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Tags: U.S Attorney | albany | new york | investigation

U.S Attorney Warns Albany, NY, Lawmakers to 'Stay Tuned'

By    |   Thursday, 22 January 2015 06:54 PM

The U.S. attorney who filed corruption charges Thursday against one of the most powerful politicians in New York state is warning other Albany lawmakers to "stay tuned."

"These charges in our view go to the very core of what ails Albany: lack of transparency, lack of accountability, and lack of principle — joined with overabundance of greed, cronyism, and self-dealing," federal prosecutor Preet Bharara said Thursday in announcing charges against New York's State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Business Insider reports.

"But we will keep at it. As our unfinished fight against public corruption continues, you should stay tuned."

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York wouldn't elaborate on cases his office is juggling, keeping the details vague, Business Insider notes.

"We have been looking at Speaker Silver's outside income for some period of time. ... We have number of public corruption investigations going on," he said. "I'm not going to tell you which people we're looking at."

Earlier Thursday, the 70-year-old Silver was arrested by the FBI on federal conspiracy and bribery charges that carry up to 100 years in prison and could cost him his political seat. He was released on $200,000 bail.

The Democratic lawyer was accused of lining up jobs at two firms and then accepting money much of it disguised as "referral fees" in exchange for using his power to do political favors, according to Bharara.

Silver didn't enter a plea but announced he'd be "vindicated on the charges."

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reportedly came under scrutiny by Bharara for ending his own anti-corruption commission last summer.

Business Insider reports Bharara took files from that commission and used them for his own probes, including the one that led to charges against Silver.

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