Sheldon "Shelly" Silver, the former speaker of the New York State Assembly who was convicted last November on corruption charges for taking $4 million of illegal payments in exchange for official actions, will be sentenced in a federal court on April 13 as reported by John Riley for Newsday.
Silver's son-in-law Marcello Trebitsch was sentenced last month in an unrelated case after pleading guilty to securities fraud for bilking "four clients out of almost $6 million from 2007 to 2014" in a Ponzi scheme as reported by Erik Larson for Bloomberg.
In 2014 power broker and Silver pal William Rapfogel was convicted in state court for stealing millions from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty which he headed for years as then reported by Shayna Jacobs for the Daily News:
He and his cronies inflated insurance payments they claimed Met Council owed and pocketed the difference with the help of an insurance man, he admitted. Some of those funds were used to donate to politicians' campaigns to gain support for the charity, but there is no indication any of the public officials knew the money was tainted.
Rapfogel was sentenced to 3 1/3-to-10 years but according to a prison official "has been granted a furlough that allows him to spend the Jewish Sabbath that starts Friday nights at home with his wife, Judy," and "must return to his minimum-security prison in Manhattan on Saturday evenings" as reported by Kenneth Lovett for the Daily News. William also apparently is spending his days at a real estate company under a work release program. Judy Rapfogel was Silver's chief of staff, and as of last month still was on the state payroll and the taxpayer dime as reported by Aaron Short for the New York Post: "Judy Rapfogel, who was not called to testify in the corruption trial in which her boss was convicted, will finish her decades-long career closing his Manhattan district office and 'completing casework,' Assembly spokesman Mike Whyland said."