Fri May 17, 2013
Assemblyman Vito Lopez Is Resigning
(AP) New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he'll go ahead with a planned vote to expel Assemblyman Vito Lopez from office despite Lopez's announcement that he's resigning at the end of the legislative session.
Lopez says Friday he'll resign June 20 not because of a sexual harassment scandal, but to run for New York City Council. Lopez says he's gratified two investigations of his behavior found no basis to charge him with a crime.
But Silver says the scathing reports by a special prosecutor and the state's ethics board revealed enough to force Lopez from office immediately.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said Lopez, a fellow Democrat, should resign or be expelled.
Silver hopes to have an expulsion resolution before the Assembly on Monday.