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In January, 1971, Mr. Silver was appointed Law secretary to Civil Court Judge Francis N. Pecora, a position he held until 1976, when he entered the practice of law in Manhattan. In 1985, Assemblyman Silver was named as Chairman of the Assembly Election Law Committee. As Chairman, he was the sponsor of laws which prohibit the conversion of political campaign funds to personal use, provide for the use of electronic voting machines in New York's elections and simplify the voter registration process. In 1975, he was nominated for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Award on of the "Ten Outstanding Young Men in America." In 1978, he was awarded the United Jewish Appeal Citation, "Man of the Year" for his efforts on behalf of all humanitarian causes, and in 1982 was awarded the "Distinguished Public Service Award" by the Federal Jewish Philanthropies. In 1987 Assemblyman Silver was named the Chairman of the Assembly Committee of Codes. The Codes Committee is responsible for all bills which impose or change a criminal penalty, or amend the Penal Law, Criminal Procedure Law or selected articles of the Civil Practice Law and Rules. Since his appointment as Chairman, Assemblyman Silver has sponsored several important pieces of codes legislation, including increasing the penalities for possession of crack, recognizing the potency of the concentrated cocaine derivative. Previous legislation assigned penalties according to aggregate weight of the drug inpossission, while the new legislationprovides for prison sentences for as little as 6 to 8 vials of crack, creating the crime of money laundry, expansion of the asset forfeiture law and requiring the conclusion of drug treatment annexes in any new prision expansion effort. Another Silver-sponsored program, Coordinated Omnibus Municipally-Based Anti-Drug Teams (Combat), funds, grass-roots anti-drug efforts run cooperatively betweenlocal police, neighborhood groups, and community leaders. In January of 1992 he was named chair of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, which oversees all bills with a fiscal pact, including the State Budget.
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