Former head of New York City charity gets prison term

Former head of New York City charity gets prison term

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) --William Rapfogel, former head of the Metropolitan New York Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in prison for fraud.
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N.Y. assemblyman sanctioned for making sexual comments to staff

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- New York Assemblyman Micah Kellner has been sanctioned after an investigation determined he sexually harassed staff members, state officials said.

NYC philanthropist arrested for political corruption

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A New York politico and philanthropist has been arrested and charged with fraud relating to illegal campaign contributions, police said.
New York approves $9 minimum wage

New York approves $9 minimum wage

ALBANY, N.Y., March 29 (UPI) -- The New York Legislature approved a $135 billion budget that included a $9 minimum wage and a middle-class tax rebate paid for by the "millionaires tax."

N.Y. Senate approves Mixed Martial Arts

ALBANY, N.Y., March 7 (UPI) -- A bill legalizing professional mixed martial arts was approved by the New York state Senate, and goes to the Assembly, which has rejected the idea in the past.

State funds said used to settle sex suits

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Records indicating the speaker of the New York Assembly used public money to settle a harassment suit against a fellow member has created an uproar.

N.Y. Republicans oppose marijuana proposal

ALBANY, N.Y., June 7 (UPI) -- New York state Senate Republicans oppose Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to decriminalize open possession of small amounts of marijuana, a GOP lawmaker said.
Mixed martial arts fails to win OK in N.Y.

Mixed martial arts fails to win OK in N.Y.

ALBANY, N.Y., May 8 (UPI) -- Ultimate Fighting Championship, the biggest organizer of mixed martial arts, criticized a decision to delay a vote on the sport in the New York Legislature.

Collins' 'Antichrist' gaffe may hurt hopes

BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- New York gubernatorial hopeful Chris Collins may have torpedoed his hopes by comparing a Jewish politician to Adolf Hitler and the Antichrist, analysts say.

New York Senate leader won't run again

ALBANY, N.Y., June 24 (UPI) -- The New York state Legislature's highest ranking Republican announced Monday he will not seek re-election in November.
New York politics sour over traffic poll

New York politics sour over traffic poll

ALBANY, N.Y., April 8 (UPI) -- New York state politics got ugly following the death of a plan to impose a traffic toll in Manhattan, with officials exchanging barbs, legislators observed.

Trouble after a night at intern's place

ALBANY, N.Y., May 4 (UPI) -- The New York Assembly censured its first member, a Buffalo lawmaker who spent the night in an intern's bedroom.

New York comptroller expected to resign

ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- New York State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi plans to resign and plead guilty to charges of misappropriation of state workers, a report said Thursday. The felony charges stem from Hevesi's alleged use of state workers as personal aides and chauffeurs for his

Giuliani opened downtown despite danger

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A 2001 memo reveals then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani re-opened sections of downtown Manhattan weeks after the 9/11 attacks despite knowing the air was toxic. The New York Post published a CBS News report that said the city's Department of Environmental P

Pataki vetoes minimum wage bill

ALBANY, N.Y., July 30 (UPI) -- New York Gov. George Pataki has vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum wage in the state to $7.15 by 2007.
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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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