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.
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.
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.