Behind the Throne: Judy Rapfogel, Chief of Staff for New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, during a New York Women’s Equality Coalition rally at the Capitol in Albany, New York Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

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.

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Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.

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