Assembly Democrats re-elect Silver as speaker
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Powerful New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will serve another term negotiating with his fifth governor.
The lower Manhattan Democrat was chosen by the Democratic conference in closed-door session Tuesday. He said there was no opposition.
Silver was first elected to the Assembly in 1976 and easily won re-election in the fall.
As speaker, he must gain a consensus in the diverse Democratic conference and negotiate those positions with the governor and leader of the Senate.
Silver is praised by Democrats as a consummate negotiator.
Silver says he hasn't yet chosen a majority leader. Former majority leader Ronald Canestrari of Albany County retired in the fall.
Silver is within a few years of becoming the longest tenured legislative leader in state history.
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