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Sheldon Silver, Former N.Y. Assembly Speaker, Dies at 77 - The New York Times

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Sheldon Silver, the once-indomitable leader of the New York State Assembly whose career and reputation were undone by a 2015 corruption conviction, died on Monday. He was 77.

Mr. Silver had been incarcerated at Devens Federal Medical Center in Massachusetts, according to Judith Rapfogel, his former chief of staff. The cause and place of death were not immediately clear.

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By Christian Nolan

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It was an honor to have known him.  Bob Ostertag was an indomitable champion of the sole practitioner /small firm lawyer.

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Ostertag Robert

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) today is saddened by the loss of longtime Poughkeepsie attorney Robert L. Ostertag, who served as its president from 1991-1992.

"Bob Ostertag was a tremendous leader of our association for decades," said NYSBA President T. Andrew Brown. "He understood better than anyone how bar associations can serve solo and small-firm lawyers. During his presidency, he created a statewide conference, which developed 100 recommendations to help solo and small firm practitioners in New York. He was also the first chair of our General Practice Section.


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