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Silver out as speaker of State Assembly

ALBANY — Facing federal corruption charges, Sheldon Silver is being replaced as speaker of the New York State Assembly next week, Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday, paving the way for them to choose a new leader in an election to be held Feb. 10.

Rochester-area assemblyman, Joseph D. Morelle, who has been Mr. Silver’s No. 2 and is a top contender to succeed him permanently, will take over as interim speaker on Monday, officials said.

Morelle was among those who met privately with Silver Monday night to inform him of the no-confidence sentiment in the 105-member Democratic conference.

That request for Silver to voluntarily step down came during a more than five-hour closed-door meeting Monday night.

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