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Old 06-09-2011, 10:24 PM
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The Democrats have held the majority party in the lower house in New York since way before he was elected Speaker in 1994, and I'm assuming that's how he's held this position for almost 20 years. I guess unless he kicks the bucket unexpectedly, somehow fails to be re-elected by the ranks, or unless the majority party changes hands, he'll continue his tyranny. From some of what I've read, I definitely don't think he's governing for the good of the majority of New York state, but rather for his own self-interests and those select groups or individuals who he favors.

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Old 06-09-2011, 10:51 PM
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Dave, here is some info on the New York State Assembly that might give some insight into how Silver has held this position for so long. Notice there are no term limits for assembly members. Either he is very popular among his party or no one within wants to chance running against him and losing knowing what the possible consequences would be.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Assembly

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New York State Assembly (from Wikipedia)

The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York State Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of New York. The Assembly is composed of 150 members representing an equal number of districts, with each district having an average population of 128,652. Assembly members serve two-year terms without term limits.

Leadership of the Assembly: The Speaker of the Assembly presides over the Assembly. The Speaker is elected by the Majority Conference followed by confirmation of the full Assembly through the passage of an Assembly Resolution. In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The minority leader is elected by party caucus. The majority leader of the Assembly is selected by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Speaker. The current Speaker is Democrat Sheldon Silver of the 64th Assembly District (New York City-Lower Manhattan). The Majority Leader is Ronald Canestrari of the 106th Assembly District (parts of Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties). The Minority Leader is Republican Brian Kolb of the 129th Assembly District (parts of Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga and Ontario counties and all of Seneca County).

Composition: The Assembly is dominated by the Democrats, who currently hold a 48-seat majority in the chamber. The Assembly's one-man, one-vote apportionment strongly favors the state's traditional Democratic strongholds of New York City (where the Democrats hold all but two seats), the urban areas of Western New York, and the Capital District. The Democrats have controlled the Assembly since 1975.
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:13 PM
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Either he is very popular among his party or no one within wants to chance running against him and losing knowing what the possible consequences would be.
Excepting Llamafighter, of course, I think lots of New Yorkers are crazy. A recent poll showed a majority of voters in Congressman Weiner's district do NOT want him to resign.

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