On Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to 12 years in prison. He was convicted last November of a number of charges, including honest services fraud, money laundering and extortion. He resigned as Assembly Speaker shortly after he was indicted, but retained his Assembly seat. Upon his conviction, he forfeited his Assembly seat.
Gov. Cuomo issued the following statement:
“Today’s decision sent a simple message that officials who abuse the public’s trust will be held accountable. Justice was served.”
We can only hope that public officials who put their personal financial interests ahead of their responsibility to the public are prosecuted and appropriately punished.