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New York State Assembly Speaker Arrested On Corruption Charges

Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York Assembly since 1994, turned himself in this morning.

This sends the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo into a well deserved shake up, where "business as usual" doesn't seem like it'll continue to apply.

via The New York Times

The powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, was arrested on federal corruption charges on Thursday, sending shock waves through the political establishment and upending the new legislative session.

Mr. Silver, a Democrat from the Lower East Side of Manhattan who has served as speaker for more than two decades, surrendered to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents early Thursday morning in Lower Manhattan, law enforcement officials said.

Mr. Silver, before entering 26 Federal Plaza, said, “I hope I’ll be vindicated.”

Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District, who led the investigation, is expected to provide more details about the charges at a 1 p.m. news conference.

The investigation of Mr. Silver began after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in March abruptly shut down an anticorruption commission he had created in 2013.

This sums it up rather nicely.


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