Silver on Lynch: Call the A.G.

I asked Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver about news that Patricia Lynch, once one of his top aides, has been subpoenaed in connection with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s probe of the state pension fund system, and about whether that might affect the way his conference goes about its business.

“Let’s be clear,” Silver said after an event at the South Street Seaport announcing free bike rentals downtown. “Ms. Lynch left my employ in 2000. Nine years ago. So I think there’s a statute of limitations. I have not spoken to her about this or any of the other events, so I have no idea except for what I read in one of the daily newspapers today.”

In her biography on the firm’s web site, Lynch refers to her former association with Silver. I asked him if the association might affect him or his conference.

“I don’t believe so, sir,” he said. “But you’ll have to speak with the attorney general if you want the scope of what he’s investigating. I have no idea. I have no knowledge and no communication. Thank you. Anything else?”