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The Brian Lehrer Show

State's Role in Silver/Lopez Scandal

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dick Dadey, President of Citizens Union, discusses his criticism of the way the Vito Lopez sexual harassment allegations were handled.

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WNYC News

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

Saturday, September 08, 2012

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.

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WNYC News

Timeline | Vito Lopez Scandal

Friday, September 07, 2012

The sexual harassment scandal surrounding Assemblyman Vito Lopez continues to grow, engulfing Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and spawning a special investigation. Take a look at a timeline of how the scandal evolved.

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

Friday, September 07, 2012

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.

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WNYC News

State Ethics Commission Seeks Records Linked to Vito

Thursday, September 06, 2012

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.

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WNYC News

The Shortlist to Become Brooklyn’s Next Democratic King-Maker

Thursday, September 06, 2012

On September 19, Brooklyn Democratic leaders will trek out to the beautiful, if distant, seaside campus of Kingsborough Community College to choose their next chair person. Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who has been the head of the county organization since 2005, is not seeking re-election after being censured in the Assembly over multiple sexual harassment charges.

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GOP's Long: Gillibrand Not Standing Up for Women

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Republican Senate challenger Wendy Long says that if Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is truly an advocate for women, she'd support the removal of the Democratic leader of the state Assembly.

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WNYC News

Lopez Completes Sexual Harassment Training A Day Before Being Censured

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Assemblyman Vito Lopez was stripped of his seniority and censured over sexual harassment claims a day after he completed mandated harassment training as part of a separate claim against him, an official confirmed to WNYC.

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WNYC News

County Party Chair Remains Powerful, If Poorly Understood, Position

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The resignation of Vito Lopez as head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party means that, in a few weeks, Brooklyn Democrats will get a new party chairman. What, exactly, that means and why it’s important can be difficult to understand for those not deeply steeped in the arcane world of intra-party politics.

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NY Ethics Board Emerges from Meeting with No Comment on Lopez

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The state's ethics panel emerged from a two-hour, closed-door meeting on Tuesday without commenting on whether it will investigate a sexual harassment scandal in the Assembly.

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DNC Dispatch: NY Delegation Awash in Albany Intrigue

Monday, September 03, 2012

As New York's Democratic delegates and party leaders settle in for a week of party celebration in Charlotte, the group is operating against a backdrop of distress as the sexual harassment scandal involving Assemblyman Vito Lopez grew to include Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is hosting the delegation this week.

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WNYC News

Assembly Speaker Silver Says He Told Lopez to Resign

Monday, September 03, 2012

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Monday that he has 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.

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WNYC News

Lopez Follows in Tradition of Ousted Kings County Pols

Friday, August 31, 2012

Brooklyn Democrats are slated to gather in September to choose a successor to their current chairman, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who’s vowing to keep his seat despite accusations he sexually harassed female employees. Lopez  is the latest in a series of fallen party leaders in Brooklyn.

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WNYC News

Most Assemblywomen Silent in Wake of Albany Harassment Scandal

Friday, August 31, 2012

As the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Assemblyman Vito Lopez continues to grow, there has been little public discussion coming from the Assembly itself, especially its female members.

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Scrutiny Over Harassment Payout Shifts to State Offices

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The role the offices of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli played in a settlement payout has become the focus of attention as fall out continues from Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.  In June, Speaker Sheldon Silver approved a $103,080 settlement to two women who claimed Lopez sexually harassed them.

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Former Vito Lopez Staffers Describe Hostile Work Environment

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More women are coming forward to detail what they say was a hostile work environment in the office Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez who is in the heart of a sexual harassment scandal.

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WNYC News

Silver Says He'd Welcome Investigation Into Harassment Payoff

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In a rare about face, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Tuesday that he was wrong to handle a $103,000 settlement in a sexual harassment case against Assemblyman Vito Lopez outside the ethics committee system and would welcome an independent investigation into the matter.

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WNYC News

As Questions of a Silver Payoff Arise, Embattled Lopez Gives Up County Chair Bid

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Controversy continues to swirl around embattled Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and has now enveloped the Assembly’s top Democrat.  As Lopez announced Tuesday that he would not seek reelection as the head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, questions were raised over how a six-figure payout from Speaker Sheldon Silver was made to settle a previous harassment charge against Lopez — a decision Silver said late Tuesday was “wrong.”

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WNYC News

Controversy Swirls Around A Defiant Vito Lopez

Monday, August 27, 2012

The question may be not if Assemblyman Vito Lopez cedes power, but when, political observers and members of the Assembly tell WNYC.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Assemblyman Loses Post in Sex Harassment Case

Friday, August 24, 2012

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.

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