WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver turned himself in to authorities at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning and is facing potential charges of corruption, according to nystateofpolitics.com.
The Manhattan-based Democrat has held his position since 1994, but was under investigation from the U.S. Attorney's office regarding income generated from a law firm that the state sometimes uses to conduct real estate buisiness, nystateofpolitics.com reported.
Reaction to the incident has been swift, including calls for Silver to resign.
"I commend the handful of brave legislators who have joined me over the past two years in calling for Mr. Silver to resign as Assembly Speaker," Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said. "I expect that others will join that call in the coming hours.
"Mr. Silver's arrest raises serious questions about the Moreland Commission shut down about which I was so critical last year. Specifically, it begs the question of whether Mr. Silver's alleged illegalities were known to the Commission when it was shuttered. If they were, and if that information was not properly referred to law enforcement authorities, this case will grow."
The U.S. Attorney's office took up investigations regarding political corruption after Gov. Andrew Cuomo disbanded the Moreland Commission last year, nystateofpolitics.com said.
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