Silver to Begin 78-Month Sentence in August

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves the federal courthouse in July 2018 after his original sentencing of seven years. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

Sheldon Silver, the former powerful Assembly Speaker who represented a large swath of Lower Manhattan for 21 years, has been ordered to report to prison next month, where a federal judge on Monday sentenced him to 6 1/2 years. Silver had been convicted of corruption charges twice, in 2015 and 2018, but some charges were overturned on appeal.

“Mr. Silver, his time has come. He needs to go to jail,” Federal District Court Judge Valerie E. Caproni said at the sentencing, according to the Times. Caproni also fined the Lower East Side Democrat $1 million.

Silver was convicted for a scheme in which he collected $700,000 for steering a powerful developer, seeking the speaker’s influence, to a firm specializing in tax law. It was a charge that survived an appeal in January.

It is yet to be announced where Silver will be held. At his original sentencing in July, 2018, Caproni recommended that he do his time at the Otisville Camp, a minimum security correctional facility in Orange County that serves the needs of Orthodox Jewish inmates.