Excerpted from AP — New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver – a Manhattan Democrat – was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges, accused of using his position to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.
The 70-year-old Silver was taken into custody around 8 a.m. at the FBI’s New York City office, FBI spokesman Peter Donald confirmed. Silver faces five counts, including conspiracy and bribery charges. He was expected to make a court appearance later Thursday… According to a criminal complaint, Silver “received more than $6 million in outside income from two law firms since late 2002.” Authorities said Silver abused power.
“Silver used the power and influence of his official position to obtain for himself millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income earned by Silver as private lawyer,” the complaint said…
The Democrat from Manhattan’s Lower East Side has served as speaker for more than two decades. The arrest sent shock waves through Albany as a new legislative session has begun and it came just a day after Silver shared the stage with Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara took over the files of New York’s Moreland anti-corruption commission after Cuomo closed it in April. He said in October that investigations into Albany’s pay-to-play politics are continuing. The commission and Bharara were looking into lawmakers’ earnings outside their state salaries. Silver’s outside income has long been a subject of discussion and controversy. Last year, he reported making up to $750,000 for legal work, mostly with the trial firm of Weitz & Luxenberg.
When the commission began to investigate public corruption in 2013, including outside income earned by Silver and other state legislators, “Silver took legal action and other steps to prevent the disclosure of such information,” the complaint said. Following news of his arrest, NYGOP spokesman David Laska released a statement saying it was “another sad day for New York” and called on Silver to “immediately resign from the State Assembly.”
In the news again after her recent arrest for packing in heat, I wonder I wonder how Mrs. Nasheedis feeling this morning about all of her anti-2nd Amendment votes in Missouri over the past few years?
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed became a victim of violence in the city of St. Louis. Just after midnight Saturday, Nasheed tweeted that she had just had a gun pointed at her while getting out of her car.
Someone just put a gun to my head while I was getting out of my car in front of my house! — Jamilah Nasheed (@SenatorNasheed) November 22, 2014
St. Louis police released a report on the incident. A man approached the 41-year old after she had parked her car outside her home in the 4000 block of Olive. The suspect pointed a gun at Nasheed, demanding her keys. She refused and the suspect got back in his car and drove away.
The suspect is described as a black male, 20-25 years old, 120-130 lbs., 5’2″-5’3″, with a thin build, medium brown complexion, brown eyes, and black hair…. via Fox2news
This staunch gun-control trooper has voted to: Prohibit schools from having guns available to them, to increasing firearms taxes and gun control measures, to prohibit State employees form having firearms in their vehicles. make it more difficult to obtain CC permits. I wonder if she is reconsidering the wisdom of any of these measures?
I, too, wonder if the homeboy who stuck his 9 in her temple was disincentivied by any of them as well.
The administration likes to use soldiers for photo-ops but now, in a critical battleground state, they want to restrict the extra time for service members who protect our right to vote to cast theirs. …
The problem is the Obama administration has shown a disregard for military voters who, studies show, tend to vote Republican. In the 2010 election cycle, the Department of Justice was woefully lax in enforcing the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, which was designed to ensure that military voters overseas get their ballots in time to mark and return them.
Of course, this reluctance to promote and support military voting — while dead voters are allowed to remain on the rolls and cast ballots, and while the right of felons to vote is championed — has nothing to do with the fact that John McCain won 54% of the military vote in 2008 or that a May 2012 Gallup poll showed Mitt Romney pulling 58% to President Obama’s paltry 34%…
…Looking at the past three years of Barack Obama’s presidency, there appears to have been a plan all along to blunt the effectiveness of inspectors general. This has been done by a variety of ways: by trying to force through Congress new and richly funded programs akin to “slush funds” without providing for the oversight that comes from the inspector general program; by stonewalling and attacking Darrell Issa, who as chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee the two words “reform” and “oversight” are anathema to Barack Obama has called for expanding the power of inspectors general; brutal public personal attacks on various inspectors general that are meant to drive them from office and chill the investigative efforts of others; and by deliberately failing to fill vacancies in the ranks of inspectors general — a dereliction of duty on the part of Barack Obama that earned the president a stinging rebuke in a recent Washington Post editorial “Where are the inspectors general?”…
The Barack Obama administration is quietly in the process of rigging use of the US Census of 2010, which deliberately counted millions of illegal aliens, for the purpose of restructuring the apportionment of the US House of Representatives. Accordingly, as candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of one of the negatively affected states Montana, Mr. Bob Fanning and I have joined with several others in becoming amici curiae in a pending federal lawsuit brought by the State of Louisiana against the US Secretary of Commerce, et al., which was filed January, 13, 2012 in the United States Supreme Court…via Obama Administration “Rigging” US Census By Counting Illegal Aliens.