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.
As his Lower East Side constituents stand by him, anxiety is palpable in nonprofit sector.
Amy Sara Clark
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.
How the media is handling the powerful pol’s religion.
Ari L. Goldman
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.”
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.
Assembly speaker accused of taking $4 million in bribes and kickbacks.
Amy Sara Clark
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.