Education has been a hot-button topic in New York politics - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is turning up the heat by calling for reversing Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to withhold school aid from New York City. This development breaks as advocates warn a "Child care crisis" is set to impact the state economy.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he expects to be vindicated in an ethics probe into the $103,000 settlement he approved to end sexual harassment claims against a fellow Democrat.
Silver tells The Buffalo News on Tuesday that he believes the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics will find he acted in good faith to protect the victims. Silver approved a deal this summer that wasn't disclosed until further sexual harassment accusations were made against the assemblyman, Vito Lopez of Brooklyn.
State Assemblyman Stephen Katz (R-Yorktown) has written to his colleagues in the house urging them to replace Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver with a new leader.
Silver presides over the heavy Democrat majority in the Assembly and has come under criticism in recent months by members of both his own party and the Republicans for what Katz called his actions “in covering the sexual improprieties of Assemblyman Vito Lopez with taxpayer dollars by means of the ‘Miscellaneous Contractual Services’ account.”
Host Alan Chartock is joined by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz of New York’s 51st district. The Democrat has served since 1994. They discuss the Vito Lopez scandal, education reforms, the fight against obesity, and Ortiz’s work chairing the mental health committee.
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is facing a possible ethics probe after it was disclosed this week that he steered more than one-hundred-thousand dollars in secret payments to settle sexual harassment charges levied against Democrat Vito Lopez. But fellow Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix Ortiz tells WAMC’s Capitol Connection program that he doesn’t expect Silver to be ousted.
Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a rousing speech at a meeting of the State Democratic Party, but stopped short of endorsing a democratic take over of the State Senate. At the meeting, the new co chairs of the party, chosen by Cuomo, were introduced. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...
The State’s second most powerful Democrat, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was among the warm up acts for Governor Cuomo’s address before a meeting of the State Democratic Party.