NY Assembly Speaker

3:54 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Heastie Elected As NY's First African-American Assembly Speaker

Newly-elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, waves to the Assembly after his election at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Heastie is the first African-American Speaker. He will lead a chamber that has been rocked by scandal. He succeeds Sheldon Silver, the longtime leader who resigned after being charged with taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Carl Heastie was elected unanimously by Democrats in the Assembly to be the next Speaker, less than two weeks after former Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested and charged with  running a massive, multi-million dollar corruption scheme.

Heastie, the first African American speaker in the Assembly’s 237 year history, gave a brief speech to the chamber, where he  focused on moving on from the scandal brought on the Assembly by his predecessor. Heastie says the members have told him- they want change.

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college aid to the children of undocumented immigr
6:37 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

NY Assembly passes 'Dream Act'

NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver promoting the "Dream Act."
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Democrats  approved  the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit. 

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10:03 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Person with connection to NY Speaker Silver under investigation

William Rapfogel, CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (left) with NY House Speaker Sheldon Silver
Credit metcouncil.org

The husband of a senior aid to New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been fired from his job at a top New York City not-for- profit, and is under criminal investigation by the State Attorney General.