Thursday, January 22, 2015


Ironically, just a day after Silver shared the stage with Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address, as Cuomo joked that he, Silver and the Senate majority leader were the "three amigos" of state government, Sheldon Silver is arrested by the FBI.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his intentions to visit Mexico accompanied with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The Governor made this pronouncement with great fanfare and excitement, using a giant screen to show the three of them wearing Mexican hats with the caption: The 3 Amigos

When Rev-Sen Ruben Diaz gestured drawing the Governor's attention, Governor Andrew Cuomo responded by saying: These 3 Amigos are different than previous ones.

Implying that there was something wrong with the previous amigos. The Amigos reference might have been a swipe at Rev. Sen. Ruben Diaz who had put together a group called the 4 Amigos in 2010. From that group 3 of the 4 four wound up with serious legal problems and are no longer serving.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo himself is presently under federal  investigation and has retained criminal counsel.

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The original Four Amigos, Senators Ruben Diaz, Efrain Monserrate, Pedro Espada and Carl Kruger. Only senator Diaz remains unscathed.

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