JCOPE speaks: Sheldon Silver faces up to a $120,000 fine

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Sheldon Silver

This is probably the least of ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s woes, but the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics quietly yesterday filed a notice that Silver faces up to $120,000 in fines for not properly disclosing his outside income on ethics forms.

The notice of delinquency by JCOPE comes after federal prosecutors Jan. 22 arrested Silver for allegedly receiving $4 million in kickbacks from two law firms for more than a decade. One of the firms, Goldberg & Iryami, was never listed on Silver’s disclosure forms from the ethics watchdog.

JCOPE said Silver could face up to $120,000 in fines for not listing the outside income on his forms from 2011 through 2013. Silver stepped down as speaker Feb. 2 amid pressure from Assembly Democrats to do so. He was succeeded by Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie.

A Silver spokesman rejected the complaint. Silver had $3.2 million in his campaign coffers as of last month.

“Assemblyman Silver firmly believes that he filed all financial disclosure information pursuant to the law, and he intends to prove that,” the statement from Silver’s office said.

NOD Silver by jspector

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