Probe Into Ethics Board Press Leaks Expected

Several commissioners complained during this week's meeting about what they said were leaks of inaccurate information about their votes and discussions behind closed doors

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012  |  Updated 1:34 PM EDT
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Vito Lopez Quits Dem Party Post Amid Harass Case

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NY Ethics Board Meets Privately Amid Vito Lopez Sex Harassment Scandal

On Monday, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he asked the embattled politician to resign. Andrew Siff reports.

Vito Lopez Quits Dem Party Post Amid Harass Case

But the 71-year-old says he'll continue to serve in the Assembly seat he's held for 28 years, a post that pays a salary as well as his pension. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reportedly signed off on a secret payment to settle a harassment charge. News 4's Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst reports.
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New York's inspector general is expected to investigate what are being called leaks of inside information to reporters from the state ethics board.

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics is investigating sexual harassment in the Assembly, including allegations against a Democrat and a $103,000 settlement using public money.

Several commissioners complained during this week's meeting about what they said were leaks of inaccurate information about their votes and discussions behind closed doors the week before.

Under the law that created the commission, such claims would immediately be referred to the inspector general. That office wouldn't comment Thursday.

Some recent press reports were about the commission's decision to investigate the Assembly case and to issue subpoenas.

The commission's spokesman has declined to comment on the information attributed to unnamed officials.

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