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New York - Powerful Assemblyman Vito Lopez Loses Post In Sex Harassment Case

Published on: August 24, 2012 01:48 PM
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New York -  An influential state assemblyman from Brooklyn has lost his committee chairmanship and seniority after the Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance found he violated the chamber’s sexual harassment policy.

The bipartisan panel’s unanimous finding says Assemblyman Vito Lopez created a hostile workplace, including verbal and physical sexual abuse, and found his response to the allegations “not credible.” Allegations include attempting to grope and kiss a staff member.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he accepted the findings and is removing Lopez as chairman of the Committee on Housing, banning him from any other leadership positions, reducing his staff allocation to freshman levels, requiring him to get supplemental sexual harassment training and prohibiting him from employing any staff under age 21 or interns.

A call to Lopez was not immediately returned.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez has been punished by Speaker Sheldon Silver for sexually harassing staff.

Read below the letter:

Vito Lopez Letter 8-24-12 

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM Tzvi_Hersh Says:

Who's going to take over Brooklyn now?

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 02:12 PM lenared Says:

and let the coments begin...

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 02:14 PM A Says:

What a complete idiot. Just in time for voting season when Republicans are trying every way they can to take seats away from Democrats this perverted moron goes and hands them a scandal on a silver platter.
Vito Lopez, I sure do wish you'd resign.
What is wrong with politicians? Can't we get some decent moral people in office? (including Republicans because they've got the same embarrassing scandals)

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 02:22 PM וויליאמסבורער Says:

Time to get rid of this skunk, סוף גנב לתליה.

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 02:30 PM mark mayer appel voice of justice Says:

it is about time that we retire vito lopez from politics.vito was the bully who fronted for the catholic and agudah groups to fight against the child victims act (markey bill) to
protect our children from abuse.we need new leadership in kings county who will be fair, honest and bring back our trust and faith in our leadership

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM Isaac60 Says:

"Based on the allegations and charges against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, isn't shocking at all, based on all the investigations that he has gotten away with in the past, VITO should have been VETO-D 10 years ago".

Said Isaac Abraham, a Williamsburg community leader.

"Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver's heroic act in removing Vito from all leadership positions as well as chairman of the Assembly Housing Committee, was long in the coming, Vito Lopez is the most corrupt elected official ever in Albany, there is an empty cell next to former Brooklyn Democratic Leader Clearance Norman"

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Kain Yoved Kol Ovey Hasham

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM Anonymous Says:

The trio in Willamsburg that are your best buddies are the same scum as you

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 03:50 PM yaakov doe Says:

This is nothing compared to the fiscal issues that are under investigation. In politics power corrupts.

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM mendel_L Says:

why are the Satmar Zalmans aligned with him, for their own good they should reassess their relationship with a sinking politician sitting on a time bomb

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
mendel_L Says:

why are the Satmar Zalmans aligned with him, for their own good they should reassess their relationship with a sinking politician sitting on a time bomb

Because he uses his influence/bullies to deliver to them what is not rightfully theirs

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