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Paladino Calls New York Assembly Speaker a ‘Criminal’

New York Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino called Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver “a criminal” who has protected the insurance industry to benefit his private law practice.

“The man’s a criminal, OK?” Paladino, 64, said today at a breakfast forum in Manhattan sponsored by Crain’s New York Business. “He’s never said how much his income is or how he earns it. You can just look at it and smell there’s something wrong when we in New York have the highest insurance rates in the country.”