Today, the Albany Times Union published a letter to the editor written by LRANY’s Phoebe Stonbely. This letter highlights the new found optimism and hope that is upon New York following the arrest and indictment of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
“Following the indictment of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Albany may finally see an opportunity for justice, fairness and common sense to return to our legislative body. Mr. Silver’s more than 20-year reign as speaker is now under federal investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, and the Legislature finally has a chance to shake the influence of the trial lawyers and work for the people of New York.
Year after year, Mr. Silver blocked sensible changes and reforms to our legal system. He adamantly opposed any reforms that would hurt of the bottom line of the trial lawyers, passed laws that would further expand liability and consistently told New Yorkers that there was no conflict of interest between his role as speaker and his six-figure income from a personal injury law firm.”