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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Acknowledges Running Private Law Practice (Newsday)

Newsday, December 11, 2014

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Acknowledges Running Private Law Practice

Powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Thursday said he’s running his own private law practice as part of his outside income that totaled as much as $750,000 in 2013….That puts him in the crosshairs of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s renewed effort to force lawmakers to disclose their private-sector clients, limit their outside income, and assure that “the sources of outside income can have nothing to do with the state of New York. Period.” Silver wouldn’t identify his clients or what legal business he’s done for them….Many lawmakers refuse to identify their clients, saying they need to protect attorney-client confidentiality under law. The New York City Bar Association, however, has said lawmakers are allowed under law and should disclose clients and outside income “to restore public confidence.”

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