State Ethics Commission Seeks Records Linked to Vito

The attorney for women who agreed to settlements in a New York Assembly sexual harassment scandal says she has received subpoenas from the state government ethics panel.

Attorney Gloria Allred confirmed the subpoenas from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics and said she is working with the panel to ensure cooperation.  

Earlier Thursday, the Assembly's Democratic majority and the state Comptroller's Office confirmed they received letters from the commission ordering them to secure records related to a June settlement with the women.

JCOPE met on Tuesday and refused to say if it was investigating the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez or a subsequent $103,000 settlement approved by Speaker Sheldon Silver. Under the ethics panel rules, commissioners can neither confirm nor deny that a probe has been launched, and must keep all details of the investigation secret until a final report is issued.

The subpoenas and the letters would indicate some investigation has begun.

Lopez denies he sexually harassed anyone. He says the claims are politically motivated.

With the Associated Press