Ethics Commission Slaps Vito Lopez With $330,000 FineA state legislative commission on Tuesday levied a fine of $330,000 against a once-powerful assemblyman accused of groping, intimidating and manipulating young female staffers in a 2012 scandal that is still shaking the Assembly.
Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez Says He'll Resign, Seek City Council Seat Scandal-plagued Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez is stepping down from his seat next month, but Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says Lopez shouldn't spend even another day in office.
Embattled Assemblyman Lopez Escapes Charges, But Report Could Lead To ExpulsionWhile Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan found no criminal culpability, a report released by a state ethics panel found Assemblyman Vito Lopez violated the public trust.
Assemblyman Vito Lopez Announces He Is In 'Deteriorating Health'He released a one-paragraph statement announcing his second pneumonia diagnosis in nine months. He says he's "extremely fatigued'' with limited mobility.
Assemblyman Vito Lopez Expresses Contempt For 'Politically Motivated' Allegations The powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly says he did not cover up a sex harassment case. After a week of silence, Sheldon Silver spoke out Tuesday. This as a state ethics watchdog appears to be starting up an investigation.
Brooklyn DA Wants Special Prosecutor To Investigate Sex Harassment Claims Against Assemblyman Vito LopezHynes wants the special prosecutor to avoid any appearance of impropriety, since his re-election bids have been backed by a group Lopez heads.
Critics Blast Democrats For Remaining Silent Amidst Albany Cover-Up Scandal Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under fire for approving a secret payout of tax money to settle a sex harassment claim against his ally Assemblyman Vito Lopez and failing to follow protocol by referring the claim to the Ethics Committee.
Queens Democrat Shirley Huntley Calls Press Conference, Expects To Be ArrestedHuntley said that she expects to be arrested on Monday in the state's continuing investigation into the use of pork-barrel grants by legislators.