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Friday, January 23, 2015

Sheldon Silver
ALBANY — Following the arrest of embattled Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin immediately called for Silver to step down from his leadership role in the Assembly.

Now her fellow Western New York Assembly members are making the same demand. Today Corwin, Assemblymen John Ceretto, Michael Kearns, Ray Walter, Joe Giglio, and Assemblywoman Angela Wozniak jointly denounced Silver’s actions and detailed how his continued leadership in the Assembly will negatively impact Western New Yorkers.

The elected officials also called on their colleagues in the Assembly Democrat conference to finally break ties and take a stance against Silver by calling for his resignation and electing new Assembly leadership.

“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," Corwin, R-Clarence, said. “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.”

Ceretto, a Republican from Lewiston, said, “Yesterday’s revelations of possible bribery and extortion only further erode the people’s trust in their government. For the sake of our government’s integrity and the basic functioning of the legislature, Silver must resign."

“I am proud to stand with my Western New York colleagues today to call on Sheldon Silver to step down as Speaker and resign,” said  Walter, R-Amherst. “We have a lot to accomplish this session, and due to Silver’s actions it’s clear he is unfit to lead the Assembly. I am confident that Silver’s resignation is what is best for the people of New York State and I urge my Democrat colleagues to call for his resignation as well.”

Wozniak, a Republican from Clarence, said "Silver has been the face of corruption in Albany politics for decades, and it’s time for him to admit to these offenses and resign. My colleagues and I agree that enough is enough and it’s time Silver resign so we can get back to work and focus on the people’s business,”

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