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The Struggle For Sheldon Silver’s Assembly Seat Is Real, as Rajkumar Launches Bid

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

The ink has barely dried on the special election for Sheldon Silver’s 65th district state assembly seat and we’re already sprinting towards the general primary in September. Less than a week after Alice Cancel won a controversial election for the seat, Jenifer Rajkumar, a Democratic district leader in the financial district, officially threw her hat in the ring and announced her campaign for the position.

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Alice Cancel Picks Up Endorsements for Sheldon Silver’s Assembly Seat

Alice Cancel with supporters (Photo by Kavitha Surana

Alice Cancel with supporters (Photo by Kavitha Surana

Democratic District Leader Alice Cancel picked up two more endorsements today in the run up to a special election on April 19 to replace Sheldon Silver’s seat in the New York State Assembly. Both Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez, downtown councilmembers, said Cancel was the right choice for the job.

“Alice knows the community, she knows our schools, she knows our small businesses, she knows about public housing and she’s worked with the tenants,” said Chin in her endorsement. “She’s a district leader that works with the elected officials. When there’s a problem in the community, she calls them.”

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Embittered By Corruption and Displacement, LES Neighbors Coalition Demands to See the Mayor

At the Chinatown coalition's meeting (Photo: )

At the Chinatown coalition’s meeting (Photo: Anneke Rautenbach)

At an emotional Lower East Side town hall meeting on Saturday afternoon, hundreds of concerned residents, a number of small business owners, and representatives of community organizations were visibly upset. Instead of being met by Mayor Bill de Blasio himself, they were greeted by a representative from the administration. “We have been reaching out to him for months,” Jei Fong, a coalition representative, told B+B. “We personally invited him to this meeting. This is a real slap in the face.”

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Looking Back at a New York Profile of Sheldon Silver at His Peak

Unluckiest guy on the Lower East Side. (Photo: Brian Finke)

Unluckiest guy on the Lower East Side. (Photo: Brian Finke)

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted Monday for financial corruption, including charges of honest services fraud, extortion, and money laundering. Silver, who represented most of the Lower East Side and Lower Manhattan, was elected to the Assembly forty years ago and held the speakership for over twenty years.

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With LES Addition, City Now Has 1,000 Miles of Bike Lanes

unnamedAs of today, the city has installed over 1,000 miles of bike lanes. The announcement was made this afternoon on the Lower East Side, where locals pols were joined by reps from the Department of Transportation, Citi Bike and Transportation Alternatives in painting the last portion of the protected lane at Clinton Street.

The two-way, eight-foot-wide lane on Clinton Street connects the Williamsburg Bridge to South Street and, from there, the East River greenway. It’s aimed at calming traffic on Clinton Street, per a press release.

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Sheldon Silver Pleads Not Guilty; US Attorney Accused of Creating a ‘Firestorm’

Silver back in the good ol' days. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Silver back in the good ol’ days. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Lower East Side assemblyman Sheldon Silver pled not guilty to federal corruption charges during his arraignment yesterday, proclaiming after the hearing that he expected to be vindicated in court.

His lawyers, meanwhile, claimed he had already been convicted in the press and accused U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of orchestrating a “media firestorm” against their client before a single witness had been called. They filed a motion to dismiss the indictment that was handed down by a grand jury last week, contending the proceedings may have been tainted by pre-trial publicity.
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With Indictment Looming, What’s Next For Sheldon Silver?

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Fallen assembly speaker Sheldon Silver could be indicted any day now, but where will his case go from there?

After filing their complaint on Jan 22, government prosecutors had 30 days to obtain an indictment against the Lower East Side pol, according to his attorney. It hasn’t come down yet, but it may well happen during a court hearing scheduled for Feb. 23 (assuming Silver doesn’t request an extension) or even sooner, according to a spokesperson for Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
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Silver Helped Knickerbocker Village Weather the Storms, Tenants Say

Sheldon Silver in 2013, announcing Sandy relief funds for Knickerbocker Village.

Sheldon Silver in 2013, announcing Sandy relief funds for Knickerbocker Village.

It’s safe to say the political tide has turned against Sheldon Silver, as Democrats in the State Assembly press him to resign. But tenants of Knickerbocker Village continue to shower him with praise for having helped them rebound from Superstorm Sandy. (It’s the kind of praise Andrew Cuomo is hurting for this morning, in the wake of the blizzard that wasn’t.) When the longtime Assembly speaker was arrested on corruption charges Thursday, some of those who watched him in action during the crisis at the Lower East Side complex were nothing short of blown away.
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That Time We Chilled With Sheldon Silver, Before the Federal Investigation Heated Up

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Sheldon Silver must be sweating bullets after being arrested this morning for allegedly securing millions in bribes and kickbacks — but we’ve seen the State Assembly Speaker survive the hot seat before. Namely, that time we bumped into him while he was shopping for an air conditioner.
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