WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. From the Office of Assemblyman David Buchwald, 33rd Assembly District. January 27, 2015 UPDATED 3 P.M. E.S.T. UPDATED JANUARY 28, 2015:
After sentiment and support for Assemblyman Sheldon Silver waned in meetings of New York Assembly Democrats Monday and Tuesday, The New York Times and The Gannett Albany News Bureau report it is likely Mr. Silver will either step down from the speaker position or be voted out of it next Monday. Silver will keep his seat in the Assembly however.
White Plains Assemblypersons David Buchwald and Amy Paulin both issued statements calling for Silver to resign as speaker.
Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) rejects any proposal that leaves Sheldon Silver as Speaker of the New York State Assembly. Below is Assemblyman Buchwald’s statement:
“In light of the serious charges made against the Speaker and his refusal to provide any substantive response to those charges, I believe it would be in the best interest of the people of New York for Speaker Silver to step down from his leadership position in the State Assembly. It is imperative that we immediately restore public confidence in this institution. Maintaining public ethics in government is a principle that we should never compromise, and I am confident that the citizens of Westchester County and New York State agree.”
In a related development Monday, syracuse.com reports that Assemblywoman Amy Paulin is one of 17 Assembly Democrats calling for Silver to step down from the House Speakership.
Syracuse.com quotes Ms. Paulin:
“It’s the only thing we have to keep this institution on an even keel. And that’s our priority,” said Paulin. “We will be calling on the speaker to step aside so there can be a transition.”