Since New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced he wouldn’t formally resign from his post after being arrested for corruption, Albany has determined to take the matter out of his hands, the New York Times reports.
After 20 years in power, Silver is in the middle of a swift and brutal fall from grace—prosecutors allege he illegally acquired nearly $4 million in an ongoing scheme that included taking bribes or making arrangements to benefit New York law firms in exchange for payments he failed to report.
Silver’s temporary replacement as speaker is Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle, and other lawmakers will take on aspects of the job as well. The State Assembly will hold an election for the new speaker on Feb. 10.
Silver may still resign as a gesture, though he maintains his innocence. He has, however, agreed to not impede Albany’s process of replacing him.