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A new Siena College poll released this morning — the same day of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's sentencing — finds corruption the most pressing issue among New York residents.

New York's governor says it adds "insult to injury" that taxpayers have to pay for pensions for elected officials convicted of corruption.

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, as well as ask the trial judge to override the jury’s conclusions and retroactively acquit Silver. 

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. 

Former Speaker Assembly Silver is now facing up to 20 years in prison for illegally gaining millions of dollars through his outside employment. The former Senate Leader. Dean Skelos, is in the midst of another federal corruption trial, accused of misusing his influence to gain jobs and money for his son.

The conviction yesterday of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has provoked fresh calls to overhaul a state government with a long history of corruption. Times Union State Editor and Capitol Bureau Chief and co-host of New York Now Casey Seiler joins us in the studio to discuss political corruption in state politics and beyond.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about what's next for former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and budgets for the city of Albany and Troy.

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Government reform groups say the conviction of New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Monday on federal corruption cagres makes clear the need for immediate action in Albany, and are calling on the governor to call a special session in December to clean up state government.

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WAMC's political observer Dr. Alan Chartock reacts to news late Monday that former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been convicted by a federal jury of charges that he used the power of his office to earn $5 million illegally.  The federal jury in Manhattan returned the verdict Monday after a three-week trial.

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Nov 30, 2015
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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.

Jury deliberations have begun with plenty of drama in the trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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Federal prosecutors have urged a judge to reject former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bid to throw out criminal charges he faces.

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A November trial date has been set for a jury to hear the corruption case brought against former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Federal Judge Valerie Caproni set the Nov. 2 trial date on Tuesday after Silver pleaded not guilty to the latest indictment.

Outside court, Silver said he was glad a trial date was set because he's looking forward to being vindicated by a jury.

He said he feels no different about the indictment after prosecutors added a new claim against him last week.

  With former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver facing federal corruption charges, Albany’s reputation has seen better days.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock several ethics reforms are needed. 

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's lawyers are asking a judge to throw out a bribery case against him, saying the prosecutor went too far in discussing the case publicly.

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Ex-New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been indicted on three charges after being arrested in a federal bribery case last month.

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A legislative ethics commission has sent a notice of delinquency to former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver demanding more information about his outside income.

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Carl Heastie was elected unanimously by Democrats in the New York State Assembly to be the next Speaker on Tuesday, less than two weeks after former Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested and charged with  running a massive multimillion dollar corruption scheme.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is weighing in on the drama in the state Assembly, and is proposing reforms. Cuomo, in a speech at NYU law school on Monday, says he won’t be signing the state budget unless the legislature agrees to the changes.

The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to give lawmakers two weeks to mull their options. Instead,  a decision between two candidates may be made before Silver's resignation from the post.

 Silver steps down effective Monday night. Waiting in the wings: Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie, who would become the first African-American speaker in New York, and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of Queens, who would be the first female speaker in state history. 

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Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York state Assembly, has resigned following federal charges that he took nearly $4 million in kickbacks.

Silver spokesman Michael Whyland says Friday that Silver filed a letter saying his resignation as Assembly leader will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday.

The 70-year-old Manhattan Democrat had already announced that he would relinquish the position he held for 21 years after he was arrested last week on federal corruption charges. He denies the charges and intends to hold on to his seat in the Assembly.

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The race to replace the disgraced New York 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 power broker Carl Heastie on Friday.

1/29/15 Panel

Jan 29, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC Newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include an update on Sheldon Silver, California school bans students without vaccinations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress, Attorney general nominee Loretta E. Lynch, and Biofuels.

The New York state 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.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of the 18th district discussed the recent arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver during a taping of WAMC's Congressional Corner on Wednesday.

  New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will vacate his post by next week. Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle will serve as interim speaker until an election for the post is held on February 10. So, who will be the next Speaker?

We discuss the contenders with Legislative Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, Blair Horner.

1/28/15 Panel

Jan 28, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include: Sheldon Silver Steps Down, Bad Forecast, Drunken White House Droner, Koch Bros. Spending, and 529 Plan.

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.

1/27/15 Panel

Jan 27, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Snow! (?), Koch Bros. Budget, White House Drone, Jeffrey Sterling Convicted, and Sheldon Silver.

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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The speaker of the New York state Assembly plans to temporarily cede power to a small group of top lawmakers as he fights federal corruption charges.

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