Document Type

Brief

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What Comes Next?

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

Sheldon Silver was the Speaker of the New York State Assembly from 1994 until January 28, 2015. He represents Manhattan's Lower East Side as a Democrat, which he has since 1976.

The federal criminal complaint charges that Silver, since 2000 or earlier, "us[ed] the power and influence of his official position to obtain for himself millions of dollars of bribes.” In the complaint, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (who has jurisdiction over Manhattan), outlines $4 million in illicit funds disguised as outside income. Allegedly, Silver took kickbacks from various parties for whom he secured state funding or directed outside business.

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