The husband of a top aid to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been fired from his job at a major New York City not-for-profit, and is under criminal investigation by the State Attorney General.
The state's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has confirmed that his office has launched a criminal probe of William Rapfogel, CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, one of New York City’s largest human services agencies.
In a statement, Schneiderman said “This matter is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation conducted in conjunction with the Office of the Comptroller as part of Operation Integrity."
A statement from the Met Council says in part that the group “recently became aware of specific information regarding financial irregularities and apparent misconduct," and has fired Rapfogel, who is the husband of Speaker Silver’s top aid Judy Rapfogel. She is not implicated in any wrongdoing.
The probe comes amidst ongoing scrutiny of the Speaker and his aides, after two sexual harassment scandals involving Assembly members became public. Silver has already let go one of his top counsels and apologized for keeping secret a $100,000 settlement with two of the alleged victims in the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.
According to the state Comptroller’s office, the Met Council currently holds nearly two dozen state contracts.