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Thursday, January 22, 2015

ALBANY — Assemblywoman Jane Corwin is calling for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign his speaker-ship in light of his arrest this morning.

Silver was arrested on federal corruption charges for using his office to solicit "millions in bribes and kickbacks," according to court documents.

"No one is above the law," Corwin said via a press release this morning, in which she also called for ethical reform in Albany, often considered to be one of the most dysfunctional state governments in the nation.

Corwin does not call for Silver to resign his Assembly seat.

Corwin's full release follows:
This morning’s reports of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest highlight the fact that our state’s disclosure laws for elected officials need to be strengthened and enforced for everyone. No one is above the law, and if not for each official’s personal sense of moral or ethical obligation, at the very least they should be adhered to for the sake of protecting the public’s trust in the institution.

In this country we have the presumption of innocence until proven guilty; however, this does not diminish the urgent need for ethical reform in Albany. In the case of an elected official, all matters in the investigation should be made public.

With the Executive Budget proposal already on the table and important policy decisions already being made, as one of the “three men in the room” it is incumbent on Sheldon Silver to immediately step down as the Speaker of the Assembly. In addition, I encourage my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to immediately elect a new speaker that is worthy of the distinction and honor of proceeding over the people’s house, and who will help deliver a fiscally-responsible and equitable on-time budget for the state of New York.

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