Obviously you are not disposed to call for Sheldon Silver’s resignation or even a Federal investigation of his corruption. After all, he only embezzled $103,000 from the State treasury and in the context of his other high crimes and misdemeanors, what’s the big deal? Silver was only doing what he has always done. He was bailing out his buddy Vito Lopez. After all he is Sheldon Silver, the guy who wrote the book on intimidating the press with the denial of access. Just ask Liz Benjamin and Jim Vielkind. Is there no one in the spineless press who has the cohunes to stand up to this diabolic scoundrel?
Considering Silver’s past, the press should be asking if it was quiet money to keep Vito’s mouth shut about other topics? We’ll probably never know the answer to that because the press will let the good old Albany establishment boys bury the issue with a Special Prosecutor investigation that will go on forever and result in nothing. Whenever politicians want to bury an issue they appoint a Special Committee or Prosecutor.
Silver acknowledged “a mistake was made.” Was it an intentional mistake? The confidentiality clause, his long history of making such “mistakes” and the BS that other elected officials knew lead one to believe that it was an intentional and unforgivable mistake. What more do you need to demand his resignation?
Silver is a poster child for term limits. 18 years of intimidation, arrogance, illusion and theatrics that the establishment boys call “skill.” He rules the entire State government with an iron fist. We’ll never see Tort, Malpractice or Workers Comp reform while he’s there. He gets a load of money from his personal injury law firm, and under the rules he has written, he is not required to disclose it. We’ll never see reform of the Wick’s law, Taylor Law or Tri-borough Amendment which punish the taxpayers with mind boggling costs. We’ll also never see initiative and referendum which would give the taxpayers a real voice in their government. Silver thinks that three men in a room with one alpha dog works good for him.
Mike Gormley’s expert from someplace else tells us that Silver is out of the weeds because all his actions were known to the Comptroller and Attorney General. What Mike didn’t say is that both of them owe their jobs to Sheldon Silver and have been his puppets for years. That doesn’t work for the people Mike. The “Joint Commission on Public Ethics” was personally picked by Silver. That also doesn’t work for the people Mike.
We know the press is just peachy with things as they are. The status quo suits you so well because it keeps the taxpayers dumbed down and cheap brainless staff keep your profit margins up. You can sell the people of New York just about any garbage. They eat it up. They accept mediocrity and failure because the press has told them that they can’t do anything about it. Those who can get out. Meanwhile guys like Silver keep the entitlements rich to bring more dregs to New York to enhance the effort for a permanent democratic majority. Silver recently showed just how far he has gone off the reservation by proposing that New York State taxpayers give financial aid to educate any illegal in America. Who wants to stick around to pay for that burden?
Corruption is rampant in Albany because Shelly Silver is not only involved and complicit but he also protects the criminality of his followers when one of his bottom fish gets caught with dirty hands.
Silver’s attitude has now evolved to the absurd. He alone can violate the rules of the Assembly and disburse taxpayer money with impunity and without prior consultation or approval. He uses taxpayer money to ensure loyalty. What possible theory could justify the use of taxpayer money to resolve a sexual harassment allegation? What other actions of this man will raise the red flag? Why is a downstate District Attorney, who associates with the good old boy establishment RINO’s, selected as the Special Prosecutor instead of a more objective upstate DA who would be less inclined to belabor the proper dissection of an 18 year career of arrogant larceny and intimidation. If anyone else embezzled $103,000 the press would be calling for the construction of a gallows prior to giving him or her a fair trial.
The question is why is this particular government official above the law. For anyone else in government it would be embezzlement. For Shelly it’s just another day of taking care of his friends and family club.
The press could get by its cowardly image if it followed its role model, NY Times, and jumped at this opportunity to take down the man that even his friends refer to as the demon.
Silver is vengeful and his retaliation is unmerciful. For me, as the greater fool, it’s a call to arms. For spineless cowards like the editors and reporters (and publishers) of the New York State press it would be an earth-shattering bold change of policy. It would require actual research and a major effort to connect the dots and we all know the reluctance of the Albany press corps [Tom Precious of the Buffalo News included.] They don’t like controversy and are only capable of tweaking up feel good press releases.
Here in Buffalo there would probably be a big problem for Stan Lipsey who’s friends and family club members Jordan Levy and Howard Zemsky may be found on Silver’s dance card when the Feds start following the money. Do they do each other big favors? Are investment tips the quid pro quo for handsome multi-million dollar subsidies from the taxpayers for their projects? The money comes from one of Shelly’s “off the books” vehicles like his private stash of taxpayer cash which some refer to as the Dormitory Authority.
He who lives by the sword will die by the sword.