Sheldon "Shelly" Silver, an Orthodox Jew who is the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, has been forced out as speaker effective next week due to federal corruption charges filed against him. Silver allegedly took millions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes.
Above: Sheldon "Shelly" Silver
The New York Times reports:
Facing federal corruption charges, Sheldon Silver is being replaced as speaker of the New York Assembly next week, Democratic lawmakers said on Tuesday, paving the way for them to choose a new leader in an election to be held Feb. 10.
A Rochester-area assemblyman, Joseph D. Morelle, who is the majority leader and a top contender to succeed Mr. Silver permanently, will take over as interim speaker on Monday, officials said.…
[Hat Tip: The Lion.]