Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York state Assembly, has resigned following federal charges that he took nearly $4 million in kickbacks.
Silver spokesman Michael Whyland says Friday that Silver filed a letter saying his resignation as Assembly leader will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday.
The 70-year-old Manhattan Democrat had already announced that he would relinquish the position he held for 21 years after he was arrested last week on federal corruption charges. He denies the charges and intends to hold on to his seat in the Assembly.
Majority Leader Joseph Morelle of Rochester will serve as acting speaker until the Assembly picks a new leader. Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of Queens are vying for the position.
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