Who hasn’t weighed in?

Yesterday I reached to our local state elected officials for responses on what they think about the arrest of state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

You can read my story here.

In that story, I didn’t get comment from three of our local legislators: Senators George Amedore,R-Rotterdam, William Larkin,R-Cornwall-on-Hudson, and Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston.

Amedore’s spokeswoman Eileen Miller called me back at the end of the day and said Amedore wouldn’t comment. Someone who picked up the phone at Larkin’s office said they would pass on the message but I didn’t get a call back.

And although Cahill didn’t return my calls, I just saw him walk by the Record’s Kingston bureau. I ran after him to ask for comment. Cahill smiled politely, waved at me and said he had an important meeting to go to. He didn’t stop walking.

Silver, who has been Speaker for more than 20 years, was arrested by the FBI in lower Manhattan Thursday morningĀ and slapped with federal conspiracy and bribery charges.

Silver has held one of the most powerful positions in state government. He’s been one of the “three men in the room,” along with the sitting governor and Senate Majority Leader, who are typically involved in final negotiations over the state budge. He also holds sway over appointing committee chairs and bringing bills to the floor.

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