Statement on Imminent Arrest of Silver from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor

“I have long called on my Majority colleagues to be profiles in courage and choose an Assembly Speaker other than scandal-plagued Sheldon Silver. The opportunity for the Assembly Majority to show political courage has now passed. With the imminent arrest of Speaker Sheldon Silver, I am merely calling on the Assembly majority to be profiles in common sense and elect a different Speaker. It is bad enough that major decisions in our state are made by three men in a room. As we start a new session and head into budget negotiations, we can’t have one of those three men in the room under federal indictment for violating the public trust.”