-figure sum to two women claiming harassment by a powerful Brooklyn assemblyman, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is riding out the storm while attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week.

State Assembly Speaker for 18 years, Sheldon Silver.

Ex-N.Y. Assembly Speaker’s Son-In-Law Arrested For Allegedly Running Ponzi Scheme


The son-in-law of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested for allegedly running a $7 million Ponzi scheme.

Sheldon Silver To Step Down As NY State Assembly Speaker


New York State Assemby Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is facing corruption charges, will resign from his position.

Assessing Fallout From Silver’s Fall

As his Lower East Side constituents stand by him, anxiety is palpable in nonprofit sector.

and Doug Chandler

In the week since U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged Sheldon Silver with garnering more than $4 million in bribes in kickbacks, the city’s Jewish leaders — as well as the Assembly speaker’s Lower East Side constituents — have been reeling from his downfall.

Sheldon Silver: Accused of $4 million kickback scheme. Getty Images

Silver’s Orthodoxy: Fair Game Or Cheap Shot?

How the media is handling the powerful pol’s religion.

Special To The Jewish Week

On the first day of Sheldon Silver’s arrest as the central player in a massive corruption scheme, the fact that he was an Orthodox Jew was hardly mentioned in the mainstream press. “Sheldon Silver, Assembly Speaker, Took Millions in Payoffs, U.S. Says,” The New York Times announced. Silver’s religious affiliation was not cited, even in the accompanying article that suggested he was a hypocrite, “A Self-Proclaimed Champion of Disclosure, Now Faces Corruption Charges.”

The initial coverage of Sheldon Silver’s arrest did not stress his Orthodoxy. Getty Images

Silver’s Arrest A 2nd Strike For N.Y. Orthodox Power Brokers


To critics of Albany’s culture of political corruption, the sight of the powerful longtime speaker of New York’s State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, getting arrested Thursday may have been a sign that even the state’s most powerful politicians are not immune from the long hand of the law.

N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Arrested In Corruption Probe


Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested as part of a corruption investigation.

Sheldon Silver Charged With Fraud

Assembly speaker accused of taking $4 million in bribes and kickbacks.

Staff Writer

Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, was charged with receiving about $4 million in bribes and kickbacks, according to a complaint filed Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's office.

“There is probable cause to believe that Silver obtained approximately $4 million in payments characterized as attorney referral fees soley through the corrupt use of his official position,” the complaint said. 

Sheldon Silver walks out of a New York courthouse Thursday after posting bail. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Silver Modifies Bill Regarding ‘Bigoted’ Boycotts

Tweaks Assembly’s pro-Israel legislation after free speech complaints.


The State Assembly has modified a much-criticized bill that would bar state funds from being used for groups that boycott Israeli universities.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: Pressured to alter bill. Getty Images

Pols Seek State-Aid Cutoff For Schools That Boycott Israel

Compliance with campaign ‘a slap in the face,’ says state Senate leader.

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New York taxpayers have no business funding universities that single out Israel for an academic boycott, local legislators said this week.

Jeff Klein: Boycott betrays academic freedom.
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