Sheldon Silver Case Ruling: NYers Deserve Justice, Outrage Should Spark Demand for Albany Ethics Reform

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Reclaim New York Executive Director Brandon Muir provided the following statement in response to former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction being overturned today: 

“New Yorkers were denied justice because of a procedural technicality. Some guy in Virginia got off the hook for selling meetings for a nice watch and a vacation, and New Yorkers could get stuck with more corruption.
“The facts of the case remain that Sheldon Silver sold out the people of New York, and the little integrity state government had left, to benefit himself.
“While New Yorkers are stuck waiting for a retrial to see justice done in this case, it’s a reminder Albany has done nothing to clean up its culture of corruption, and actually made the problem worse.
“Citizens are the last and ultimate line of defense against corruption and abuse of power. This should spark overwhelming demand for ethics reform and open government, empowering New Yorkers to hold politicians accountable where the law may fail.”