Sheldon Silver submits letter of resignation

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver submitted a letter of resignation.

Silver’s press secretary Mike Whyland said the resignation only applies to his position as assembly speaker. He will remain a member of the assembly.

Silver was arrested on January 22 on five federal corruption charges. The 70-year old has been accused of using his position to make himself millions.

State democrats initially defended the politician following his arrest. But they soon began to waiver. The democratic assembly met over the course of two days to determine the next course of action.

On January 27, they announced Silver would either have to resign his position by February 2 or be voted out.

Whyland said Silver’s resignation will take effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle will act as the interim speaker until a new speaker is selected.

An election will take place on February 10 for a new speaker.

Silver held the position of Assembly Speaker since 1994.

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