Like quick-Silver: G’point pol exits Assembly speaker race

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol has pulled out of the race to replace Sheldon Silver as speaker of the Assembly just a few days after he threw his hat in the ring.

Lentol (D-Greenpoint) said on Thursday afternoon that he is pulling out of the race because he does not believe he has the necessary support from his fellow Assembly members.

“I look forward to refocusing my attention on the important budgetary and legislative issues that face our state,” said Lentol. “I believe in the democratic process. I know our house will move forward in a positive way.”

In announcing his withdrawal, he said he plans to put his support behind Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie.

Lentol and Heastie were two of several Assembly members who stepped up to run for the speaker post. Others include Catherine Nolan of Queens, Joseph Morell, and Keith Wright.

Entering his 22nd term, and his 43rd year in the seat previously held by his father and grandfather, Lentol is the longest-serving Assembly member and was considered a frontrunner in the race to replace the embattled speaker.

Federal agents arrested Silver, a Manhattanite who has held the speaker seat since 1994, on Thursday morning on charges he took $6 million in bribes and kickbacks dating back to 2000. More than $4 million of that amount prosecutors say were directly shady payments, and the other $1.4 million they say was a salary he drew from a personal-injury law firm for apparently doing no work other than exercising his political clout. Silver announced on Tuesday that he would resign from the speaker post but remain in office.

The Brooklyn Democratic Party is set to back Heastie, the New York Post reported on Thursday evening. Earlier in the day, Lentol had declared he had the backing of the Brooklyn delegation to the Assembly, falsely, according to Capital New York.

A vote for the speaker seat is set for Feb. 10.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Epiphany from Ex-Brooklyn says:
How about Velmanette Montgomery?

Except that she seems to love to spend taxpayer money on personal expenses more than any other assembly person :

"Velmanette Montgomery racked up more per-diem expenses than any other New York state senator over a 3 1/2-year period, records show.Montgomery billed the state 26 times — including $1,250.85 for a seven-day stint in Albany from March 24-30 of last year, records show. “I’m not talking to you about that. Bye,” Montgomery said when asked for comment. "

---NY Post. January 30, 2013

And also that she is on the list of politicians named in a possible federal corruption investigation:

Brooklyn voters seem to like self-serving, suspect politicians. They keep voting them in. I guess they like it like that. No wonder the State Assembly is not considering any of them for leader.
Jan. 29, 2015, 6:56 pm
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
Correction Epiphanny: It's not only Brooklyn voters, it's NY voters period. But that's what happens when you tow the party line. Anyways the speaker post will be a temp one until they push Quinn into the assembly.
Jan. 30, 2015, 8:15 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
Silver could be in his grave and the pols would fear him as though he would come back a zombie.
C'mon man! We need someone from the BK to step it up.
Jan. 30, 2015, 8:43 am
Quake says:
Whose house? Epiphany, I think it is impossible for a state senator to become the assembly speaker. Kinda like, an assembly member cannot become the president pro tem of the state senate. When are schools bringing back civics classes?
Jan. 30, 2015, 1:14 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: