At the core of the FBI’s investigation of Assembly Speaker Sheldon is his relationship with Goldberg & Iryami.
The men behind the two-attorney Manhattan law firm have a reputation for success in their niche field.
Their bailiwick is tax certiorari law, and their job is to win property tax reductions for their high-profile clients.
While it is not illegal for state lawmakers to have outside jobs, it’s uncertain what Silver did for the firm in return for what the FBI and federal prosecutors claim is a substantial sum of money.
Authorities claim Silver failed to disclose the payments on his annual financial disclosure reports.
In late December, The Times reported that Goldberg & Iryami counts among its clients, a “wealthy landlord with a troubled past who has ties to Mr. Silver.”
The paper said the landlord, Baruch Singer, was the rabbi at Silver’s synagogue on the Lower East Side and used the firm to seek tax assessment reductions on several buildings he owns.
Singer, according to The Times, has a “contentious history as a landlord” and a record of housing code violations and unsafe living conditions.
Silver also has a relationship with the personal injury law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, a relationship he has disclosed in his public disclosure statements.
The New York Times, which broke the story of the Silver investigation, said Silver commented briefly before meeting with the FBI.
“I hope I’ll be vindicated,” he said, according to The Times.