New York, NY —
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been in office since 1976 and speaker of the Assembly since 1994. He's considered one of Albany's powerful "three men in a room" that determine the fate of legislation, member items, and how the state is run. Some have argued that with his staying power that he's taken the mantle as the most powerful man in the state. But for the first time in 22 years, Silver, who's up for reelection this year, is being challenged by not one, but two Democratic opponents for his Lower East Side 64th District seat. Here with a brief preview of the Sept. 9 primary is WNYC's Elaine Rivera.