According to the FBI, Sheldon Silver lined his pockets with nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks in a stunning abuse of power dating to at least 2000.
Mr. Silver has also been criticized for his outside law practice, a lucrative career that supplements the $121,000 he earns as speaker.
In 2013, Mr. Silver earned at least $650,000 in legal income, including work for the personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, according to his most recent financial disclosure filing.
But what he does to earn that income has long been a mystery in Albany, and Mr. Silver has refused to provide details about his work.
In December 2014, the New York Times reported that federal authorities were investigating substantial payments made to Mr. Silver by another law firm, Goldberg & Iryami.
Assembly Member Sheldon Silver (NY)
Current Office: State Assembly
Current District: 64
Party: Democratic, Liberal
Family: Wife: Rosa
4 Children: Edward, Janine, Michelle, Esther.
Birth Date: 02/13/1944
Birthplace: New York City, NY
Home City: New York City, NY
JD, Brooklyn Law School, 1968
BA, Yeshiva University, 1965.
Attorney, private practice
Law Secretary, Civil Court Judge Francis N. Pecora.
Speaker, New York State Assembly, 1994-present
Assemblymember, New York State Assembly, 1976-present.
Executive Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 1992-present.