Albany, NY – Heastie To Be NY Assembly Speaker; Formal Vote On Tuesday

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    Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Rochester, left, and Assemblyman Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, walk to a Democratic conference at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Assembly Speaker Silver's 21 years as the leader of the Assembly will come to a close Monday night when he steps down following federal corruption charges. The resignation will be effective at 11:59 p.m., an unceremonious end to the second-longest tenure by a current speaker in any U.S. statehouse. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)Albany, NY – A Democratic lawmaker from the Bronx is poised to take over leadership of the New York state Assembly after the resignation of longtime speaker Sheldon Silver.

    Assemblyman Carl Heastie (HAY’-stee) is expected to be elected speaker by the full Assembly when it picks a new leader on Tuesday.

    The Democratic majority nominated him Monday afternoon with a unanimous vote after another contender, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, dropped out.

    Silver’s resignation comes after the Manhattan Democrat was charged with taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks. He says he expects to be exonerated and will keep his Assembly seat.

    On Monday, Silver called Heastie a “good man” who will do “a good job” as speaker.

    Heastie vowed Monday to pursue a series of ethics reforms, which many lawmakers said was a requirement for their support.

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