Top New York lawmaker ‘betrayed’ people for own profit -prosecutors

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver exits the Manhattan U.S. District Courthouse in New York

Sheldon Silver, one of New York State’s most influential lawmakers for two decades, abused his position to earn millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks, federal prosecutors told a jury on Tuesday. “This is a case about a powerful politician who betrayed those he was supposed to serve in order to line his own pockets,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Cohen said as Silver’s criminal trial began in a Manhattan courthouse, just steps from the Lower East Side district that Silver has represented in the state Assembly since 1976.

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Source:: Yahoo News

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