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  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is vowing to "take all appropriate action" to compel a former state lawmaker to pay a large penalty for allegedly groping and intimidating female staff members. 

The promise from a Schneiderman spokesman came after a state Supreme Court justice on Monday ruled in favor Schneiderman and dismissed former Assemblyman Vito Lopez's claims that he was denied due process.

NY Ethics Board Set To Accept Member Resignation

Jul 30, 2013

The New York State ethics board is set to accept the resignation of a commissioner appointed by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who recently was criticized in a board report about sexual harassment.

Patrick J. Bulgero's resignation will be effective today. He gave no reason for resigning from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics after serving during its rocky two-year start.

Silver Appears Likely To Survive Latest Scandal

May 21, 2013
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One day after New York’s powerful Assembly Speaker admitted “glaring failures” in his handling of a sexual abuse case, the Albany establishment seemed to be moving on, with the usual round of press conferences, bill passage, and leaders meetings.


 

NY Speaker Issues Apologizes For Sex Harass Case

May 21, 2013
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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has issued an apology for his handling of a sexual harassment case that spanned years involving at least four women staffers before it was detected.

Silver specifically apologized for the $103,000 secret settlement he crafted last summer to end the first accusations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez and for failing to stop subsequent incidents claimed by more women staffers.

"That I allowed this system to be bypassed in the first instance, even though I believed we were acting in good faith, was a failure on my part," said Silver.

NY Pol Accused Of Serial Sex Harassment To Resign

May 20, 2013

A New York assemblyman accused of sexually harassing young female staffers for years says he will resign before he's expelled from the Legislature.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez informed leaders on Saturday he will resign effective this morning.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had planned a rare expulsion proceeding against Lopez beginning today.

Lopez was once a powerful Brooklyn Democratic leader and has been in the Assembly's Democratic majority since 1984.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York assemblyman accused of sexually harassing young female staffers for years says he will resign before he's expelled from the Legislature.

Faced with the possibility of being expelled from the state legislature as soon as next week, State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, a Democrat from Brooklyn, today said he would resign on June 20th at the end of the legislative session and run for a seat on the New York City Council. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic New York City Assemblyman Vito Lopez says he will resign amid a sexual harassment scandal and run for New York City council.

Lopez says he'll step down June 20.

Lopez has been under growing pressure after it was revealed the state secretly paid women $103,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against the one-time Brooklyn power broker.

NY Assembly Speaker To Propose Lopez Removal

May 17, 2013
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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is proposing that state lawmakers expel Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who is accused of sexual harassment.

Silver is also asking the Assembly to consider the full investigative report, which was critical of Silver's handling of the Lopez case. He says he'll introduce legislation today, which would be acted on Monday.

New York’s Legislative Ethics Commission released a report Wednesday from the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics. The report focuses on sexual harassment allegations against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez and details a number of charges.

Democrat Didi Barrett represents the 106th Assembly District, which includes portions of Columbia and Dutchess Counties.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has renewed his call for Lopez to resign. Barrett, who has long advocated for women and girls, has other concerns.

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