After former Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-NY) was forced to step down due to his arrest on federal corruption charges, the New York State Assembly held a vote to choose his successor earlier today.
Democrat Carl Heastie won the position thanks to his party’s majority. Many Republicans meanwhile, voted for Brian Kolb.
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney however, voted for Preet Bharara the U.S. Attorney whose investigation led to Silver’s demise.
Tenney’s office issued the following press release:
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R, C—New Hartford) today voted for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara for Speaker of the New York State Assembly.
“Business as usual must end in Albany, that’s why my colleague Steve McLaughlin and I voted for Preet Bharara for speaker of the New York State Assembly today. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is rooting out corruption as we speak. His indictment of former Speaker Shelly Silver is just the tip of the iceberg in the long list of needed reforms to this chamber. Mr. Bharara would be an excellent choice to lead this body in its most important endeavor — restoring the public’s trust in their elected representatives,” said Tenney.
Tenney also posted a photo of Silver checking out his new digs in the back row of the Assembly floor.