Ex-Bloomberg Aide Helping Silver With Lopez Sex Harass Scandal

Stu Loeser said in a statement he was helping "my friend, neighbor and assemblyman"

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012  |  Updated 7:31 AM 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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The former press secretary to Mayor Bloomberg has been hired to assist Speaker Sheldon Silver to navigate a sexual harassment case in the New York State Assembly.

Stu Loeser said in a statement he was helping "my friend, neighbor and assemblyman."

Silver's spokesman told The New York Times Loeser would be helping with strategic issues" and working closely with Silver's main political consultant, Jonathan Rosen.

Loeser served in the Bloomberg administration for six years. Since stepping down last month, he has launched his own media consulting and strategy business.

The sexual harassment scandal stems from allegations brought by four women who worked for Assemblyman Vito Lopez. He's denied the allegations.

The investigation includes a secret deal using public money approved by Silver to settle two claims against Lopez.

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