NY Ethics Board Approves Undisclosed Probe

The board wouldn't say who it is investigating

By Michael Gormley
|  Monday, Sep 10, 2012  |  Updated 2:30 PM EDT
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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 ethics board says it has approved an investigation but refuses to say who it is investigating.

After a 90-minute closed-door session where some members sought more public comment and accountability for their actions, the board came back into public session and says it has unanimously decided to proceed with an investigation.

Commissioner Mary Lou Rath, a former Republican state senator, said in the board's morning session that she would start disclosing and explaining her vote the way it's done at most government boards.

After the private meeting, though, she says she was reminded that she can't comment on her actions under law.

Earlier, the secretive ethics board made it clear that members last week did not vote to block an investigation of an Assembly sexual-harassment scandal or the secret, taxpayer-funded settlement of accusations.

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