The Albany Project

Sheldon Silver, Longtime New York Assembly Speaker, Arrested by FBI

The Daily News reports that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is in custody in Manhattan after surrendering to face arraignment on federal corruption charges. As the story unfolds this morning, many are speculating on what’s next for Shelly with many pointing out that Silver would not be forced to step down unless he was convicted of a felony. That’s true. But what’s far more significant for the people of New York and especially for progressive priorities in Albany in the new legislative session is whether or not Silver maintains his position as Speaker.

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