Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) was re-elected Assembly Speaker on Wednesday.

First elected in 1976, Silver became Assembly speaker in 1994.  He is just a few years short of becoming the longest-serving Assembly Speaker in state history.

Also on Wednesday, Speaker Silver announced that he has appointed Assemblyman Joe Morelle (D-Irondequoit) to serve as Assembly Majority Leader.   Morelle, who replaces retired Assemblyman Ron Canestrari in the position, will run the Assembly floor during debates.

We are very pleased about this appointment. During his 23 year tenure in the State Assembly, Joe Morelle has been a tremendous advocate for his constituents in the Rochester area as well as the entire Upstate region. His appointment to serve as Assembly Majority Leader will undoubtedly strengthen the voice of Upstate taxpayers and businesses.

As a former small business owner, Assemblyman Morelle knows the challenges that employers face on a daily basis and we look forward to working with him to advance measures that will improve New York’s business climate and strengthen the future of our Upstate communities.