New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is taking a leave of absence from his law firm as he fights federal corruption charges.
New York City-based Weitz & Luxenberg announced the separation Wednesday. President Perry Weitz says the firm was "shocked" to learn about the accusations against Silver.
The 70-year-old Manhattan Democrat faces charges that he took nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks. Some of the charges relate to allegations that Silver collected money for securing state grants for a doctor who then referred cases to the firm.