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New York Greens: Silver conviction shows need for reforms

gpnys_logoThe Green Party of New York said Tuesday that the guilty verdict against former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver “just puts a legal stamp on what everyone has known for years. The people of New York are not surprised that Silver has been illegally buying and selling access to further enrich himself and his wealthy friends. They are only surprised that he actually went to trial and was convicted.”

The party said it “is pleased to see that even the top tier of New York’s corrupt legislators cannot evade the consequences forever. In recent years, New Yorkers have witnessed politician after politician being led away in handcuffs while our rents skyrocket, jobs disappear and our infrastructure crumbles. Sheldon Silver’s crimes may be some of the most egregious to date, but this graft will continue unless there are real electoral and campaign finance reforms.”

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