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A federal appeals court says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free while it decides the merits of his appeal of his public corruption conviction.

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A judge has denied an ex-New York Assembly speaker bail pending the appeal of his corruption conviction and seven-year prison term.

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The former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday  after being convicted for a second time on federal corruption charges.

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Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is begging for mercy ahead of his sentencing next week, telling a judge he prays he will not die in prison.

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A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government. 

The second trial for New York's former assembly speaker is likely to be a repeat of a 2015 trial, but with language that will conform to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of corruption.

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A judge has refused to toss out the charges facing New York's former assembly speaker.

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The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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This year will be one of criminal trials for former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the New York State Legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact some ethics reforms in 2018.

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Ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case rather than go straight to a retrial. That was the ruling Thursday from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Reaction is mixed about the corruption conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver that was overturned Thursday by a federal appeals court. The decision also begs the question of how it will affect others convicted or charged with corruption.

Silver, Skelos seek freedom pending appeals

Jul 13, 2016
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Reacting to a Supreme Court ruling, two former top New York State legislators convicted of public corruption crimes are urging judges to let them remain free pending appeal.

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The sentence handed down Tuesday to former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver drew quick reactions by two local lawmakers, both of whom called for a serious effort to reform ethics in Albany.


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Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was  sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday and told by a federal judge that he must give back $5 million that he stole from the public, as well a pay another $1.75 million in fines.


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Tuesday is not only New York’s Presidential primary. It also the day for two special elections to replace the disgraced former leaders of the legislature, who lost their seats after being convicted on multiple felony corruption charges.


The latest Siena College poll finds that most people agree with the corruption conviction of the state’s former longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was found guilty on seven counts two weeks ago.


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The second of the state legislature’s two former leaders has now been convicted on multiple corruption charges after a jury lost no time in finding former Senate Leader Dean Skelos and son Adam guilty on all eight counts.


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The conviction of Sheldon Silver has again raised questions about the distribution of benefits in Albany.

The conviction of Sheldon Silver on corruption charges is not the end of legal proceedings for the former Assembly Speaker. He and his lawyers are expected to provide details of their appeal of the case.


Governor Cuomo and the current legislative leaders have downplayed efforts for new reforms in Albany, following the conviction of the former Assembly Speaker on seven counts of corruption.


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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan said he he's not surprised Sheldon Silver has been found guilty of using the power of his office to earn nearly $5 million illegally. Ryan, an attorney, told WBFO he read the criminal complaint lodged against the former Assembly speaker before the trial began.

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A lawmaker who was one of New York's most powerful politicians has been convicted by a federal jury of charges that he used the power of his office to earn $5 million illegally. 


The New York State legislature is seemingly back to business as usual. But  there has been little public discussion about a corruption crisis that has led to the two most powerful men in the legislature both on trial in federal court this month.


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Reports are indicating that New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, could be arrested as early as Monday.

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The traditional style of budget making in New York, known as "three men in a room," is coming under criticism, by among others, the US Attorney currently investigating corruption at the Capitol.  Some are wondering whether it’s time to end the secretive practice.

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Friday marked the start of the 44th annual Lawmakers Legislative Weekend for the Association of Black, Puerto Rican, and Asian members of the state assembly.

Heastie elected new Assembly speaker

Feb 3, 2015
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The New York state Assembly has elected Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie as its speaker, making him the first African-American to lead the body. 

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The State Assembly is poised to elect Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie as the next Speaker, as Sheldon Silver resigns in disgrace over serious corruption charges.

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The race to replace the disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie. A vote could be held as early as next week.

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Dumping Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a result of public corruption charges could open the way for more democracy in the Legislature, according to Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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