FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2015
Contact: Paul Newell
347-351-7285 or [email protected]
STATEMENT ON THE CONVICTION OF SHELDON SILVER
“This is a sad day for Lower Manhattan and a sad day for New York. Today’s verdict proves it is up to us to reclaim our government. No court will end Albany’s culture of corruption and cronyism. If we, as voters and citizens, continue to accept a government that favors those who buy power and influence, then that will be the government we get. But, if we want a government that is fair, transparent, and works for all of us, we must reclaim it ourselves. We can and must do better. The time for us to act is now.”
Paul Newell is a community organizer, tenant activist, a lifelong resident of the Lower Manhattan, and a leading voice for ethics reform in Albany. Since 2009, Newell has been the elected Democratic District Leader for the 65th Assembly District. (The district that was represented in the NYS Assembly by Sheldon Silver until his conviction on November 30, 2015.) 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.