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Old 06-08-2011, 04:44 PM
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Default The Next Target of my Wrath by Letter: Sheldon Silver

Here is a guy who is Speaker in the Assembly for New York State...and He doesnt appear to be the most...democratic...of statesmen.

The bid to legalize MMA in New York was passed by small groups enroute to its sanctioning at Legislation level.

Mr Silver has decided, that, despite the positive results, noone is interested, and ergo the legislation doesnt look like it will be heard or ratified.

...This comming from someone who is supposed to be part of a Nation that works on the power of the vote, has managed to single handedly speak for the entire New York State Government by the sounds of it.

It sounds like he has been around on the Assembly too long. Thirty odd years, and all the Press are saying that, effectively, he, personally holds the key to getting anything into Law in New York.

I dont like that. ...and if I understand American Culture and Law properly, not even the US President is supposed to be able to just do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, without regard for the rest of the Congress and The Courts.

So...What makes Sheldon Silver so special that the Constitutional boundaries of his job, do not apply to him

I have a good mind to write and ask him
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:14 PM
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Here's the MMAFighting.com article on the subject:

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Effectively Kills 2011 MMA Bill
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With a few words from arguably the most powerful man in New York state politics, it appears that mixed martial arts in the Empire State will once again die in its 2011 bid for sanctioning.

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat and 34-year veteran of the Assembly who has held the most pivotal role in New York's legislature since 1994, effectively sealed the sport's fate with a single sentence.

"There does not appear to be widespread support in the Assembly for this legislation," Silver said on Tuesday, according to The New York Daily News.

To say the least, his words come as a curious statement just days after the bill to regulate the sport had easily sailed through the Assembly's Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committee by a 16-3 vote. The bill had already been passed through the state senate as well, in a 42-18 vote.

But Silver has the power to effectively do just the opposite of those votes: stop the MMA bill dead in its tracks.

As MMA Fighting reported last year, Silver is considered the most powerful man in the state capital, a title agreed upon by both The New York Times and The New York Post. Due to the overwhelmingly Democratic-controlled Assembly, Silver has huge sway over what bills get introduced for a full vote, and which stall out before ever reaching that point. He has the power to greenlight a bill through traffic, and create gridlock where there is none. Dr. Douglas Muzzio, a professor at New York's Baruch College and longtime political analyst, told MMA Fighting last October that "nothing happens legislatively in the New York State Assembly" without Silver's OK. By virtue of his statement about MMA, it nearly guarantees the bill won't see the Assembly floor for a full vote.

Clearly, there is a fair amount of support for the bill by virtue of the votes that passed it through the senate as well as Assembly committees, not only in 2011, but in years past. But until and unless Silver allows it to be brought to the floor for a full vote, MMA sanctioning in New York will continue to tempt us with promise before ultimately failing.

Past repeated attempts to get Silver to publicly comment on his personal position on MMA have been met with resistance, with his spokespeople saying he does not comment on bills before they're in the voting process. Yet seeing as the bills have passed through some important committees, it would seem as though Silver would allow it a chance to pass or fail in the Assembly on its own merits. But that is not how politics work in 2011, at least not in New York, and not on his watch.

At least we're not the only ones left shaking our heads. Even some of his fellow Democrats don't quite understand what's going on, including Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, who according to The Daily News, said it's "illogical and irrational" that New York would ignore the potential revenue generated by MMA during a time of financial crisis. Upon sanctioning, MMA's leading promotion the UFC had promised New York two events within the first calendar year that would generate around $16 million in economic activity. Apparently, that's not nearly enough.

The bad news gets worse, folks. Silver was just re-elected last November, so next year, we get to do it all over again.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:20 PM
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I have read that the Unions were keeping MMA out of NY becuase the Ferrite owned casino's ain't Unionized!
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:39 PM
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I have read that the Unions were keeping MMA out of NY becuase the Ferrite owned casino's ain't Unionized!
What would be fascinating...is if anyone can tie Silver to an interest in a Union thats anti UFC because they dissagree with unregulated casinos owned by the Fetittas



Is he a union rep...does he have a seat on a union board...are his best buds the union chiefs...?

OOOO New York Politics sounds downright dirty
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What would be fascinating...is if anyone can tie Silver to an interest in a Union thats anti UFC because they dissagree with unregulated casinos owned by the Fetittas



Is he a union rep...does he have a seat on a union board...are his best buds the union chiefs...?

OOOO New York Politics sounds downright dirty
I'll have to research to be sure but I think one of the big Unions support him politically! That's were alot of Democrat campaign money comes from. Unions and Hollywood! Unfortunantly big time politics is a dirty bussiness!
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I'll have to research to be sure but I think one of the big Unions support him politically! That's were alot of Democrat campaign money comes from. Unions and Hollywood! Unfortunantly big time politics is a dirty bussiness!
The union that's anti-Fertittas is the one for waiters/cooks/kitchen staff/etc. Can't remember the name of it right now...
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The Speaker of the New York State Assembly is the highest official in the New York State Assembly, customarily elected from the ranks of the majority party.

As in most countries with a British heritage, the speaker presides over the lower house of the legislature. (The position exists in every U.S. state and in the United States House of Representatives, the lower house of the Congress. New York's Assembly Speaker is very powerful. Effectively, the Speaker of the New York Assembly has the power to control much of the business in the Assembly and, in fact, throughout all of state government. Through almost single-handed control of the chamber, the Assembly Speaker is able to dictate what legislation makes it to the floor and what does not, and will punish the members of his caucus that do not vote in his favor (e.g. former assembly majority leader Michael Bragman losing his leadership post after running against current speaker Sheldon Silver). Through this and heavy gerrymandering that has given him a near-permanent supermajority, the Assembly Speaker rarely faces any challenge to his post.
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Sounds like the only way we'll hear about UFC & MSG is if a fighter gets food poisoning from a Chinese buffet...
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Sounds like the only way we'll hear about UFC & MSG is if a fighter gets food poisoning from a Chinese buffet...
No...that will be their revenge when MMA DOES get sanctioned LOL
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Surely to punish your adversary is illegal and tantamount to abuse of power, which should see someone of his office REMOVED.



That is a form of Tyranny...which I had thought was against American Values. How does he get away with it??
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