Assembly back to budget hearings, and campaigning to replace Silver

The legislature continued about its business in Albany Wednesday, despite the leadership crisis in the Assembly. Lawmakers held the first in a series of public budget hearings. Meanwhile, several Assemblymembers officially declared their candidacy to succeed Speaker Sheldon Silver, who will leave the office on Monday.

The first of the legislature’s 2015 hearings on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal began routinely enough. The topic was the environmental budget, and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Denny Farrell introduced the Democratic members who were present.

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Politics & Elections
9:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Silver will leave post as speaker on Monday

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

After two long days of closed door meetings, as Assembly Democrats reacted to the mounting fall out from Speaker Silver’s arrest on corruption charges, the Democrats now say Silver will leave his post on Monday.

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Politics & Elections
9:42 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Assembly rejects Speaker Silver, deliberates over next step

Assembly Democrats are planning to huddle behind closed doors again in Albany today, trying to decide their next move after they decided Monday that they no longer have confidence in their in their present Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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Politics & Elections
12:10 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

After arrest, Speaker Silver to return to the Capitol Monday to try to maintain business as usual

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver returns to the Capitol Monday to preside over the scheduled legislative session, for the first time since being arrested and charged with running illegal kickback and bribery schemes that earned him $6 million dollars. Karen DeWitt reports on what the Speaker is likely to find when he arrives.

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9:05 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Speaker Silver arrested in Manhattan

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest and $3.8 million dollars in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized, as federal prosecutors accuse the Speaker of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

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Legislation & Policy
6:45 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo proposes criminal justice reforms

Governor Cuomo laid out a series of proposals for reforming the state’s criminal justice system, after heightened tensions over the death of an unarmed Staten Island resident after an encounter with police, as well as the recent murder of two police officers.

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