December 30, 2014

NYT: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver under investigation

Updated: 12/30/2014 8:30 PM
Created: 12/30/2014 9:22 AM
By: WNYT Staff
ALBANY - To many people, it sounds redundant -- an ethics investigation at the state Capitol.
This time, the subject of the apparent probe couldn't be much bigger.
The official comment from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's office is: there is no comment.
According to the New York Times, federal authorities are now looking into the possibility that questionable payments were made to Speaker Silver, and if they were, they weren't disclosed on his financial disclosure reports.
If the New York Times report is true, then Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver may have received "substantial" payments from a law firm that specializes in seeking tax reductions for its clients -- and that income may not have been properly disclosed by Silver.
"I think once the feds show up and begin investigating, they don't do that lightly," said Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, from Melrose
McLaughlin -- a long time Silver critic -- says he's long past the point of calling for the speaker to resign, hoping others at the Capitol feel the same way.
"If they do the right thing next week and turn around send a message a not re-elect this man, that would be the end of Sheldon Silver in Albany and I think that would be a bright day for the state of New York if he goes," McLaughlin proclaimed.

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