Anyone else notice something missing? Like calls for Sheldon Silver to resign…
New York – Albany is terrified and in disarray after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest, with lawmakers and insiders fearing he’ll turn on them to save himself.
“People are scratching their heads and saying, ‘What did I say the last time I spoke to Shelly?’ ” one veteran Albany lobbyist told The Post on Friday.
After Silver’s arrest Thursday, US Attorney Preet Bharara hinted at more to come, telling the public to “stay tuned.”
Now legislators are questioning why Silver’s closest Democratic colleagues, including Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, have pledged support for him instead of calling for his resignation. (read more)
Meanwhile New York City Mayor, Bill DeBlasio, is trying to reword his support of Silver:
New York – Mayor de Blasio tried Friday to clarify his defense of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a “man of integrity.”
“I spoke about my own personal experience, and in my experience he has followed through on every commitment that he’s made and he’s been consistent in his positions,” de Blasio told reporters following remarks at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
De Blasio cited the Lower East Side lawmaker’s work in supporting the mayor’s signature push to fund full-day pre-kindergarten.
“He was in a pivotal place on that issue and he never pulled any punches, he followed through on the commitment that he made,” de Blasio said. “So I’m talking about the commitment that he made and what he’s done for the city and how he’s followed through on substantive issues.” […]
“The ghost of Tammany Hall does not haunt New York City government, but I do think it haunts Albany in general and we need a much more transparent and better approach in general,” he said.
De Blasio said he has not spoken to Silver or to Gov. Cuomo since the speaker’s arrest.
Silver was arrested Thursday morning on charges that he pocketed more than $4 million in bribes and kickbacks.
He pledged to continue in office and predicted he would be exonerated after his release on $200,000 bail. (read more)