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Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez announced today he will resign in June, but not because of claims he sexually harassed female staffers. Instead, Lopez said he will leave Albany to focus on his campaign for City Council.
His announcement comes as the State Assembly is beginning proceedings to expel the 71-year-old lawmaker. The State secretly paid two women $103,000 to settle the sexual harassment claims. But a special prosecutor ruled this week that Lopez shouldn't face criminal charges for subjecting the women to inappropriate touching and comments.
Governor Cuomo said today, "Vito Lopez should not spend another day in office, let alone a whole month." Do you agree? Should Vito Lopez stay in office until June or resign immediately? Do you support the effort in Albany to expel him from office? Would you vote for him again? What does this case tell you about the culture of politics in Albany?
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BOTH THIS LOPEZ AND SILVER NEED TO LEAVE NOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
BOTH SHOULD GO TO JAIL AND THEY NEED TO RETURN OUR MONEY=WE HAVE
PAID TAXES IN THIS STATE AND KEEP ON PAYING AND PAYING AND NONE OF
US KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL OF THIS MONEY = THAT GOES FOR UP=STATE
AND DOWN-STATE=THEY ALL HAVE CARTE BLANCHE AND WE CAN'T ASK A
QUESTION ABOUT WHERE ALL OF THIS MONEY GOES=ENOUGH OF ALL THESE
THIS CUOMO IS ALWAYS BRAGGING ABOUT LAYING DOWN THE LAW=
I THINK HE'S EATING TO MUCH LASAGNA WITH THE COTTAGE CHEESE!!!
Thank you John,
Many of our elected leaders have betrayed the trust that we had placed in them. Some have been caught and many have not. Lopez should not spend another day in office and DA Donovan should be ashamed of himself. Lopez, Silver, and Smith are an embarrassment to NYS. The time of patronage and pandering must come to an end. Once Bloomberg leaves it might.
This man should resign immediately or be expelled from office, and if he runs in an election for city council he should get one vote, his.
Throw the bum out and prosecute him for his wrongdoing.
Henceforth, subject all politicians to a background check.
Who's seat would he take?
Dianna Rienna's he better not.
If he is being asked to resign because he is unfit- how can he possibly qualify to run FOR ANY OFFICE?
The mayor needs to wake up- Mr. Silver is complicit in this scandal &should also resign for all of the hush hush settlement money paid to victims- my money and yours...if it was not a crime there would have been no payout.
Stop his pension he is a criminal.
The filthy letch needs to register as a sex offender.
I think that Vito Lopez SHOULD NOT resign.....!!! Why should he? ....If anyone should go it should be Sheldon Silver and Charles Rangel..... Vito Lopez is being unfairly attacked because he does more for those he represents....where as Charles Rangel does NOT.....!! ....Sheldon Silver is another crook.......Who's to say that Vito Lopez's ' accuser ' is a liar....Vito Lopez cares for the poor,,,,that's HIS only crime....!!!
This guy shouldn't be able to resign. He should be thrown out and shouldn't be entitled to a dollar of tax payer funded pensions
Vito Lopez is resigning so he can run for City Council? This only tells me that after being a legislator for so long, that he can't do any job outside of feeding off the public trough. No one should be an elected politician for as long as he has.
I have known Vito Lopez to be a compassionate leader for the less fortunate; an advocate for the minority. He has funded many programs to aide educational, social and financial growth in low income communities. He should resign on his own term. Thank you Vito though many may disagree, for helping the less fortunate by providing low income homes, GED programs, Upcoming schools, Meals on wheels for the elderly, and Senior Citizen homes.
Regardless of the allegations against Vito Lopez he has the right to run for any seat as well as finish this term with out being threatened with explosion. I for one would vote for him know him personally and never would say he'd ever inappropriately speak or touch me.
As Annette from Williamsburg said, this is nothing more than, a setup. They are setting him up to replace him with someone who will do their bidding.He should be allowed to finish up his term and then run for councilman.
All those that are saying that he should go, don't have a problem with Anthony Weiner running for mayor, right?
They doing nothing more, than scapegoating him. If there's anyone that should go, it should be Sheldon Silver. What has Sheldon Silver done!?
Nothing, except hold up the commuter and keep the fare over $2.00 dollars!