Facing Federal Trial, Silver Declines to Disclose Outside Income

Assemblyman Sheldon Silver.

Assemblyman Sheldon Silver.

In state disclosure forms made public last week, State Assemblyman Sheldon Silver declined to report outside business dealings and income from the year 2014.

“Given pending proceedings in Federal Court,” the former Assembly Speaker wrote, “it is inappropriate to answer this question; however, this answer will be amended upon completion of the proceedings.” The longtime Lower East Side lawmaker is scheduled to go on trial in November for allegedly accepting $4 million in kickbacks.

State law requires Albany legislators to disclose their non-government income. Silver could face stiff fines from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics for failing to adhere to the rules.

For 2013, Silver reported he’d earned up to $750,000 for legal work at Weitz & Luxenberg and through his own law practice.

Sheldon Silver 2014 Financial Disclosure Statement by The Lo-Down