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New York - Bombshell Letter Dropped At Trial Paints Bleak Picture For Embattled Ex-Pol Sheldon Silver

Published on: November 13, 2015 03:45 PM
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FILE - Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver exits the Manhattan U.S. District Courthouse in New York, November 3, 2015. ReutersFILE - Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver exits the Manhattan U.S. District Courthouse in New York, November 3, 2015. Reuters

New York - A bombshell was dropped on ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s defense team on Thursday when prosecutors produced a letter from a real estate firm at the heart of one of Silver’s alleged scams detailing in black and white the cut the ex-pol would receive from tax money earmarked for the public.

NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1Qml7s5) reports that the bombshell came as witness Michael Hoenig—-who is the CFO for Glenwood Management, a real estate firm involved in illegal scheme—-was on the stand.

Prosecutors charge that Silver, along with lifelong friend and high-powered attorney Jay Arthur Goldberg, received kickbacks for Goldberg engineering reduced property assessments for Glenwood which resulted in substantial savings in property taxes.

As Hoenig was on the stand, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein produced a letter signed by Silver stating that a “division of fees will be made between Jay Arthur Goldberg, P.C., and Sheldon Silver, Esq.”

The prosecution then went on to detail how, after being referred to him by Silver, Goldberg axed millions of dollars from the value of Glenwood properties while funneling 25% of the windfall to the ex-Speaker.


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 Nov 14, 2015 at 11:11 AM Anonymous Says:

Perhaps he'll be as lucky as that Lufthanser guy.

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Just gets better and better, doesn't it? This man epitomizes a chilul Hashem. I'll never forget I needed his help in a matter that concerned blatant discrimination & he and his staff never got back to me. Of course, this wasn't about money, it was about politics, concerning a Black fellow Democrat. I should have known better.

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 05:58 PM ayoyo Says:

This it what are called pigs ,people who have a substantial income ,but want more and more,while living in a moderate income housing complex

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 06:23 PM Anon Says:

Without knowing anything more than what it says here, don't lawyers advertise all the time that if they reduce property taxes, they get a cut, but if unsuccessful, then no fee?

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 07:13 PM My Cousin Vinny Says:

Even my Cousin Vinny knows that the Prosecution MUST disclose all evidence in their possession to the defense. You can't have trial by ambush. Undisclosed material cannot be used.

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 08:16 PM Anonymous Says:

this is a shame all around.
this hurts all of us.
Of course we only know what the media reports
he could be real guilty or maybe there is yet another side to the story but the chillul Hashem is there......that is not good for any of us.

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 08:22 PM Chaim Says:

Reply to #5  
My Cousin Vinny Says:

Even my Cousin Vinny knows that the Prosecution MUST disclose all evidence in their possession to the defense. You can't have trial by ambush. Undisclosed material cannot be used.

What makes you think the prosecution didn't disclose this to the defense ?

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 09:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Not one of you is ashamed to be so judgmental....this is a country of laws, and people are innocent until proven guilty....I didn't hear him get convicted so that makes all of you sinners!

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 Nov 15, 2015 at 08:23 AM yankee96 Says:

everyone wait until the trial is over and be patient before jumping to conclusions one way or the other

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 Nov 15, 2015 at 08:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Nebach he looks bewildered. His time has passed as an effective legislator, time for fresh people.

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