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Ex-Silver top aide Rapfogel no longer working for Kushner

The following is an expanded version of the second item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:

Judy Rapfogel, who was the long-time chief of staff for disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is no longer working for President Trump’s son-in-law’s company, sources say.

Rapfogel in April 2016 went to work as a property manager for Kushner Companies, a real estate organization headed by Jared Kushner, a top Trump adviser who is married to the President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump.

It’s not clear what Rapfogel is now doing, but she is no doubt helped by her annual $ 115,889 state pension.

Rapfogel could not be reached for comment.

A Kushner Companies spokesman asked about Rapfogel’s departure said that “as a matter of policy we don’t generally comment on personnel matters.”

Kushner Companies was founded by Charles Kushner, who spent 14 months in federal prison after being convicted in 2005 of tax evasion and election fraud.

Once among the state’s highest-paid workers, Rapfogel was out of a job after Silver was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2015. He was sentenced to 12 years before his conviction was overturned on appeal in July. Federal prosecutors say they plan to retry him.

Rapfogel’s husband, William Rapfogel, was convicted in 2014 for stealing from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a charity he headed. He was issued a “merit release” in May after serving less than three years in state prison.

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