This Week in Politics: Cuomo Hammers GOP as Lopez Probe Continues

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On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch the region.

Special Prosecutor’s Probe Widens from Lopez Harassment to Silver Payout

A state judge on Friday opened up the scope of the investigation into the sexual harassment allegations leveled against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, including the payout settlement approved by Speaker Sheldon Silver. The order will allow the special prosecutor in the case, Republican Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, to look at multiple charges of sexual misconduct against Lopez, as well as whether the $103,000 in public funds and other money used to settle previous allegations violated election, penal or other laws.

Assembly Speaker Silver Says He Told Lopez to Resign

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asked for the resignation of a Brooklyn assemblyman accused of sexually harassing female staffers, a scandal that ensnared Silver when he brokered a secret settlement with the women using public money.

During Charlotte Fly By, Cuomo Offers Blunt Criticism of GOP

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his most blunt criticism of President Barack Obama’s Republican opponents yet — calling this a “gut-check election” with “stark choices.” The governor spoke to New York delegates for about 20 minutes at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, criticizing GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan – taking the Wisconsin Congressmen to task over his controversial budget plan that would overhaul Medicare and other social services.