Sheldon Silver Built Power by Speaking Softly While Punishing Foes

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver walks out of the Federal Courthouse after his arraignment on January 22, 2015 in New York City.

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver became the state’s most powerful lawmaker by practicing politics the old-fashioned way -- rewarding friends, punishing enemies and keeping words to a minimum.

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