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First Dem calls for Silver to step down
A Queens politician became the first Democrat to call for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign — though he’s from the state Senate, not the Assembly.
Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) said Silver’s (D-Manhattan) approval of a confidential settlement of the sexual harassment allegations leveled at powerful Assemb. Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) is “seen as the classic example of the dysfunction and backroom deals that has plagued Albany for decades.”
“If ever that was a time for change, it is now!” Avella said in a news release.
No Assembly Democrats have made the same demand. Avella’s action came just a day after Republicans launched an online petition to pressure Silver. A Silver spokesman has called the demands “election-year politics.”