(WIVB) – Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has died. He was 77 years old.

Silver was once a powerful figure in New York State government, leading the assembly for more than 20 years.

Silver was convicted in 2018 for accepting nearly $4 million in bribes.

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