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Silver prison term delayed until at least Oct. 31

ALBANY – Sheldon Silver will not have to report to federal prison next week to begin serving his 12-year sentence on corruption charges.

A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Thursday morning that Silver can stay out of prison until at least October 31 as she weighs whether the former top Democrat in the New York Legislature can delay the start of his sentence until his appeals case runs its course.

The former Assembly Speaker was convicted last December of using his office to personally enrich himself and was due to report to prison August 31.

Silver was convicted last December and later sentenced by federal judge Valerie Caproni to 12 years in prison. He also was ordered to pay nearly $7 million for his role in a scheme to tap the power of his office to drive money to him through his outside law business dealings.

Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, also convicted in December on corruption charges, are appealing their convictions based on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell. The high court overturned McDonnell’s conviction because the definition of “official acts” was overly broad.

Silver was a central figure in Albany’s three-men-in-a-room style of governing since he took over the top Assembly post in 1994. He served with five different governors during the span of his Albany power years.


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