Sheldon Silver

Sheldon Silver, Disgraced Assembly Speaker from LES, Dies at 77

Posted January 25, 2022 at 5:10 am

Sheldon Silver, the disgraced powerhouse of the New York State Assembly, and native Lower East Sider, whose career was toppled by a 2015 corruption conviction, died yesterday. He was 77. According to the New York Times, Silver, who maintained a residence at Hillman Houses, had been imprisoned at Devens Federal Medical Center in Ayer, Massachusetts. […]


Living in District 1, It’s Time to Stop Being Indifferent [OP-ED]

Posted November 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

In a democracy, so the saying goes, the people get the government they deserve. Don’t we deserve better in District 1? Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was a cancer that spread throughout Lower Manhattan over the course of 40 years. His malfeasance eroded our vital democracy, carved up our district and turned out gerrymandered zombie […]


Yuh-Line Niou Wins Primary to Become Sheldon Silver’s Replacement in 65th Assembly District

Posted September 14, 2016 at 5:03 am

The results are in, and it’s a monumental shift for the Lower East Side. Yuh-Line Niou, formerly chief of staff to Assembly member Ron Kim of Queens, was victorious in yesterday’s Democratic primary for the 65th Assembly District. Since the vote was a primary, the seat is not yet hers. Given that the area is […]


Tonight is the Vote for Gigi Li’s Replacement as CB3 Chair

Posted June 28, 2016 at 5:17 am

Community Board 3 nominations have been in since late last month. The fifty members of the advisory body will pick their next leader – the Chairperson seat – at the full board meeting tonight. (The public has no say in the matter.) For the last several years, its been Gigi Li atop the heap. Stepping […]


Sheldon Silver, Disgraced Ex-Assembly Speaker, Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

Posted May 4, 2016 at 5:15 am

For Sheldon Silver, decades of corruption nets only a twelve year sentence in the slammer. The sentencing came down yesterday afternoon. The 72-year-old Silver had been convicted back in November for honest services fraud, money laundering, and extortion. The verdict – netted after a five-week trial – ultimately resulted in the loss of his Assembly […]


Jenifer Rajkumar to Announce Campaign to Knock Alice Cancel from 65th Assembly Seat

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

With the special election for the 65th Assembly District finished, candidates are gearing up to unseat the new incumbent in the September primary. Disgraced former speaker Sheldon Silver had groomed Alice Cancel as his replacement, and she handily won last Tuesday, despite an apparent lack of campaigning. However, she can’t rest on her laurels nor […]


Hyperlocal Haggadah: The 10 Plagues of the Lower East Side this Passover

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:43 pm

Every year at the Passover seder table, participants recite the Ten Plagues that the almighty brought down on the Egyptians, who had enslaved the ancient Hebrews. But why not identify the plagues afflicting the neighborhood this spring. Inspired by an eight-year-old blog post of same by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, we decided to compile […]

Alice Cancel, Sheldon Silver’s Chosen One, Voted Successor to His Assembly Seat

Posted April 20, 2016 at 5:10 am

So it seems that disgraced assemblyman Sheldon Silver’s influence and grip on local politics is intact. Alice Cancel, his puppet pick as replacement in the New York State Assembly, scored victory last night in the special election for the 65th Assembly district. It was a close race. Cancel edged opponent Yuh-Line Niou 41.3 percent to 35 percent […]


Sheldon Silver’s Choice Rite Aid on Grand Street Gets Fancy Gourmet Makeover

Last modified April 7, 2016 at 12:50 pm

The Rite Aid on Grand Street – where disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver buys Raisin Bran – is undergoing a total facelift. From top to bottom. On the outside, the token red illuminated lettering was pried from the marquee, and new paint swatches added to the facade. The shopping experience within the pharmacy is also […]

Filed Under


Where Gangsters Prayed: Stepping Inside the Bialystoker Synagogue on the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted March 25, 2016 at 9:16 am

One small town in present day Poland spawned the bialy, the namesake behind “Bialystok and Bloom,” and an historic synagogue for its descendants here on the Lower East Side. More than a century in prayer, the Bialystoker congregation on Willet Street (i.e. Bialystoker Place) – a city certified landmark – survives as a living testament […]

Filed Under