Sheldon Silver

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    New York State Just Made It Illegal To Sexually Harass Interns, Not That That'll Stop Anybody

    It's been a banner year for interns in New York hoping to get through their temporary jobs un-groped. Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill sponsored by City Council member James Vacca saying that unpaid interns have the right to sue if they're sexually harassed or otherwise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    State Lawmakers Propose A Ban On Using Campaign Money For Legal Fees

    Let's say you donate to a campaign. You really like said candidate and believe he or she will do a great job representing you and your interests in government. Eventually, your preferred politician gets elected and you're confident that your donation was well-spent. And then, a year later, he or s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Wants To Bring The $9 Minimum Wage To New York

    Because, in 2013, $7.25 is seriously not cutting it. One of the most attentive features of President Obama's State of the Union address the other night was his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $9. The move comes as a reaction to inflation, the higher costs of seemingly everything and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Sign (Toothless) Petition Calling For Shelly Silver's Resignation Right Here

    Powerful Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues to catch heat for his coverup of sexual harassment allegations against his former pal, disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and now New York Republicans are circulating a petition calling for his resignation.Granted, it's only a petition -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Democratic Senate Hopeful Says Vito Lopez's Pervy-ness Is Just The Tip Of "Good 'Ol Boy" Iceberg In New York Legislature

    A former New York Assembly staffer who now is running for the state Senate says the multiple sexual harassment allegations made against shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez -- and the subsequent coverup by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- is just a "smokescreen and coverup for something much bigger."Demo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Shelly Silver Off The Hook For (Taxpayer Funded) Coverup Of Vito Lopez Sex Scandal

    Much to the dismay of the National Organization of Women, women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, Assembly candidate Frank Commisso Jr., and thousands of New Yorkers, we're sure, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is off the hook for his tax-payer funded coverup of allegations of sexual misconduct by hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Shelly Silver Rambles His Way Through DNC Speech, Gets "The Hook" *VIDEO*

    On the bright side, as horrible as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is at assigning delegates at political conventions, he's not as bad at that as he is at investigating allegations of sexual misconduct. So he's got that going for him.Silver yesterday had the official duty of announcing that all of N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    NY GOP Compares Coverup Of Vito Lopez's Pervy-ness To Penn State Scandal

    If the many, many allegations of sexual misconduct are true, shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez is a dirty, dirty old man -- he tells female staffers not to wear bras, shoves his hands up their skirts, etc.The coverup of the disgraced pol's alleged actions by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are equally s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Defying Silver: Assembly Wannabe Frank Commisso's Cojones Could Spell Political Suicide

    Frank Commisso Jr. currently serves on the Albany Common Council representing the city's 15th Ward. He's also running for Assembly as a Democrat -- and may have just committed political suicide.Enter Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful politicians in New York, who currently is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Assemblyman Shelly Silver To Blame For Vito Lopez's Latest Pervy-ness?

    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver did the unthinkable yesterday: he admitted he screwed up.But that was only after reports surfaced that he signed off on a plan to secretly payoff alleged victims of his now-former pal Vito Lopez's pervy-ness with $103,000 in taxpayer money.Assemblyman Lopez, the now-f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Gloria Alred, NOW Have Shelly Silver In Sights Over Hush Money For Pervy Pal Vito Lopez

    Isn't there an old saying about how it's seldom the crime but "always the coverup" that lands politicians in the hottest of water?Well, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver may want to revisit that adage, because it's his "coverup" of sexual harassment allegations against his old pal/current Assemblyman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2012

    After Being Censured for Sexual Harassment, Assemblyman Lopez Doesn't Bother Defending Himself

    On Friday, fellow Voice scribe James King provided us with the Ethics Committee letter that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of Manhattan wrote to Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, in which he told the older official to lay off the intern harassment. Lopez was forced to give up his seniority on the Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    After 40 Years, Peace in LES's Seward Park; Middle East Is Next

    Cary Conover​ The first 2011 Nobel Peace Prize nomination goes to the Lower East Siders who hammered out Monday night's near-unanimous community board vote approving new housing for those five acres of weed-strewn parking lots sitting forlornly behind chain-link fences these past 40 years alon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    David Paterson v. Shelly Silver: An Epic Battle of the Snarks (or, Like, Not)

    ​As if we needed proof that life is just like high school, and high school is just like middle school, and mean girls are everywhere: This weekend in Albany Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (who, BTW, never would have gotten past the first wave of cheerleading tryouts) got all pissy when Govern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Sheldon Silver Piles On David Paterson in Aqueduct Scandal

    ​Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver piles on Governor Paterson in the Aqueduct Video Lotto mess, sending a letter to state inspector general Joseph Fisch asking the IG to conduct a review to determine "whether the Division of the Lottery and relevant state agencies followed all applicable statut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Post Suddenly Finds Nemesis Shelly Silver "The Last Adult in Albany"

    Today the Post gives Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver an op-ed, "New York state must cut spending," in which the Speaker tells us (as is his wont) how hard the assembly is working, and that as "families throughout our state are making painful but necessary choices every day. Albany must do the same. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Tom Golisano Brags on Albany Coup, Wants Another for the Assembly

    Billionaire Tom Golisano, who was so disgusted with New York taxes that he bailed from the state, then helped engineer this summer's month-long state senate coup, is running an infomercial that tells upstate viewers he's happy with the recent senate chaos as it won valuable reforms, such as (per the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Siena Poll: Worst "Wrong Direction New York" Number Ever; Paterson Surges to 31% Approval

    There's a new Siena Poll, and guess what? Respondents say New York is headed in the wrong direction "by the largest margin ever," 63-24. It is thought the Albany Coup has thus decreased their confidence, as 84 percent think the catastrophe "will make it harder to pass important legislation," and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Assembly Reauthorizes Mayoral Control, But Senate Too Busy with Coup to Pass It

    We should mention that though the state senate has been in an unproductive state of upheaval for nine days, the other house of the legislature keeps churning out bills, and assembly speaker Sheldon Silver keeps churning out press releases to announce them. Today, along with the Unincorporated Busine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Barrett: Silver Pulls Another Fast One

    Overshadowed by the madhouse in the state senate, Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver demonstrated the flipside of the dysfunction that grips Albany last week: autocratic control.Attracting unusual praise from Mike Bloomberg's media allies, Silver rammed a bill to extend mayoral control of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Shelly Silver Saves a Bus Route

    Let's end this week -- and begin a long weekend of radio near-silence -- with a story about the thing that makes New York great: cronyism! Eight Manhattan bus lines were slated for service changes this weekend, due to changes in traffic patterns from the planned Broadway traffic re-route. One of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Mayor Wants Ground Zero Summit

    Mayor Bloomberg is sick of this lollygagging at Ground Zero, and he wants a sitdown with developer Larry Silverstein -- and the governors of New York and New Jersey, who share responsbibility for the Port Authority ,which owns the site -- to git 'r done. Sheldon Silver also wants action: "I am fed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Our Cynicism Rewarded: Albany MTA Plan Still Not Ready

    It wasn't just because we're lazy -- we thought the state senate MTA plan that everyone's been talking about sounded a little shaky, so we let it alone. And we were right: neither Sheldon Silver nor Governor Paterson are happy with the senators' proposal. They say it's about a quarter-billion dollar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Albany Dems Flail as GOP Suits Up for Subway Savior Role

    Though the Democrats have majorities in both Albany houses -- albeit razor-thin in the Senate -- they are so undisciplined that many now admit they need Republican votes to roll back the MTA's proposed fare hikes. The GOP senators they've targeted are from upstate districts where train and bus subco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Barrett: If Murdoch and Zuckerman are Whining, is the State Budget Really So Bad?

    News flash! The state budget that's been so trashed in the tabloids does loads of good things you've heard next to nothing about. Whenever the rich are taxed, the only media contest in town is who will howl louder -- Rupert or Mort. Both are such class enemies of their own readers that, in a budget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Drug Law Reform Bill Expected to Pass in Assembly

    Hey, looks like the assembly is going to start that Rockefeller drug law reform we mentioned yesterday. The Times reports Sheldon Silver says "the stars are aligned" (translation: the votes are in the bag) for Bill A06085, which would restore judges' discretion in sentencing and allow minor drug off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Silver: Bridge Tolls Off, For Now

    The Queens Gazette was wondering whether Sheldon Silver had the votes to push bridge tolls through the assembly. Now it looks as if he doesn't: thanks in part to outer-borough opposition, Silver is backing off, says PolitickerNY. It's not that the assembly speaker doesn't necessarily have the votes, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Wayne Barrett: How Shelly Silver Made His Pal Chief Judge

    This week's Village Voice doesn't hit streets until tomorrow morning, but for our Runnin' Scared readers, we're offering tomorrow's cover story a day early. This one should rock Albany: our Wayne Barrett details state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver's step-by-step scheme to boost his old LES pal Jon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Big Changes in Rent Laws Pass Assembly

    Speaker Sheldon Silver has pushed his raft of pro-tenant bills through the State Assembly. Bill A02005 re-regulates apartments that, per a 1974 law, left rent stabilization protection when the rent reached $2,000; now the limit is $5,000 in the city and $3,500 elsewhere in the state. Bill A01686 red ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008
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    September 3, 2008

    Newell Late $ Surge Brings Him Within $2.9M of Silver

    Paul Newell, one of the young challengers to Sheldon Silver for his Assembly seat (Luke Henry is the other), made a shocking announcement yesterday: he raised much more than Silver -- $40,015 vs. $19,575 -- in "the most recent filing period." Most of these Silver donations, his campaign points out, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Rumblings Against Silver in Chinatown, Sun Reports

    Now that Sheldon Silver has opponents for the Democratic Assembly nomination -- and one of them, Paul Newell, was endorsed by the Times last week -- local papers are looking at holes in the Speaker's support. Today the New York Sun reports that Chinatown, normally a reliable Silver redoubt, "is be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Public Servants on Parade: Hillary, Mike, and Shelly

    Hillary Clinton will get a big role, and a big roll call vote, at the Democratic Convention, and some observers claim she has thus pwn3d Obama, and even hint that she may seize the nomination. But onetime Hillary challenger Jonathan Tasini says in a New York Daily News Op-Ed that Hillary has only pw ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 12, 2008

    The Shame of Speaker Shelly Silver's Resistance to Seward Park Redevelopment

    A stretch of the Lower East Side stands desolate and empty after 'urban renewal,' thanks to the Assembly Speaker

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    Update: Silver Aide's Victim Speaks

    Yesterday we reported on Elizabeth Crothers, the woman whose 2001 rape charges against a top Sheldon Silver aide appeared in both the New York Daily News and the New York Times, and who now publicly supports one of the challengers for the Assembly Speaker's seat, Paul Newell. Crothers had been tagg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    Silver Aide's Rape Accuser Backs Opponent, Gets Called a "Freeper"

    Elizabeth Crothers suggested that Shelly Silver was more interested in covering his own ass than in helping her.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    The Ghost of Scandals Past: Sheldon Silver's New Nemesis

    I feel like at this point I've turned into the DJ 3000 in The Simpsons when it comes to Albany shenanigans. If you're not totally Simpsons-obsessed, it's a machine that provides banal DJ banter and one of its quotes is "Those clowns in Congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns." Today it seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Bloomberg and the Press Give Joe Bruno a Pass on Congestion Pricing

    By Shaunna Murphy, Shea O’Rourke, Marguerite A. Suozzi Tabloid headlines and even New York Times editorials echoed City Hall last week in targeting Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as the one-man wrecking crew who obstructed Mike Bloomberg’s congestion pricing program. The mayor’s post-defeat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    'Roids Are All the Rage: Other Stories Making News

    The Post shows that steroids scandals aren't just in baseball with their exclusive on the NYPD's implementation of random steroid tests in the wake of last year's scandal involving police officers obtaining steroids from a Bay Ridge pharmacy. Keeping with their tradition of classiness and sympathy, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008


    Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s crusade to charge drivers to enter Manhattan died its final death in Albany today, when Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced that there would be no vote on the plan in his legislative chamber. The federal deadline to pass congestion pricing, and therefore receive $3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008

    Challenger to Shelly Silver: Show Us Your Money

    In the spirit of reform, it’s time for Sheldon Silver to fully disclose his outside income, so says a young upstart who's a big long-shot to unseat the state's most powerful Democrat. Paul Newell, one of two declared Democratic challengers to the Assembly Speaker in his Lower East Side district, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007
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    December 21, 2006

    Atlantic Yards: Silver Makes a Deal

    . . . Trade the horse, at left, for this rubber stamp Critics of Bruce Ratner's enormous development plan for Atlantic Yards, including the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Municipal Art Society, and the Regional Plan Association, had called on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2006

    Cloudy Atlantic Yards Passes, Thanks to Silver Lining

    Atlantic Yards is all over but for the lawsuits. The Public Authorities Control Board—where the West Side Stadium died about 18 months ago—let Bruce Ratner's vision for Brooklyn live with a vote in Albany today that approves nine-figure government subsidies to one of the largest developmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2006

    Atlantic Yards Foes Hope for a Silver Christmas

    It isn't every day that a bunch of good-government groups hold a press conference to demand that an undemocratic, unelected state panel intervene to delay a public project. That was the scene today at City Hall, though, as several elected officials and budget-watch groups called on state assembl ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2005

    The Shel Game

    Silver and his Albany pals mint hundreds of millions in corporate handouts without anybody noticing

  • News

    June 7, 2005

    Stopping a Stadium

    Heroes had different motives, but they shared scorn for the Jets deal

  • News

    November 7, 2000

    ‘A New Day’

    With Silver’s Support, New York Gets Best Chance to Fix Rockefeller Drug Laws

  • News

    May 30, 2000

    Rebellion of the Hollow Men

    Albany Dems Blast Assembly Speaker’s ‘Autocratic Style’

  • News

    April 11, 2000


    State Legislature Slices Waiters’ Minimum-Wage Raise

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