ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Embattled New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver has agreed to step down by Monday of next week, in the wake of federal corruption charges.
As CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, Democratic leaders met for two days, and finally decided Tuesday night to force the powerful assembly speaker to step down.
“I don’t know what decision my colleagues made,” Silver said. “I made a decision that I will not hinder this process.”
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D-Rochester) announced the move Tuesday. Morelle will serve as acting speaker until a new one is elected by Feb. 10.
“He said to me he will not impede the transition,” said Morelle, surrounded by most of the 105 Assembly Democrats. “We’ll have a vacancy on Monday.”