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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Jane Corwin
ALBANY -- Assemblywoman Jane Corwin called for reform of legislative rules following the sentencing Tuesday of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison, $5 million restitution and $1.75 million in fines for extortion, taking bribes and money laundering.

Corwin, R-Clarence, released a statement following the sentencing announcement. It follows in its entirety:
With the sentencing of Sheldon Silver, a plethora of other sentencings scheduled and the on-going public corruption investigations in and around the state Capitol, it is no wonder that the top priority for New Yorkers is reforming Albany (as evidenced in a new Siena Research Institute poll announced earlier today). 97 percent of New Yorkers want the governor and state Legislature to enact reform now.

The people of this state have waited long enough for Albany to reform itself. We need to pass real and meaningful reforms in Albany and we need it to happen now. As the clock ticks on this year’s legislative session, Albany’s three men in a room have the opportunity to put their constituents’ priorities at the forefront. There is no more important issue right now than reform.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also released a statement on the issue. It simply said, "Today’s decision sent a simple message that officials who abuse the public’s trust will be held accountable. Justice was served.”

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