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Sheldon Silver
Sheldon Silver.jpg
New York State Assembly District 64
In office
January 1, 1977-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 38
Speaker of the House
Base salaryComparison of state legislative salaries
Per diem$171/day and $61/half-day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember, 1976
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sYeshiva University
J.D.Brooklyn Law School
Date of birthFebruary 13, 1944
Place of birthNew York, New York
Office website
Sheldon Silver (b. February 13, 1944) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly. He has represented District 64 since winning election in November 1976. Silver has been the Speaker for the New York State Assembly since 1994.

Silver's professional experiences include an attorney in private practice and law secretary for Civil Court Judge Francis Pecora.

Silver earned a BA from Yeshiva University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Silver has been appointed to the following committees:[1]


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



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. [2][3]



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


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


In 2010, a year in which Silver was up for re-election, he collected $576,039 in donations.[7]

The major contributors were:


In 2008, a year in which Silver was up for re-election, he collected $473,580 in donations.[8]

The major contributors were:

New York State Assembly 2008 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sheldon Silver's campaign in 2008
New York State Trial Lawyers$7,600
AFSCME District Council 37$6,301
Five groups that each gave:$5,000
Total Raised in 2008 $473,580


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.[9]

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.[9]

A number of officials and individuals, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), have called for a full investigation.[10]

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.[11]

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.[11]


Silver and his wife, Rosa, have four children; Edward, Janine, Michelle, and Esther.[12]

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New York Assembly - District 64
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