Silver found guilty in corruption retrial

May 11, 2018 11:32 PM

NEW YORK - "It's been an unbelievable week even by Albany standards," Blair Horner said, NYPIRG Director.

Monday, a bombshell dropped by the New Yorker Magazine, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accused of pysically abusing four women.

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Hours later he would resign, opening up the post, temporarily, to Solicitor General Barbara Underwood.

The legislature has accepted resumes and will conduct interviews next week but it's how this one ended that has Blair Horner of New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) shaking his head.

"I think he believed that he had come up with a system that would keep him from getting convicted of anything," Horner said.

Friday, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was  found guilty of corruption for a second time.

Prosecutors, outlining a pervasive pay-to-play culture where Ailver received $4 million dollars in fees for using his office to benefit two real estate developers and a cancer researcher. They say he made another million dollars in investments.

"It's really been unprecedented corruption now. What's amazing to me is that the Governor and legislature haven't done anything about it, they just sort of shrug it off," Horner added.

Governor Cuomo issued a one-line statement after the conviction saying, "The justice system shows no one is above the law."

And former U. S. Attorney of the Southern District, Preet  Bharara, who secured convictions against Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos tweeted, "all New Yorkers should be grateful."

"Former leaders of both houses, and a top aid to the governor plus dozens of legislators, and when will it stop?" Horner said.

Silver faces up to 130 years in prison when he is sentenced June 13.

He is 74 years old and told the media outside of the courthouse that he does plan to appeal.


Karen Tararache

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