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NY Assembly Speaker Takes Leave of Absence from NYC Law Firm

by Associated Press


New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is taking a leave of absence from his law firm as he fights federal corruption charges. 

New York City-based Weitz & Luxenberg announced the separation Wednesday. President Perry Weitz says the firm was "shocked" to learn about the accusations against Silver.

The 70-year-old Manhattan Democrat faces charges that he took nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks. Some of the charges relate to allegations that Silver collected money for securing state grants for a doctor who then referred cases to the firm. 

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