In one of the more bizarre redistricting stories to be reported in recent decades, the New York Post reports today that former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver used the Assembly’s 2012 redistricting plan to eliminate a rival from office who he alleged was having a relationship with another Assembly Member Silver was also seeing.
According to the news story, “crooked ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ended the career of a fellow pol — because the man had an affair with the powerful Manhattan Democrat’s mistress, sources told The Post.
Silver was so jealous of then-Assemblyman Dan Burling carrying on with then-Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer that he forced his romantic rival out of office through a redistricting scheme, sources said.
He engineered the drawing of new lines around Burling’s upstate district in 2012, said well-placed sources on both sides of the aisle in Albany.”
This is not the first time Silver has been accused of gerrymandering for political or personal purposes. In 2002, Hakeem Jeffries’ home was drawn out of a Brooklyn district where he planned to challenge then-Assembly Member Roger Green. Green subsequently resigned from office after the redistricting process, opening the way for Jeffries to run from a different address. He is now a Member of the U.S. Congress.