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

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Assemblyman Vito Lopez Assemblyman Vito Lopez (Azi Paybarah)

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.

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Comments [2]

Christian from StPetersburg, NY

Lightningstorm is partially correct. NYS legislator S.Silver should have been well charged in the --Press-- with the --Appearances-- of ongoing governing corruption and with widening corrupt practices... Again, obtaining HUSH money from the Comptroller himself, and with seeking LEGAL advice from the Attorney General, and his Office, too, and with "help" in composing the WRITTEN agreement(contract) that was intended to free sexual harasser and fellow legislator V.Lopez-from any exposure from --Public-- sexual harassment charges, as by intending to bury the victim(s)complaint(s)and under LAWFUL constraint(s) is all very clear.

What isn't, is attempting to excuse himself for any of it and that ludicrousness. Too many, keep forgetting and since it began, the NYS legislature as a class is perennially the largest executioner of statewide corruptions....

Oct. 22 2012 08:23 PM

Sheldon Silver should be forced from office. He is only feigning contrition because he is caught. Please good government groups, do not roll over on this one or you stand for nothing.

Sep. 14 2012 11:13 PM

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