“Over the past several days Assemblyman Heastie and I have discussed at length how to advance the best interests of the citizens of our state by making the New York Assembly more inclusive and member-driven. Carl and I have served together and have been close friends for 15 years. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to unite our members and move the institution forward. He will have my full support.Last week, the US Attorney's Office filed five corruption-related charges against Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has said he'll be vindicated in court. Initially, Assembly Democrats stood behind Silver, but after a pair of meetings earlier this week they said they'd replace him. Silver has said he won't stand in the way of the effort to elect a new speaker.
“I am incredibly grateful to the members of our conference for their ongoing friendship and support throughout this process. United and working together we continue to address the pressing challenges facing New York. It is this commitment that will guide our work over the coming year and inspire us to even greater heights.”