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Ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver getting $79,000 pension, records show

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has started collecting a pension of more than $79,000 a year. Credit: Spencer Platt

ALBANY — Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who in November was convicted of corruption, extortion and money laundering, is now collecting $79,222 a year in a state pension, according to state comptroller’s office records.

Silver plans to appeal the federal corruption conviction. His pension is guaranteed by the state constitution.

Newsday first reported Dec. 1 that Silver was eligible for a pension of up to $85,000 a year, depending on the options he chose.

The Manhattan Democrat, 71, had 44 years of state service and some additional public pension credit from work for New York City as a lawyer.

In December, former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who was also convicted of corruption charges, applied for his pension. Skelos’ pension is expected to be worth $95,000 a year. Skelos served in the Senate since 1985 and was majority leader from 2011 to 2015.

Silver and Skelos each collected about $120,000 a year as legislative leaders before they were arrested last year.

In August, Newsday reported that at least 13 former state elected officials who were convicted of corruption and other charges are eligible to collect state pension checks totaling more than $604,000 a year.

Several proposals have been made in Albany to force the forfeiture of pensions for public officials convicted of corruption. An agreement between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Senate’s Republican majority and Assembly’s Democratic majority fell apart when public employee unions balked and the Assembly Democrats dropped out.

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