As part of a regular weekly feature on the Politics Now blog, Tom Precious of The News' Albany Bureau posts an audio interview with a newsmaker from the Capitol.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver talks about legislative and congressional redistricting and his plan to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour. The Legislature -- more precisely, the GOP-led Senate and the Democrat-controlled Assembly -- last week unveiled plans for how state legislative seats would be drawn for the next decade. Still unresolved, though, are the twists and turns the state's congressional boundaries will take -- a rather burning issue with New York losing two congressional seats and after a federal judge ordered congressional primaries be moved from September to June. Silver, who will be in Buffalo today for an Assembly Democratic campaign committee fundraiser and, as a diehard New York Rangers fan, to attend tonight's Sabres-Rangers game, spoke to The Buffalo News in his Capitol office.