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Sheldon Silver To Temporarily Relinquish Speaker Duties

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves a federal courthouse in New York, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Silver was a
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves a federal courthouse in New York, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Silver was arrested Thursday on charges he used his position as one of the state's most powerful politicians to collect millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks disguised as legitimate income. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York State Assembly, agreed on Sunday to relinquish his duties on a temporary basis as he fights federal corruption charges, according to people briefed on the matter.

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