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Albany, NY - Heastie To Be NY Assembly Speaker; Formal Vote On Tuesday

Published on: February 2, 2015 06:25 PM
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Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Rochester, left, and Assemblyman Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, walk to a Democratic conference at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Assembly Speaker Silver's 21 years as the leader of the Assembly will come to a close Monday night when he steps down following federal corruption charges. The resignation will be effective at 11:59 p.m., an unceremonious end to the second-longest tenure by a current speaker in any U.S. statehouse. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Rochester, left, and Assemblyman Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, walk to a Democratic conference at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Assembly Speaker Silver's 21 years as the leader of the Assembly will come to a close Monday night when he steps down following federal corruption charges. The resignation will be effective at 11:59 p.m., an unceremonious end to the second-longest tenure by a current speaker in any U.S. statehouse. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Albany, NY - A Democratic lawmaker from the Bronx is poised to take over leadership of the New York state Assembly after the resignation of longtime speaker Sheldon Silver.

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Assemblyman Carl Heastie (HAY’-stee) is expected to be elected speaker by the full Assembly when it picks a new leader on Tuesday.

The Democratic majority nominated him Monday afternoon with a unanimous vote after another contender, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, dropped out.

Silver’s resignation comes after the Manhattan Democrat was charged with taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks. He says he expects to be exonerated and will keep his Assembly seat.

On Monday, Silver called Heastie a “good man” who will do “a good job” as speaker.

Heastie vowed Monday to pursue a series of ethics reforms, which many lawmakers said was a requirement for their support.



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 Feb 02, 2015 at 06:34 PM Mazal1 Says:

Silver did nothing wrong why replace him with a known felon and alround snob, something isn't write in Albany

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 Feb 02, 2015 at 06:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Mazal1 Says:

Silver did nothing wrong why replace him with a known felon and alround snob, something isn't write in Albany

Because he's black. Same Eason Obama was elected,... Next question?

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 Feb 02, 2015 at 08:35 PM OyGevald Says:

Mike Bloomberg for President!
LOL.

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 Feb 02, 2015 at 08:59 PM Anonymous Says:

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Mazal1 Says:

Silver did nothing wrong why replace him with a known felon and alround snob, something isn't write in Albany

Silver is as crooked as the letter "S." He will soon be a known felon also. By the way, you misspelled "right." You need to go back to second grade.

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 Feb 03, 2015 at 07:16 AM Anonymous Says:

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Mazal1 Says:

Silver did nothing wrong why replace him with a known felon and alround snob, something isn't write in Albany

Please list the felonies that Heastie committed.

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 Feb 03, 2015 at 10:18 AM lavrenty Says:

There needs to be more diversity in the upper echelons of government, i hear the jewish orgs are petrified.

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