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March 24, 2015- This is why the CB1 needs to be cleaned out. DNAinfo reports, “While he fights a host of corruption charges, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver still plans to tackle one of Lower Manhattan’s longstanding problems — school overcrowding.
And the scandal-plagued politician has the full support of many in the community.
“We still have an urgent need for more schools,” said Matt Schneider, the former PTA president of Battery Park City’s P.S. 276. “He’s proven time and time again that he wants to help solve this problem.”
Despite his corruption charges, and the loss of his power-wielding spot as Assembly speaker, many members of the group say they are happy to have the task force, and Silver, back dealing with school overcrowding.
“He’s been such an advocate for us. He’s been our voice, and the task force has been wildly successful,” said Paul Hovitz, a longtime member of the task force and the co-chairman of CB1’s youth and education committee.
“He would be remiss to not carry this on, regardless of his legal situation.”
Several members said they think it’s “great” that Silver is still pushing ahead with the task force, even if he doesn’t hold the same powerful position he once did.
“He’s still our assemblyman, and he still cares,” said Eric Greenleaf, a Downtown parent and member of the group since its start.”