ALBANY, N.Y. – Sheldon Silver has played a leading role in New York politics for 20 years and now in the wake of his arrest, some have spoken about the legacy the Assembly Speaker has in the state.
As for his accomplishments during his two decades as Speaker, former Assemblyman Ronald Canestrari said he worked to help the average New Yorker.
“Whether it’s rent control in New York City, which definitely affects his district, or aid to education helping those districts that were the poorest,” he said.
Silver’s been called ‘one of the three men running New York’, making decisions with Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
“He would come to the democratic majority with some ideas, and if we said, ‘No, we don’t like this,’ he would adjust accordingly,” Canestrari said. “That’s true leadership.”
Silver is also known for the repeal of New York City’s commuter tax and his opposition to the legalization of professional MMA.