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Sheldon Silver, ex-New York City Parliament Speaker, receives 7 years in prison



Sheldon Silver, the former State Assembly spokesman who became one of New York's most powerful politicians, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for being convicted of corruption charges.

Mr. Silver, a Democrat from Manhattan's Lower East Side, has served as a speaker for over two decades, influencing almost every aspect of government policy. He was sentenced in May after a previous conviction on appeal was lifted.

Along with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Dean G. Skelos, the former Majority Leader of the Republican Senate, Mr. Silver was known as one of the "three men in a room" who controlled decisions in Albany. He also showed a remarkable Ability to ward off incursions by political rivals and investigators who inevitably appeared unbroken.

But last week, when he wrote to the judge, he portrayed himself as a broken man.

"Everything I've ever achieved Joke and a spectacle, "Mr. Silver wrote, 74, adding," I pray that I will not die in prison.

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Zoe Green Berg contributed to the coverage.


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