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  • A Sheldon Silver Mystery: Did He Betray New York Renters?

    by Justin Elliott
    When New York enacted a major rent regulation law in 2011, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver celebrated the passage of the legislation as a victory over real estate interests.
    “Despite fierce and well-financed opposition to working families in New York City, we were able to secure important victories for tenants,” he said at the time.
    But the bribery case against Silver unveiled by prosecutors last week raises questions about whether Silver pulled his punches in negotiations on that 2011 bill, potentially at the expense of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who live in rent stabilized apartments.

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