Spin Cycle

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Half of New Yorkers surveyed say that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should no longer lead the chamber after he mishandled a sexual harassment scandal, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac University poll also had not-so-good news for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. It found his job approval rating at 53 percent, the lowest since the Democrat took office in 2011.

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Silver (D-Manhattan), has never enjoyed good approval ratings statewide. In fact, his highest approval rating ever was just 38 percent in 2008. But following the sexual harassment scandal that led to the resignation of Assemb. Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn), Silver’s rating hit an all-time low on Wednesday, 21 percent.

Further, 51 percent of those surveyed said Silver should step down as assembly speaker, while 22 percent said he should remain as Speaker, a post he’s held since 1994.

 Newsday first reported that a state ethics commission is set to fine Lopez upward of $300,000 for violations of the public officers law.

Quinnipiac also said ratings for Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have dipped. Schumer's approval rating was 59 percent, down from 64 in April. Gillibrand's was 55 percent, down from 57.


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