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State Sen. Sheldon Silver (D-NY): Today’s Public Official Misfit


The state of New York presented Sheldon Silver with a law license i n 1968 after he graduated from Brooklyn Law School.


Over the past forty-four (44) years, Sheldon has had his significant snout firmly implanted in the public trough. During that time (ca. 1971 to 2015), Sheldon relied on a government check while employed as a state representative and/or state senator. Apparently, no self-respecting, ethical law firm in the New York City area was about to offer Sheldon a good paying job.


Learning early on that it would be difficult to earn a dishonest living practicing law, Sheldon opted to go into the second most honest profession (used car salesman No. 1), politics.


In January 2015, Sheldon was arrested and charged with accepting nearly $4 million in payoffs, bribes and/or kickbacks during his tenure as Assembly Speaker.


U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said that Sheldon lined up jobs at two law firms and then accepted large sums of money over a decade or more in exchange for using his “titanic” legislative power to provide his benefactors with political favors. In order to disguise the payoffs, Sheldon laughingly referred to them as ‘referral fees.” (AP)


Bharara went on to say that:

  • “Speaker Silver never did any legal work.”
  • “He simply sat back and collected millions of dollars by cashing in on his public office and political influence.”
  • Charges against Silver make clear that “the show-me-the-money culture of Albany has been perpetuated and promoted at the very top of the political food chain.”

In a lame effort at levity, Sheldon had the chutzpah to say:


  • “I’m confident that after a full hearing and due process I’ll be vindicated on the charges.”


Clearly, Sheldon missed his calling as a Standup Comedian. In fact, he should have taken his comedy routine earlier in his career to the Catskills as his fellow comedians Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Milton Berle, Alan King, Henny Youngman and Sid Caesar did years ago. I’m sure he would have been a big hit if he played at the Shawanga Lodge or Silverman’s River View Hotel.


All that’s left now is to sit back and wait for Sheldon to enter into an agreement with the U.S. Attorney wherein he pleads guilty to several felonies.


As we speak (ca. January 2015), Sheldon remains free on a $200,000 bond. Unfortunately, loser refused to resign as a member of the Assembly; however, he was forced to give up his position as Speaker of the Assembly.  


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