Assemb. Sheldon Silver was convicted of bribe-taking, extortion and money laundering stemming from two schemes.
In one, he provided $500,000 in state grants for mesothelioma research to Columbia University researcher Dr. Robert Taub, who in return referred asbestos injury cases to a Silver law firm that gave Silver a split of any monetary damages.
In the other, Silver tilted real estate legislation on rent control and tax breaks toward two developers, Glenwood Management of New Hyde Park and Witkoff Group. Those two firms gave some of their legal work to Manhattan lawyer Jay Goldberg, who secretly shared fees with Silver.