Sheldon Silver

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Former Exec VP Joe Lhota Has Deep Ties to Madison Square Garden's 30-Year Tax Break

    In between his roles as Giuliani's "Rat Czar" and the MTA's chairman, mayoral candidate and Republican frontrunner Joe Lhota spent his days at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. For five years, he was an executive vice president of Cablevision; then, in 2010, he was named the chief administrative officer at Madi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Vito Lopez, Legislative Powerhouse, Serial Groper, to Resign; Ducks Expulsion Proceeding

    Once-powerful Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez has agreed to step down from his longtime post as his support collapsed this week on the heels of the Staten Island District Attorney's damning report which disclosed the unethical lengths that the legislature's leadership went in trying to hush-up his s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    With Compromise In Sight, Gov. Cuomo Talks Gun Control In State Of The State Address

    In recent weeks, we've been following the Governor's actions regarding gun control quite closely. After the Newtown tragedy, Cuomo proposed a handful of measures to hopefully curb gun-related violence; one of which would be the strictest magazine clip ban in the nation. However, the momentum hit a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Shelly Silver: I Acted In "Best Interest" Of Gropez Victims

    New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver maintains that he believes that he'll be cleared of any wrongdoing in the Vito Lopez sex debacle, during which the speaker signed off on more than $100,000 in taxpayer funded hush money to sweep allegations of sexual misconduct against Lopez under the rug.He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Will The Next Mayoral Race Turn Into a Fight For Taxes On The Wealthy?

    With the news that Wall Street profits are projected to hit $15 billion this year, it makes sense that the next Mayoral race in New York City will focus on the issue New York's mega-wealthy (and, if our 'Mitt Loves N.Y.' series was any indication, there are a ton of members in this exclusive income ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    NOW Outlines Expectations In JCOPE's Probe Of Vito Lopez's Pervy-Ness -- And Silver's Coverup

    Assemblyman Vito Lopez is a grade-A pervert. That much we know (for example, he would prefer you not wear a bra to work, ladies). But the lengths to which Assembly leaders -- most notably Lopez's former pal/current Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- went to coverup Lopez's multiple gropings of young ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver To Be Investigated For Vito Lopez Coverup

    Apparently realizing that "it's always about the coverup," the Joint Commission On Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced last night that it's widening its probe of the sexual harassment allegations made against shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez to include the more than $100,000 in taxpayer money Assembly Spea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    New York GOP Owes Assemblyman Vito "Gropez" Lopez A Thank You For His Alleged Pervy-ness

    New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox has issued three statements in the past 24 hours -- which is three more than he's issued in the past two weeks -- each of which references shamed Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez's pervy-ness.In each statement, Cox seems outraged that Lopez allegedly is a d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Brooklyn D.A. Requests Special Prosecutor To Investigate Assemblyman Vito Lopez's Pervy-ness

    Things just went from incredibly bad to incredibly worse for shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez.Not only has he been "disciplined" by Democratic Assembly leader Sheldon Silver, but he could potentially face criminal charges for several claims of alleged pervy-ness made against him by multiple female staf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Assemblyman Vito Lopez's Pervy-ness Cost Taxpayers $103K -- Thanks To Shelly Silver

    Remember last week when Assemblyman Vito Lopez was scolded by legislative leaders for essentially being a pervy, dirty old man who shoved his hands up the skirts of young, female staffers? Well, Lopez's pervy-ness is costing you money.Turns out, the two women who accused Lopez of various acts of sex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Here's The Letter Shelly Silver Sent Assemblyman Vito Lopez Asking Him To Stop Being A Dirty Old Man

    Democratic Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez apparently has a habit of shoving his hands up the skirts of young, female interns -- and it's costing him his leadership position in the Assembly.The Assembly's Standing Committee on Ethics and Guidance ruled that Lopez basically has achieved dirty old man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2012

    The Horsies Go To Albany! Cuomo & Co. Reach Deal On NYRA Takeover

    Those ponies are in need of some serious government red tape.The Voice reported yesterday on the legislative free-for-all going on in Albany right now, which includes the cyber-bullying law and the teacher evaluation publicity argument, as the session deadline on Thursday approaches. But the Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    New York Assembly Passes Bill To Establish DREAM Fund For Undocumented Kids To Go To College

    Good news, DREAMers: the New York State Assembly passed a bill yesterday that would create a privately funded scholarship to help undocumented kids go to college.If it becomes law, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Fund Commission would enable people to solicit privat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    State Democrats Will Propose Minimum Wage Raise Today

    Fast food workers and retail employees everywhere -- rejoice! Democrats in Albany, led by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, will today propose a raise in the New York state minimum wage, from $7.25 an hour to $8.50. The proposal will also include a provision mandating automatic increases in the futur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2011

    Cathie Black Just Can't Catch a Break (Video)

    ​Cathie Black is the new Joe Biden. A birth control joke by the novice Schools Chancellor at a parent-school official meeting, followed in quick succession by a Sophie's Choice allusion, have pissed people off royally. Oh come on! The first one's funny, at least.

  • Columns

    December 1, 2010

    Stealing Immigrants' Wages in New York

    Fleecing the immigrants is a big, safe business in New York

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Carl Paladino's Hitler Card Has Now Been Busted Out

    Sad Hitler is sad about being used for political gain.​New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's scary, insane run for the highest executive office of our state has already seen: Garbage-scented flyers, Freaky, possibly racist flyers of his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, showering in garba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Angry Man Carl Paladino: 'You think these people who voted for us yesterday just crawled out of a space ship?'

    ​Less than 24 hours after winning his first election, Carl "Angry Man" Paladino sat down in a TV studio to prove that just because he's now the official Republican standard-bearer for governor doesn't mean he's going to put a cork in it. Paladino sat somewhere in Buffalo while NY1's Elizabeth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Mosque Near Ground Zero Passes Another Hurdle

    Community Board One voted last night 24-to-11 (with two abstentions) not to push for landmark status of 45-47 Park Place. That location is set to be the home of the formerly named Cordoba House, the $100 million mosque and interfaith cultural center just a couple blocks from where the World Trade Ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Eric Schneiderman, Too Beholden to Teachers' Union to Be Attorney General?

    Schneiderman​Eric Schneiderman, the Manhattan state senator running for Attorney General, was one of 12 Democrats who voted against the charter school bill that passed 45 to 15 on Monday. Ironically, though a bill authorizing new charter schools appears irrelevant to the AG race, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    State Senate Votes to More Than Double Number of Charter Schools

    ​The State Senate voted yesterday to raise the number of charter schools in the state to 460 from 200. Majority Leader John Sampson supported the legislation and, despite significant Democratic resistance, led it to a surprisingly bipartisan victory (45-15). More than doubling the number of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Sheldon Silver Finds the Acceptable-Insults Limit for Still-Governor Paterson

    It may seem these days as if our leaders may visit upon David Paterson any insult and get away with it, but apparently Sheldon Silver has tested the limits of such behavior. Today in the Daily News, the assembly speaker suggested that maybe Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch -- the governor-presump ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Twitpic via DPixel. It was a short week but a merry one, with or without a vodka infused turkey. Now that Thanksgiving has been properly ruined, thanks to the diabolical War on Thanksgiving, and Black Friday has passed without fatalities, we descend into Xmas, which has apparently been mad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Albany Special Sessions Grow Increasingly Less Special

    ​We know this stretches the definition of news, but the Albany special sessions haven't accomplished much in the way of deficit reduction. Sheldon Silver informs us the hard-working assembly has been churning out bills, including one inspired by the sad case of Leandra Rosado that will make it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Special Session 1 Isn't Much; Special Session 2 Next Week

    This week's special session of the legislature in Albany hasn't been too dramatic. Gay marriage was punted in the senate yesterday, and the bill probably won't be revisited until next month. Senators and assemblymembers are enjoying their Veterans Day holiday without having voted on the deficit red ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2009

    20,000 in Midtown Protest Gay Marriage, Paterson, Silver, Village Voice

    Photos by Candice M. Giove. When State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz ascended the stage at an anti-gay marriage rally Sunday in front of Governor David A. Paterson's midtown office, he tried to put the fear of the God-fearing flock that stretched for several city blocks into him and his fellow politici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Doomed Gay Marriage Bill Passes Assembly

    In a statement, Sheldon Silver expresses his pleasure that the gay marriage bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell and backed by Governor Paterson, passed the assembly 89 to 52. "This is a matter of equity and justice," he say. "New Yorkers should have the right to marry who they chose." W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Flash! Albany Working on MTA Plan

    Albany lawmakers are behind closed doors, working on an MTA plan. A taxi surcharge and payroll taxes are among the remedies they're considering. Paterson's calling for "action." His new wrinkle is to offer constituents reimbursement of the payroll tax to their school districts -- a typical Albany Ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Paterson Threatens 8,900 Layoffs to Close Budget Gap

    Governor Paterson is playing hardball, or at least fast-pitch softball, with the civil service unions. He wants them to skip a pay increase and give back some on benefits, or else, he says, he may have to fire 8,900 of them to close his growing budget gap. That's about four percent of the government ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    State Senate MTA Plan Gets Cold Reception

    As promised, the state senate Democrats presented their watered-down MTA budget proposal today and, as predicted, no one likes it. Well, senator Pedro Espada likes it -- "Today's a great day for Pedro Espada, the M.T.A. ridership and the State Senate," he told Politicker NY. But Transportation Alter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Governor Abandons Soda Tax, iPod Tax, and Other Weird Taxes

    Apparently Governor Paterson is giving up on that whole tax-everything thing, or at least part of it. At a press conference Paterson joined Sheldon Silver and Malcolm Smith and opened with what we hope was a joke: "The Majority Leader and the Assembly Speaker and I have good news. That news is that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Landlords Can't Shun Section 8 Tenants, Court Rules

    Boy, New York landlords are getting their asses kicked these days, aren't they? Well, not far enough, but it's a good start. Earlier this month Sheldon Silver pushed a bunch of tough tenant-friendly laws through the state assembly, and they await the senate's disposition. The Association for Neighbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    You may have heard of the former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Judith Kaye. But do you know the man who replaced her, Jonathan Lippman? Do you know he never practiced as an attorney, and barely served as a judge? So how'd he get appointed to this exalted position? Connections, baby -- chief a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Albany Ready to Referendum Bloomberg's Term-Limits Plan

    Newly-empowered Albany Democrats are learning a new respect for term limits. State Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Malcolm Smith has already said he'd welcome a bill requiring a referendum on Bloomberg's term-limits reversal. Now Senator Kevin Parker is saying he'll introduce such a bill next week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Paterson Campaign Site Pushes Honesty, "Civility"; Other NY Pols Rely on Cash

    Eliot Spitzer famously failed to include him in his own gubernatorial campaign ads. Now David Paterson has launched an obviously carefully-crafted Paterson for New York website which, like the Governor himself, is understated but consistent ("Don't confuse conciliation with weakness" reads one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Primary: Silver Stays, Connor Out, Espada Beats Gonzalez, More

    Major endorsements, rape stories, and the alleged machinations of "Roy Odroso" couldn't put Paul Newell over the top. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver held the Democratic nomination in the 64th District with 68 percent of Tuesday's primary vote versus Newell's 23 and Luke Henry's 9. Other challenger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2008

    Weekend Peek-In: Pre-Primary Report (Updated)

    Kevin Powell, whose challenge for Ed Towns' Congressional seat is covered in the current Voice, unveiled a lengthy policy statement on Friday. It proposes legislation that would give high school students "paid internships that will earn them college credits and income," reduce the impact of negative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    Newell Defends, Distances from Crothers Mailing; Also, Favors "Single Payer"

    The campaign of Paul Newell, Sheldon Silver's primary opponent, issued a statement today that simultaneously defended Elizabeth Crothers' recent controversial mailing on his behalf and distanced the candidate from it. Newell lashed out at Silver spokesman Jonathan Rosen's claim that the Crothers ma ... More >>

  • News

    October 2, 2007

    Lee Bollinger's Triumph

    Will President Ahmadinejad invite President Bollinger to speak in Tehran?

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Congestion Pricing Panel Named

    According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    May 9, 2006

    Exclusive: Fight! Fight! Fight!

    Rated X crew walk out, MisShapes smokes, and Axl Rose's assistant gets into scuffle

  • NYC Life

    April 18, 2006

    Barring Bars

    Proposed legislation would freeze liquor licenses; Rated X is back

  • News

    June 7, 2005

    A Queens Ransom

    The Mets are in and the Jets are out, but where do the taxpayers fit in?

  • News

    November 9, 2004

    The Jets' End Run

    Will Bloomberg and Pataki spend billions without legislative approval?

  • News

    January 20, 2004
  • Specials

    May 20, 2003
  • News

    May 13, 2003

    One Million Gone?

    Is Bloomberg Sitting Tight While Housing Destabilizes?

  • NYC Life

    May 13, 2003
  • News

    February 12, 2002

    New York’s Anti-Terror Express

    State Pols Ride a Troubling Crime Agenda Toward Re-Election

  • News

    October 2, 2001

    The Giuliani Dilemma

    How Freddy and Mark Used Rudy to Define Themselves

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