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Silver earned a B.A. from Yeshiva University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.  His professional experience includes being an attorney in private practice, and working as a law secretary for Civil Court Judge Francis Pecora.
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An April 2013 list of the 100 most powerful players in Albany by the newspaper ''City and State'' ranked Silver as number two.<ref> [http://www.cityandstateny.com/albany-power-100-list-10/ ''City and State,'' "Albany Power 100 List – 10," April 23, 2013]</ref>
 
An April 2013 list of the 100 most powerful players in Albany by the newspaper ''City and State'' ranked Silver as number two.<ref> [http://www.cityandstateny.com/albany-power-100-list-10/ ''City and State,'' "Albany Power 100 List – 10," April 23, 2013]</ref>

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Sheldon Silver
Sheldon Silver.jpg
New York State Assembly District 65
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 1977-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 37
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Speaker of the House
1994-Present
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/day and $61/half-day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember, 1976
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,520,898
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sYeshiva University
J.D.Brooklyn Law School
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 13, 1944
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionLegislator/Attorney
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Sheldon Silver (b. February 13, 1944) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 65. He was first elected to the chamber in 1976. He has been serving as Speaker for the New York State Assembly since 1994. He previously represented District 64 in the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 2013.

Biography

Silver earned his B.A. from Yeshiva University and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. His professional experience includes working as an attorney in a private practice and as a law secretary for Civil Court Judge Francis Pecora.

An April 2013 list of the 100 most powerful players in Albany by the newspaper City and State ranked Silver as number two.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Silver served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Silver served on the following committees:[2]

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Silver served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Silver ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 65. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. He defeated Wave Chan in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [3][4]

New York State Assembly, District 65, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheldon Silver Incumbent 83.7% 25,128
     Republican Wave Chan 16.3% 4,906
Total Votes 30,034

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Silver ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He was unopposed in the general election on November 2.[5] In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, he ran on the Working Familes ticket.

New York State Assembly, District 64 2010
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Sheldon Silver (D) 16,881

2008

On November 4, 2008 Silver won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 64, defeating opponent Danniel Maio (R).

Silver raised $473,580 for his campaign while Maio raised $8,607.[6]

New York State Assembly, District 64 2008
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Sheldon Silver (D) 27,632
Danniel Maio (R) 7,387

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Silver is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Silver raised a total of $4,520,898 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 17, 2013.[7]

Sheldon Silver's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NY State Assembly, District 65 Won $718,867
2010 NY State Assembly, District 64 Won $576,039
2008 NY State Assembly, District 64 Won $473,580
2006 NY State Assembly, District 64 Won $719,384
2004 NY State Assembly, District 64 Won $550,936
2002 NY State Assembly, District 64 Won $554,065
2000 NY State Assembly, District 62 Won $244,944
1998 NY State Assembly, District 62 Won $683,083
Grand Total Raised $4,520,898

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, a year in which Silver was up for re-election, he collected $576,039 in donations.[8]

The major contributors were:


2008

In 2008, a year in which Silver was up for re-election, he collected $473,580 in donations.[9]

The major contributors were:


Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Silver’s endorsements included the following:

Personal

Silver and his wife, Rosa, have four children; Edward, Janine, Michelle, and Esther.[11]

Controversies

Secret payment

In late August 2012, it was reported that the Assembly made a secret payment of $103,080 two months earlier in order to settle sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D). While Lopez was censured by the Assembly on August 24 after an internal ethics committee investigation substantiated allegations by two other women, the earlier case never went to the ethics committee.[12]

Silver approved the settlement, but once it came to light said it was the wrong decision. “I take full responsibility in not insisting that all cases go to the ethics committee. While that opinion is both legally correct and ethical and can result in a resolution sought by complaining employees, I now believe it was the wrong one from the perspective of transparency,” he stated.[12]

A number of officials and individuals, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), called for a full investigation.[13]

Family voter registration irregularities

In September 2012, the New York Post obtained information regarding voter registration problems pertaining to Silver's children. Years after having moved out of district or out of New York state altogether, three of his children, Edward, Michelle, and Esther, remained registered to vote in their father’s Lower East Side district. Presumably, they neglected to change their registration so that they would have the opportunity to vote for him, despite the fact that in recent years Silver has faced little or no electoral opposition.[14]

An attorney interviewed by the Post stated that this type of false registration is at least a misdemeanor and could be classified as a felony in some cases.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Micah Kellner (D)
New York Assembly District 65
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New York Assembly District 64
1977–2013
Succeeded by
Nicole Malliotakis (R)