Skip To Content

Judy Rapfogel, Sheldon Silver’s Ex-Chief of Staff, Lands Job With Jared Kushner’s Company

The former chief of staff of disgraced New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver has a new job at Jared Kushner’s firm, the Daily News reported this morning.

Judy Rapfogel has had close relationships with two New York power brokers who took spectacular falls in recent years. Her longtime boss, Silver, was convicted of federal corruption charges earlier this year and sentenced to over a decade in prison. And her husband, William Rapfogel, served time in state prison for stealing $9 million from the Jewish charity he ran, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

Judy Rapfogel was not accused of being connected to either of the men’s crimes. She retired from her State Assembly job with a $115,000 annual pension, according to the Daily News.

The Daily News revealed this morning that, since April, Rapfogel has worked as a property manager at the Kushner Companies, the massive real estate firm owned by Jared Kushner, the businessman son-in-law of president elect Donald Trump.

Judy Rapfogel’s son, Michael Rapfogel, works for Forest City Ratner, another large development firm with properties in New York City.

Contact Josh Nathan-Kazis at [email protected]

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.