NYS Bombshell: Powerful Democrat Sheldon Silver to be arrested on corruption charges

Nobody in NYS politics dominated the scene like Sheldon Silver. He’s been Assembly Speaker for nearly 2 decades. If he wanted something to happen in this state, it got done. Similarly, the opposite was true because Silver the the guy who knew where all the bodies were buried.

Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York state Assembly, is expected to be arrested on corruption charges by federal authorities on Thursday after prosecutors subpoenaed records in a probe of undocumented payments he received from a law firm, according to a report writes the NY Post.

Silver, a Manhattan Democrat who has served as speaker for more than 20 years, is expected to be charged following an investigation sparked when Gov. Cuomo abruptly shut down an anticorruption commission he had created in 2013, The New York Times said.

The specific details of the charges were not clear, but The Times said that it was related to money Silver received from a small real-estate tax law firm.

The firm, Goldberg & Iryami PC, made the payments over about a decade, but Silver failed to list the income on his financial-disclosure forms, sources told The Post.

As speaker, Silver controls which legislation can be voted on, and has broad powers over the state budget.
Silver, 70, has been criticized by opponents for wielding too much power, and has been ensnared in controversy.

The FBI and prosecutors from Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office began an investigation into the undisclosed money in December.

The prosecutors were looking into exactly what Silver did to earn the money, sources told The Post in December.

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