NY Assemblyman Vito Lopez to Resign Amid Sex Harass Scandal

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    Democratic State Assemblyman Vito Lopez says he will resign amid a sexual harassment scandal and run for New York City council.

    Lopez says he'll step down June 20.

    RAW: Vito Lopez Makes First Public Comments Since Harassment Allegations

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    Embattled state assemblyman Vito Lopez makes his first public comments since allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, appearing at a fundraiser as part of a possible bid for City Council. He told reporters, "If anything I've become the insurgent, independent candidate in this race." (Published Thursday, Apr 18, 2013)

    Lopez has been under growing pressure after it was revealed the state secretly paid women $103,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against the one-time Brooklyn power broker.

    Two blistering reports this week, from a special prosecutor and the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics, painted an ugly picture of unwanted comments and contact from the 71-year-old assemblyman.

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    On Monday, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he asked the embattled politician to resign. Andrew Siff reports. (Published Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012)

    He does not face any criminal charges.

    On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Lopez should resign or be expelled from the Assembly. Late Thursday night, powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he would push to throw him out of the legislature.

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    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. (Published Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012)

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