Brooklyn Assemblyman Returns After Sexual Harassment Case

Monday, Jan 14, 2013  |  Updated 7:00 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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An influential state assemblyman from Brooklyn, who lost his committee chairmanship and seniority last year after an ethics committee found he violated the chamber's sexual harassment policy, says he's not leaving the Legislature, though he's not sure how long he's staying.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez says he's almost 72 and has health issues, but he doesn't want to walk away from the people he represents.

He says the harassment allegations are untrue. The Democrat was elected last fall with 90 percent of the vote.

The Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance found he created a hostile workplace, including verbal and physical sexual abuse of two ex-female staffers.
 

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