Shel Silver Close to Being "Bum" by Himself

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    Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch attends the celebration of his 85th Birthday at the Bryan Cave LLP Celebration at the St. Regis Hotel on November 18, 2009 in New York City.

    Ed Koch's message to "throw the bums out" appears to be working.

    A majority of sitting legislators in Albany have now signed the reform pledge sponsored by Ed Koch's PAC NY Uprising.

    NBCNewYork has learned that 50 State Senators have signed as well 75 Assemblymembers. The pledge includes a commitment to support redistricting, ethics and budget reforms.

    However, two key Democratic legislative leaders, Senate Conference Leader John Sampson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, have refused to sign Koch’s pledge thus far -- leaving them out of step with the majority of their members.

    In the coming days, Koch’s PAC will launch web ads in certain races encouraging voters to throw those who they have dubbed "enemies of reform” out of office.