FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2015
Contact: Paul Newell
347-351-7285 or Paul@NewellNYC.org
STATEMENT FROM DEMOCRATIC DISTRICT LEADER PAUL NEWELL
ON THE REPORTED IMMINENT ARREST OF NY ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER
New York, N.Y. – Democratic District Leader Paul Newell issued the following statement today:
“If the report in the New York Times is true, this is a sad day for Lower Manhattan and a sad day for New York.
I can’t speak to the specific charges against the Speaker, but I can say that outside income for legislators is a certain recipe for corruption. Speaker Silver and Majority Leader Skelos should have banned it long ago. The 65th Assembly District, and all New Yorkers, deserve better.”
Paul Newell is a community organizer, activist and longtime resident of the Lower East Side. In 2009, he was elected Democratic District Leader for the 65th Assembly District. He was reelected in 2011 and 2013. The district is represented in the NYS Assembly by Sheldon Silver. In 2008, Newell ran a spirited challenger’s campaign for the Assembly seat, winning the endorsements of The New York Times, The Daily News, the New York Post and many others.