If the New York Rangers are in town, it usually means Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is too.
The Manhattan Democrat, an ardent Rangers fan, for years has scheduled a winter fundraiser for his Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee when his favorite team visits for a game against the Buffalo Sabres. It's no different this year, with an event slated for a private box at First Niagara Center during Thursday's contest pitting the Sabres against the visiting Rangers.
And with tickets set at $500 and $1,000, it's a sure bet the speaker won't be totally disappointed if the Sabres pull off a victory.
--Robert J. McCarthy