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The New York state Capitol in Albany (credit: Getty Images)

New York Assembly Pays $205K To Firm For Sexual Harassment Reform, Probes

A spokesman for Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the firm was retained by the Ethics Committee as part of reforms announced in May.

02/25/2014

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Assemblyman Announces Retirement Amid Harassment Allegations

A Buffalo-area Assemblyman accused of sexually harassing female staffers announced Sunday that he’ll retire while continuing to defend himself in court against allegations he calls false.

01/12/2014

New York State Capitol in Albany (file / credit: Steve Scott / WCBS 880)

Harassment Allegations Against Assemblyman Cause Political Ripple

A Brooklyn City Council candidate has called for an investigation into New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), after another scandal involving his opponent was discovered.

07/24/2013

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)/Vito Lopez (credit: CBS 2)

NYS Taxpayers To Cover Cost Of Lawsuits Over Alleged Sexual Harassment

Under New York law, the state defends elected officials who acted in their official capacity.

06/25/2013

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)/Vito Lopez (credit: CBS 2)

GOP Lawmaker Blasts Taxpayer-Funded Defense For Speaker Silver

A taxpayer-funded defense for New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) is not sitting well with one fellow lawmaker.

06/22/2013

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Ethics Commission Slaps Vito Lopez With $330,000 Fine

A 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.

06/11/2013

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)/Vito Lopez (credit: CBS 2)

Vito Lopez Sexual Harassment Accusers File Suit Against Him, Assembly Speaker Silver

The women, who also filed a claim against the Assembly, say they were hired by Assemblyman Vito Lopez last year and were subjected to sexual harassment by him. Just weeks before, Silver had settled claims by two other women against Lopez in a secret deal using $103,000 in public funds.

06/06/2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)/Vito Lopez (file/credit: CBS 2)

Quinn Blasts Vito Lopez For ‘Arrogant,’ ‘Outrageous’ Run For City Council

“As it relates to Vito Lopez, my advice is to cease and desist and do it now. This is not only a fool’s errand, it is an outrage and a complete show of arrogance.”

05/23/2013

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Assemblyman Vito Lopez Resigns A Month Earlier Than Planned

Assemblyman Vito Lopez of Brooklyn announced on Saturday that his resignation from the 53rd Assembly District seat is effective as of 9 a.m. Monday.

05/20/2013

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Assemblyman Lopez Announces Plans To Resign On Monday Morning

The New York assemblyman accused of asking young female staffers to massage him, touch his cancerous tumors and join him in hotel rooms said Saturday he will resign rather than possibly be expelled from the Legislature amid sexual harassment allegations.

05/18/2013

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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.

05/17/2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn speaks out against Vito Lopez, May 16, 2013. (credit: Rich Lamb/WCBS 880)

Quinn Blasts Vito Lopez, Says His Election To City Council Would Be An ‘Outrage’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The speaker of the New York City Council issued a sharp rebuke of a once-powerful state lawmaker who is seeking to become her colleague. As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, a […]

05/16/2013

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Embattled Assemblyman Lopez Escapes Charges, But Report Could Lead To Expulsion

While 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.

05/15/2013

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Embattled NYS Assemblyman Vito Lopez Running For City Council

The 71-year-old Lopez announced in February that his health was deteriorating and that he was extremely fatigued. Still, talk circulated of a possible council run.

04/08/2013

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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.

02/19/2013

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