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NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- New Yorkers blame Gov. George Pataki most for delays in solving the problem financing the state's schools, a poll released Wednesday indicates.

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- New York's Gov. George Pataki Friday said he wants people to remember the events of Sept. 11 in a low-key way, and for New Yorkers to observe four moments of silence and at 10:29, the moment the second Twin Tower collapsed, for all bells in the state to t

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ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- New York's top education official said the state's schools should forget about the $1.4 billion for extra school aid, expected to be approved this month, becaus
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Sheldon Silver
New York Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, left, developer Sheldon Silver, center and N.Y. Gov David Paterson speak backstage near Ground Zero during the ceremony marking the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mary Altaffer/POOL)

Sheldon Silver (born February 13, 1944) is an American lawyer, a politician and a member of the Democratic Party, currently serving as Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

An Orthodox Jew of eastern European descent, Silver has lived all his life on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He lives with his wife Rosa a few blocks from their children and her parents. Friends regard him as rather cautious and reserved, though with a good sense of humor.

He graduated from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph High School on Manhattan's Henry Street. He was athletic and captain of the basketball team. He spent his undergraduate years at Yeshiva University and obtained a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. By the time he became Speaker of the Assembly, he was known to play basketball with other high-ranking officials, including former Governor Mario Cuomo and Alan G. Hevesi the former New York State Comptroller. In addition to his duties in the Assembly he is an Of Counsel member in the Manhattan personal injury law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg.

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