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Vito Lopez
This Jan. 14, 2013 photo, Assemblyman Vito Lopez sits during a session at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. A New York prosecutor decided Wednesday, May 15, 2013, that Lopez's behavior toward women on his staff was "alarming" rather than criminal harassment, but lambasted Albany leaders as too interested in protecting themselves and said their secretive, back-door behavior encouraged his inappropriate conduct. Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said his office did more than 50 interviews but t

Lopez to Resign



ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York assemblyman accused of sexually harassing young female staffers for years says he will resign before he's expelled from the Legislature.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez informed leaders on Saturday he will resign effective Monday morning.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had planned a rare expulsion proceeding against Lopez beginning Monday.

Lopez was once a powerful Brooklyn Democratic leader and has been in the Assembly's Democratic majority since 1984.

Two reports released last week detailed lurid accusations of sexual harassment of several women on his staff, but neither report found proof of a crime.

Silver was trying to expel Lopez on the basis of apparently violating Assembly policies against sexual harassment and retaliation.

The state ethics board has also accused Lopez civil violations of the Public Officer's Law.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Democratic New York City 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.

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.

He does not face any criminal charges.

The ethics report claimed Lopez subjected young female staffers to inappropriate touching and comments about their bodies. It claims they also were forced to write letters to him about how much they loved their jobs.


 

 


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