A majority of New Yorkers, based upon a recent poll, want Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign. This has been echoed on the editorial pages of the city’s daily newspapers, yet this is easier said than done.
This is because Speaker Silver rules the Assembly with an iron hand, and Silver has all the politicians (members of the Democratic Assembly caucus) in his pocket, keeping him in power.
He controls whose bills come out of committee to a full vote, lulus for chairing committees and subcommittees, funding for member projects, staffing, mailings and district office budgets.
Silver also controls the Democratic State Assembly campaign committee, which provides funding to the handful of members who, despite gerrymandered districts, have competitive races against Republican opponents.