The Power of Sheldon Silver

Although Michael Bloomberg and Eliot Spitzer support congestion pricing, the plan won’t go anywhere without the support of the one guy who has a pivotal role in New York City policy: Sheldon Silver.

I’ve got a story in this week’s paper about him (it seems to be going around) and his undiminishing might.

Former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern told me, “People thought he would be eclipsed when there was a Democratic Governor,” but that “he’s more assertive than ever.”

Also, from former Bloomberg director of communications Bill Cunningham, this: “The enigma thing—whatever the degree of truth in it—it certainly enhances Silver’s ability to negotiate, because it keeps everyone else guessing.”