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Sheldon Silver to give up Assembly speaker power
By Michael Gartland and Carl Campanile
January 25, 2015 | 10:07pm

Facing intense pressure to step down, Sheldon Silver has agreed to relinquish his enormous powers as Assembly speaker to a five-person committee.

Under a deal being finalized last night, Silver will become a virtual figurehead on Monday, as he cedes the iron control he has held over legislative matters in the state Capitol for the past 21 years.

It is not clear if he will actually give up the title of speaker, and sources said the deal to cede control will be declared “temporary,” meant to last only while he fights charges of kickbacks and corruption filed last week.

While multiple sources said he agreed to step down, Silver’s spokesperson, Michael Whyland, tried to put as positive a spin on the power shift as possible Sunday.

“The speaker is not stepping down,” Whyland said. “He is appointing a group of senior members to undertake various responsibilities such as budget negotiations to ensure a timely spending plan for the state. This will give him the flexibility he needs so that he can defend himself against these charges, and he is confident that he will be found innocent.”

Relinquishing this role in budget talks, however, means giving up a primary source of his power.

Sources told The Post that, instead of Silver, budget negotiations would likely be overseen by Herman (Denny) Farrell of Harlem and Joe Morelle of Rochester. The other members of the five-man group were identified by sources as Joseph Lentol of Brooklyn, Cathy Nolan of Queens and Carl Heastie of The Bronx.

Sources said that as the talks to give up power went on, Silver was facing the possibility of a coup to force him out.

“You can expect some of the members to try to push him aside,” said one source.

Even if Silver does quit the top post, he is not expected to quit his office as assemblyman for the Lower East Side.

The 70-year-old lawmaker is scheduled on Monday to face the Assembly’s Democratic caucus for the first time since his arrest.

Meanwhile, the disgraced politician is scheduled to vote this week on handing out nearly $95 million in state grants and loans — despite allegations he funneled taxpayer money to a leading cancer doctor as part of a long-running kickback scheme.

The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Public Authorities Control Board — where Silver is one of just three voting members — also includes a residential real estate project in his district.

The 168-unit apartment building in the Financial District got some $78.5 million worth of financing through a program that the feds highlighted in the criminal complaint against Silver.

As Assembly speaker for more than two decades, Silver is one of the infamous “three men in a room” who control state government, a fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo played up in a spectacularly ill-timed joke during his State of the State speech on Wednesday, when he illustrated a planned trade mission to Mexico with an image of himself, Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-LI) as the “Three Amigos” from the 1986 movie comedy of the same name.

The next day, Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara had Silver under arrest and called the “three men” practice into question.

And on Friday, addressing New York Law School, Bharara poked further.

“So three men in a room — is that really how government should be run?” Bharara asked.

According to the feds, Silver used his power over development incentives to scam about $700,000 in kickbacks from a law firm to which he steered business from two major developers, including 100-year-old billionaire Leonard Litwin.
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Civil war breaks out over Silver in state Assembly
By Carl Campanile and Yoav Gonen
January 26, 2015 | 12:23pm


Assembly Member Keith Wright wants Sheldon Silver to resign immediately.
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Civil war broke out in the state Assembly today as Assemblyman Keith Wright, a member of the leadership who also serves as Manhattan Democratic leader, demanded Sheldon Silver resign immediately as speaker to rid the body of “the stink of scandal.”

“Based upon the extraordinarily disturbing events from last week, revelations and charges that will reverberate for months if not years to come, Sheldon Silver must resign as Speaker immediately,” Wright said in a nombshell statement issued two hours before a meeting of Assembly Democrats.

“I am deeply concerned about the weight this prosecution bears upon him and hope that justice prevails. Due process is a fundamental right, guaranteed to all no matter political status or public opinion. Consequently, these times demand a change in leadership in order for the people’s work to move forward free of distraction and the stink of scandal.”

Other Assembly leaders had hoped to strike a deal that would allow a coalition of five veterans to take over Silver’s duties while he kept the speaker’s title and salary.

The five did not include Wright.

“Without a complete separation of Sheldon Silver from the Speakership and its powers, and a real reform of our conference, we will as a body remain mired in the swamp of dysfunction and chaos which is being brought to light by the United States Department of Justice,” Wright said.

“As I will explain in greater detail when I meet with my colleagues later this morning, this is not the time to step back or step aside. This is not the time for committees of five to serve as the alternative Speaker or the delegates of the Speaker. This is a time for the Speaker to resign his post – it is the only appropriate thing to do.

“The resignation from Speaker by Assemblyman Silver must be coupled with real reform of our conference.”

Earlier, city Comptroller Scott Stringer broke sharply with Mayor de Blasio and beat Wright to the punch.

“I don’t think this is a time to step aside, I think this is a time to step down… [and] allow a new leader to come forward, a new leader who can fight for the interests of working people,” Stringer told reporters after a speech before the Association for a Better New York in midtown.

“I think it’s critical that we have new leadership.”

While the comptroller, himself a former Assembly member, emphasized Silver’s right to due process, he said the budget negotiations were too important to put at risk by relying on a weakened or rudderless
Democratic majority.

“We need one leader in the assembly – someone who can guide these budget negotiations,” said Stringer, who declined to name his preference for the pivotal post.

“There are so many qualified candidates that could be speaker and could be part of a leadership team,” he added. “I have no doubt that they’re ready to meet this challenge.”

Stringer’s call for Albany’s longtime power broker to step down contrasts withde Blasio’s firm support for the speaker.

Hizzoner said last week he believes Silver (D-Manhattan) would have no problem steering the ship throughout the coming state budget negotiations, and even called him a “man of integrity” in their personal dealings.
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Stringer calls on Silver to step down as speaker
By Yoav Gonen
January 26, 2015 | 11:02am

City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday became the highest-ranking Democrat to call on embattled Sheldon Silver to step down as Assembly speaker.

His call came as Assembly Democrats were ironing out a plan that would allow Silver, who was arrested last week on a slew of federal corruption charges, to temporarily hand his powers over to five allies.

“I don’t think this is a time to step aside, I think this is a time to step down… [and] allow a new leader to come forward, a new leader who can fight for the interests of working people,” Stringer told reporters after a speech before the Association for a Better New York in midtown.

“I think it’s critical that we have new leadership.”

While the comptroller, himself a former Assembly member, emphasized Silver’s right to due process, he said the budget negotiations were too important to put at risk by relying on a weakened or rudderless Democratic majority.

“We need one leader in the assembly – someone who can guide these budget negotiations,” said Stringer, who declined to name his preference for the pivotal post.

“There are so many qualified candidates that could be speaker and could be part of a leadership team,” he added. “I have no doubt that they’re ready to meet this challenge.”

Stringer’s call for Albany’s longtime power broker to step down contrasts with Mayor de Blasio’s firm support for the speaker.

Hizzoner said last week he believes Silver (D-Manhattan) would have no problem steering the ship throughout the coming state budget negotiations, and even called him a “man of integrity” in their personal dealings.
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Halloran defends Silver amid corruption charges
By Carl Campanile
January 26, 2015 | 5:43am

Politics may make strange bedfellows, but criminal charges make even stranger ones.

Crooked ex-Councilman Dan Halloran crossed party lines on Facebook to defend Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver against corruption charges.

“Silver deserves better than this and democrats need to wake up to a US Justice Department that is out of control,” the Queens Republican wrote.

Halloran, awaiting sentencing for his own federal bribery conviction, told The Post Sunday that the case against the Democratic speaker was “ludicrous.”

He said Silver’s alleged crime was merely an “accounting issue or ethical or conflict-of-interest issue.”

He also objected to the feds driving Silver in handcuffs past photographers for his Thursday court appearance, saying they should have given him more “respect” and treated him “like a human being.”
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Silver could face $520,000 in disclosure fines
By Carl Campanile
January 26, 2015 | 2:01am

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, facing federal corruption charges, could also be hit with state fines of up to $520,000 if probers determine he violated New York’s ethics disclosure law, The Post has learned.

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics has opened probes into the outside income of state lawmakers — particularly Silver and other lawyer-legislators — to see whether they properly reported the sources for all outside income.

Under the ethics law, public officials who “knowingly and willfully” file a “false statement” with “the intent to deceive” face a maximum fine of $40,000 per violation.

Silver failed to specifically report that he received $700,000 in referral fees from the tax law firm Goldberg & Iryami dating back to 2002, the feds said — which amounts to 13 violations that would add up to $520,000 if JCOPE determines Silver broke the law.

“The law is clear that disclosure must be distinct and unambiguous. The commission expects full compliance with the law,” said JCOPE spokesman John Milgrim.

He declined to comment on any investigation.

But other sources told The Post that JCOPE’s senior staff has been busy scouring the financial statements of Silver and other lawmakers.

JCOPE slapped serial groper and former Assemblyman Vito Lopez with $330,000 in fines for sexually harassing female staffers. Silver and the Democrats forced Lopez to resign.

Aside from Silver, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-LI) is among a bevy of lawmakers who pulled in outside income from a private law practice.

Skelos received $150,000 to $250,000 for “general practice” of law at the Uniondale, LI, firm of Ruskin, Mosou & Faltischek, according to his 2013 financial statement. Sources close to Skelos said he properly reported his outside income.

Silver’s office declined comment. He previously claimed that he complied with disclosure rules.
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Cuomo ‘on edge’ as federal corruption probe continues
By Fredric U. Dicker
January 26, 2015 | 1:48am


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Gov . Cuomo is “freaked-out and furious” over the bombshell criminal charges dropped on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last week — and “obsessed with fear’’ because of the ongoing federal corruption probe.

One source described Cuomo as “doubly enraged’’ by hard-driving Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara’s decision to bring the five criminal corruption charges against Silver just hours after the governor delivered his State of the State address — and then, less than 24 hours after that, to indict Albany’s “three men in a room’’ culture in which Cuomo is the lead player.

“Cuomo feels Preet just walked all over him,’’ said the source.

Knowledgeable insiders, including law-enforcement experts, said it wasn’t accidental that Bharara brought the charges against Silver just hours after Cuomo’s State of the State.

“Prosecutors have a lot of discretion, and when they time a high-profile arrest in a way that steps all over Cuomo’s speech, that’s the use of discretion for a purpose,’’ a former federal prosecutor told The Post.

And several sources described Cuomo — who along with his aides is being investigated by Bharara over the abrupt disbanding of the governor’s Moreland Act commission on public corruption — as “on edge’’ over Bharara’s ominous statement Friday that the public should “stay tuned’’ for more criminal charges to come.

“Andrew’s been working the phones day and night, staying up into the early morning hours, making hundreds of calls in one day trying to find out what the hell is going on,’’ a source close to the governor said.

Cuomo, who has retained a private lawyer, has enlisted several former federal and state-level prosecutors with ties to Bharara’s office including Steve Cohen, his former chief-of-staff, in an effort to find out Bharara’s next move, the sources said.

“He’s freaked-out, furious, and obsessed with fear, it’s like a nightmare for him. The whole narrative he laid out for his second term has been derailed by Bharara,’’ said a source in regular contact with the governor.

“The narrative has been taken over by Bharara and it’s all about Albany’s corruption, not Cuomo and his program for the state,’’ the source said.

State political circles are abuzz with speculation that Bharara is seeking to determine if Cuomo had any knowledge of Silver’s allegedly illegal outside income last spring when he agreed with Silver and Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos to fold the commission.

The hair-pulling turmoil that has engulfed Assembly Democrats over the possible (and many believe likely) need to replace Silver as speaker hasn’t been seen since Syracuse-area Assembly Majority Leader Michael Bragman unsuccessfully sought to oust Silver in 2000.

A half-dozen names of possible replacements are on lawmakers’ lips and here, direct from a usually authoritative Assembly member, is a late bulletin on the maneuvering: “The Queens County organization is making calls for [Queens Assemblywoman] Cathy Nolan.

“A Queens/Bronx coalition would counterbalance a Brooklyn/Manhattan coalition under [Assemblymen] Joe Lentol [Brooklyn] and Keith Wright [the Manhattan Democratic chairman], with 30 votes each.

“Bronx County Chairman [Carl Heastie] is looking like the kingmaker here.’’

That said, a lot of smart money is on well-regarded Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chairman Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr. of Manhattan, a former state Democratic chairman, as a non-controversial successor to Silver, at least on a short-term “interim’’ basis.
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Silver being pushed out as Assembly speaker
By Aaron Short and Carl Campanile
January 26, 2015 | 11:58pm

Scandal-scarred Sheldon Silver is being pushed out as New York state Assembly speaker after a 20-year Albany reign.

Following a tense, five-hour meeting that ended Monday night, members of the 105-member Democratic conferences recommended that Silver resign in light of the shocking federal criminal charges filed against him by US Attorney Preet Bharara.

Discussions centered on having Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D-Rochester) take over as Assembly leader in the interim, and eventually electing a new speaker.

The push to ease Silver out came after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other Democrats blasted as unworkable the speaker’s plan to keep his title and have a committee of five loyalists run the Assembly while he focused on his legal defense. The idea was scrapped.

“It’s pretty clear from everyone who expressed an opinion that we no longer have confidence the speaker can serve as speaker,” said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Binghamton).

Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) said the Democrats will give Silver the opportunity to resign rather than being voted out.

Silver was just re-elected speaker for a two-year term earlier this month, before he was busted by the feds for allegedly using his position to amass millions of dollars in bribes, kickbacks and no-show jobs from private law firms. He said he’s innocent of the charges and will be vindicated.

“He must resign. . . . He has lost the confidence of the majority of the conference,” said Kavanagh.

Queens Assemblyman Jeff Aubry said the recommendation would be relayed to Silver by Morelle and other senior Silver loyalists.

“We think it’s a great difficulty for him to continue to operate. I think he recognizes that it is a great difficulty for him to continue to operate,” Aubry said.

Negotiators were still trying to iron out the details.

“It’s either resign or step down,” said Brooklyn Assemblyman Peter Abate, a Silver loyalist.

Abate said Silver could make a case to be re-elevated to the powerful post if he is acquitted. But few others thought that would happen.

It’s not clear when he would formally step down. If he does, he would still maintain his elected seat representing the Lower East Side.

Silver appeared before the rank-and-file Dems in the speaker’s conference room for about 45 minutes, saying he would abide by their decision. He said the Assembly and New York were more important than his legal woes.

“Shelly should take the time to defend himself. It’s very difficult to do both things. It wasn’t a pleasant conference,” said Abate, noting that many Assembly members have decades-long relationships with Silver and are fond of him.

After the closed-door caucus, Silver huddled with a handful of loyalists — including Herman Farrell of Manhattan, Cathy Nolan of Queens and Joe Lentol of Brooklyn.

Silver later talked and evaded questions.

When asked if he would resign, he said: “I have not told anyone I’m going to resign.”

He then said: “I am going to be at conference tomorrow. Conference will continue tomorrow. I am the speaker.”

And when asked if he would fight for his speakership, he said, “I’m not fighting. [I’m] Standing and I’m going to stand for a long time.”
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Sheldon Silver to resign as Assembly speaker
By Aaron Short and Carl Campanile
January 27, 2015 | 7:44pm

Scandal-scarred Sheldon Silver on Tuesday night agreed to resign as the powerful Assembly speaker.

Silver’s decision to quit — amid calls from fellow Democrats to do so — came less than a week after being busted by the feds for allegedly using his public office to amass millions of dollars in kickbacks and no-show jobs.

“I will not impede the process. . . . I believe very deeply in the institution. I hope there will be somebody here to carry on the good work that has been done,” a somber Silver said outside his office in the state capital.

It’s not clear when Silver will formally step down — he could do so at any time — but Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle of Rochester said the speaker’s seat will be vacant on Monday.

Silver emphasized that while he’s surrendering the speakership, he will remain an assemblyman and continue to represent the Lower East Side as he fights the corruption charges. He maintains he’s innocent and will be vindicated.

“I will be a member of this house. I was elected by my constituents. I do not intend to resign my seat in this house,” said Silver, first elected to the Assembly in 1976.

Assembly Democrats agreed Tuesday night to appoint an interim leader for a couple of weeks to replace Silver.

After more than six hours of closed-door discussions, Democrats named Morelle as their leader through Feb. 10.

Those jockeying to become the next speaker were concerned that installing Morelle — an ally of Gov. Andrew Cuomo — as the acting leader for an extended period would give him an unfair advantage in the final vote down the road. That’s why the contenders fought to limit Morelle’s tenure as temporary speaker to just two weeks.

Top contenders for the permanent leadership spot include Carl Heastie of The Bronx, Cathy Nolan of Queens and Joe Lentol of Brooklyn. Keith Wright of Manhattan is also in the mix, as is Morelle.

Silver, 70, was re-elected speaker earlier this month. He was on his way to becoming the longest-serving speaker in New York history before getting busted by US Attorney Preet Bharara for allegedly “monetizing” his position.

“For many years, New Yorkers have asked the question: How could Speaker Silver, one of the most powerful men in all of New York, earn millions of dollars in outside income without deeply compromising his ability to honestly serve his constituents? Today, we provide the answer: He didn’t,” Bharara said.

“For many years, New Yorkers have also asked the question: What exactly does Speaker Silver do to earn his substantial outside income? Well, the head-scratching can come to an end on that score, too, because we answer that question today as well: He does nothing,” the prosecutor said.

“Speaker Silver never did any actual legal work. He simply sat back and collected millions of dollars by cashing in on his public office and political influence,” Bharara said.
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