Friday, August 31, 2012

Sex in The Assembly With Co-Stars Eric Schneiderman & Tom DiNapoli

The Sexual Bully in Albany

New York Times - EDITORIAL

The stories about Assemblyman Vito Lopez groping and demeaning female staff members are flooding out of the back rooms in Albany. Female former employees told The Times this week that Mr. Lopez had asked them not to wear a bra to work. He routinely commented on their clothes — skirts not short enough — and their physique, preferring that they be “well endowed.”
Every day also brings new questions about which officials knew about this behavior and what, if anything, they did to stop it. What justification did Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have for agreeing to give $103,000 in taxpayer money to settle a harassment claim? Did the comptroller and the attorney general approve both the payout and the decision to hide it from the public?

Depending on the outcome of an ethics investigation, Mr. Silver may have to answer questions about his leadership and the other two officials about their duty to provide checks on legislative behavior.
It’s past time for Mr. Lopez to answer questions. He should resign and Mr. Silver should make that clear to him


Lawyer: Silver wrong to blame victims

Albany Times Union - 
Lawyer: Silver wrong to blame victims ... harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez blasted Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Thursday.

Gropez gals in $1.2M squeeze

New York Post - 
Vito Lopez's victims initially demanded $1.2 million from the Assembly to buy their silence — even though one of the two women was never groped or harassed ...

Sex harassment deal with public money dogs Albany

Lake Placid News - 
... taxpayers' money to end the latest sexual harassment claim against an Assemblyman is continuing to build pressure on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Officials Briefed On Lopez Settlement

Wall Street Journal - 
Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has said it was a mistake to handle the first set of allegations through confidential mediation—a process the ...

Lawyer for sex harass accusers call for NY probe

Wall Street Journal - 
... for a wide probe of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's role in the matter. ... harassment, says Silver is falsely claiming the private settlement prohibited a ...

Assembly Democrats Support Speaker Over Settlement

New York Times - 
ALBANY — Assembly Democrats rallied around Speaker Sheldon Silver on Thursday, as he faced an inquiry into his handling of sexual harassment allegations ...

AP: Vito Lopez sex harassment accusers sought $1.2M

Newsday - 
... public money before Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver negotiated a $103,000 settlement, according to emails obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

Critics Blast Democrats For Remaining Silent Amidst Albany Cover ...

CBS Local - 
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under fire for approving a secret payout of tax money to settle a sex harassment claim against his ally, Assemblyman Vito ...

Lawyer for sex harass accusers calls for probe

Utica Observer Dispatch - 
... a wide probe of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's role in the matter. Her call was joined Thursday by a good-government advocate and Democratic senator.

Sliver says he learned a lesson

Times Herald-Record - 
In a rare display of honesty and humility, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver this week said he was wrong to quietly settle a charge of sexual harassment against .

Why We Have Sexual Harassment Laws

The Atlantic - 
Over the next few days, The New York Times reported that Sheldon Silver, the Assembly speaker and one of the state's most powerful Democrats, authorized a ...


It looks like we have a few co-stars in the Smash hit "Sex in The Assembly" staring Vito Lopez and Shelly Silver.

Now co-staring Tom Di Napoli and Eric Schneiderman

I wonder who will be next in joining this smash hit

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Vito Lopez and Shelly Silver star in SEX IN ASSEMBLY

The Lopez stain spreads

New York Post - 42 minutes ago
‘I welcome a JCOPE investigation,” said Shelly Silver to the world yesterday.

Sure he does — just like a cobra welcomes a mongoose.

Fact is, the last thing the longtime Assembly speaker needs is a competent investigation of that secret, six-figure taxpayer-funded payment made to get a key Silver ally off the hook on sexual-harassment charges.

Happily, the new Joint Commission on Public Ethics appears ready, willing and able to take on the task — which no doubt has official Albany in a swivit.

Indeed, both Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli have had to answer questions over their own roles in the burgeoning mess regarding the hush money secretly paid to Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s first sexual-harassment victim.

As The Post’s Erik Kriss and Josh Margolin reported, it now turns out that a lawyer in Schneiderman’s office actually reviewed the $103,000 public-funds settlement and even made a recommendation on it.

Yet the lawyer, says the AG, didn’t tell his superiors — leaving Schneiderman to scratch his head in complete puzzlement.

Umm, of course.

Meanwhile, DiNapoli’s office approved the request for payment from Silver’s office and cut the check — ostensibly for “legal services” — without exhibiting even the slightest curiosity about what it was for.

Read more: 

Women Employed By Vito J. Lopez Describe Sexually Hostile Office ...

Huffington Post - 
Five women who worked for Vito J. Lopez, the assemblyman at the center of a broadening sexual harassment scandal, described in interviews an atmosphere of ...

Women Employed by Lawmaker Describe Sexually Hostile Office

New York Times - 
Five women who worked for Vito J. Lopez, the assemblyman at the center of a broadening sexual harassment scandal, described in interviews an atmosphere of ...

2 Women Received $32000 From Lawmaker, Along With Money ...

New York Times - 
ALBANY — Two women who brought sexual harassment claims against Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez this year received $32,000 from him, in addition to ...

Former Staffers Describe Hostile Atmosphere in Lopez Office

WNYC (blog) - 
Former Staffers Describe Hostile Atmosphere in Lopez Office ... some women felt while working for Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopezhave begun to emerge.

Silver Faces Possible Ethics Inquiry

Wall Street Journal - 
Assemblyman Vito Lopez at the opening of the State Assembly. ...Silver and Lopez couldn't be trusted to follow Assembly policy on "sexual harassment claims ...

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

New York Daily News -
... Vito Lopez after an ethics committee found he'd sexually harassed two staff ... cut to resolve an earlier harassment case against Lopez — or his decision to ...

Assembly Speaker Under Fire For Lopez Actions

NY1 - 
The leader of the State Assembly said Wednesday he welcomes an investigation into his role involving a settlement for sexual harassment against Vito Lopez.

Analysis: Transparency in Albany Remains an Elusive Goal

NBC New York - 
In the wake of the resignation of Assemblyman Vito Lopez as Brooklyn Democratic boss, both the Governor and the Speaker are somewhat belatedly asking for ...

Silver Accused of "Cover Up" in Sex Harass Cases

NBC New York -
The lawyer representing women allegedly harassed by AssemblymanVito Lopez also blasted Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver Wednesday. She said Silver ...

Editorial: Make sex-harassment payout details public

Newsday - 
He was wrong to approve the use of more than $100,000 in public money to resolve the claim against Assemb. Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn), and doubly wrong for ..

Five Political Scandals To (Sorta) Shake Brooklyn

The L Magazine -
Veteran Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, virtually a caricature of a sleazy, ... down by the House bank scandal:…

Gloria Alred, NOW Have Shelly Silver In Sights Over Hush Money ...

Village Voice (blog) - 
... harassment allegations against his old pal/current AssemblymanVito Lopez that ... The problem for Silver is this: a while back, Lopez was accused of sexually ...

Everyday the Democ"RAT"ic Scandal staring Vito Lopez and Shelly Silver grows and grows

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Assembly Speaker Admits Fault Amid Calls to Investigate Secret ...

New York Times - 

ALBANY — The latest scandal to hit the State Assembly has engulfed SpeakerSheldon Silver, the Legislature’s most powerful Democrat, as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other elected officials on Tuesday called for an investigation into the Assembly’s handling of sexual harassment claims against a prominent assemblyman, including a secret settlement payment of more than $100,000.

Even as Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, the man at the center of the scandal, agreed to give up his power base as chairman of the Democratic Party in Brooklyn, it was Mr. Silver’s decision to make the payment and keep the allegations against Mr. Lopez secret that drew the most outrage. Public advocacy and women’s groups, and even some Democratic lawmakers, expressed shock that the state would pay so much without public disclosure. Governor Cuomo — who had previously called for Mr. Lopez’s resignation over a separate set of allegations — became the most prominent voice calling for an ethics investigation as well.

Silver: Assembly will open up sex harassment cases - 
The decree Tuesday comes as Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopezcontests sexual harassment charges against him and after the Assembly majority revealed

Silver: Assembly Will Open Sex Harassment Cases

NBC New York - 
Vito Lopez Quits Dem Party Post. ... began Friday with an Assembly ethics committee finding Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexually harassed two women staffers.

Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver admits okaying $103000 secret ...

New York Daily News - 
... Shelly Silver admits okaying $103,000 secret payout to settle Vito Lopez sex ... a sexual harassment claim against Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez ...

Speaker Admits Mistake

Wall Street Journal - 
Mr. Silver's statement followed reports that the Assembly settled a sexual harassment claim against Assemblyman Vito Lopez with a $103,080 payment in June.

Secret claim settlement wrong, Silver concedes

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 
... came just a few weeks before two Assembly employees filed separate sexual harassment complaints against longtime Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn.

Silver admits he was wrong in handling Lopez sex harassment case

New York Post - 
The scandal began Friday with an Assembly ethics committee finding Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexually harassed two women staffers. But the scandal then ...

New York's State Assembly

Investor's Business Daily - 
New York's State Assembly paid $103,080 to settle sexual harassment claims vs. Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Sheldon Silver, the Democratic speaker, ...

Shelly Takes Heat; Says Secret Settlement With Vito LopezWas Bad ...

Yeshiva World News - 
In July 2012, two employees in Assemblymember Vito Lopez'sdistrict office filed a complaint about sexual harassment in the Assemblymember's office.

Analysis: Albany Just Can't Lose the Stench of Corruption

NBC New York - 4 hours ago
Assemblyman Vito Lopez announced he would not seek reelection as Brooklyn Democratic chairman. In a farewell statement, the 27-year Assembly member ...

It is to late Shelly Silver Tanic is sinking fast and all hands are trying to save it.

It will join the Vito Lopez Tanic at the bottom of  NY Harbor

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Latest Scandals From Albany

New York Times - 
It is time for Vito Lopez to resign after 28 years as a New York state assemblyman. ... that Mr. Lopez had sexually harassed and groped two female employees.

Assembly Paid $103000 in Harassment Case

New York Times - 
ALBANY — Sheldon Silver, the New York State Assembly speaker, authorized a secret payment of $103,080 to settle sexual harassment claims against ...

Lawmaker Denies Sexual Charges

Wall Street Journal - 
The denial by Assemblyman Vito Lopez came as reports emerged Monday that New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in June authorized the .

Assemblyman Vito Lopez's alleged sexual harassment appears to ...

New York Daily News - 
Assemblyman Vito Lopez's alleged sexual harassment appears to have cost taxpayers ... Vito Lopez released a statement Monday calling sexual harassment ...

Document: Assembly settled a past sex harass claim

The Assembly's Democratic majority released the June 6 voucher Monday as leading Democrats called for the resignation of Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

Vito Lopez Sexual Harassment Charges Prompt New York ...

Huffington Post - 
NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) - New York Democrats are intensifying pressure on state Assemblyman Vito Lopez, a long-serving Brooklyn powerbroker, ...

New York Can't Escape Corruption as Senator Huntley Indicted

San Francisco Chronicle - 
24, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, a Brooklyn Democrat, was stripped of his committee chairmanship when an ethics committee determined he sexually harassed ...

Schneiderman charges Huntley, Lopez defends himself

Capital New York - 
Vito Lopez: "I have never forced myself on anyone, nor would I." ...The Assembly spent $103,080 on June 13 to settle a previous case against Lopez.

Vito Lopez: 'I Have No Intention of Resigning'

Politicker - 
Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the leader of Brooklyn's Democratic Party, is fighting for his political life after the State Assembly censured him last Friday, the ...

Which Races Are Most Affected by Vito Lopez's Implosion?

Politicker - 
Which Races Are Most Affected by Vito Lopez's Implosion? ...announcing the conclusion of an investigation into Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who doubles as the ...
As more and more comes out it seems to me Shelly Silver must resign too

New York is the Scandal Capital of the World.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012


Twi$ted web of political nonprofits in Bx.

Last Updated: 6:09 AM, August 26, 2012
Posted: 12:27 AM, August 26, 2012
The dating life of Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera has shed light on a web of Latino nonprofits in The Bronx — groups that benefit a close-knit network of political insiders as much as the community.
She installed a boyfriend, Vincent Pinela, as head of the Bronx Council for Economic Development, a taxpayer-funded nonprofit he admits being unqualified to run. He alleges she used the group to fund their dates and her campaign.
But the council is only one nonprofit of many organized under the Hispanic Federation, which has taken in $24 million in taxpayer money since 1998.

Read more:

Cuomo Calls for Censured Brooklyn Assemblyman to Resign

New York Times - 
The assemblyman, Vito J. Lopez, who is also the head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, was accused of verbally harassing, groping and kissing two of his staff ...

Sheldon Silver Actually Settled Other Sexual Harassment Case ...

Gothamist - 
... Democratic kingpin Vito Lopez for sexually harassing female employees this ... Speaker Sheldon Silver settled a different harassment claim against Lopez.

Queens State Senator Says She Will Be Arrested Monday

New York Magazine - 
Just a couple days after Brooklyn assemblyman Vito Lopez was censured for sexually harassing two female employees, yet another New York lawmaker is in ...

State senator says she'll be arrested

Albany Times Union - 
FILE - In this May 11, 2010 file photo, New York state Sen. Shirley. ...Shirley Huntley, a Queens Democrat, didn't indicate what the charge against her might be.

State Senator From Queens Is Warning of Her Arrest

New York Times - 
The senator, Shirley L. Huntley, said she would surrender to the authorities on Monday. She said she did not know the charges, but her announcement came ...

Bx. pol Naomi Rivera's brother Rodney lied in bankruptcy filing ...

New York Post - 
Bronx Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera isn't the only one in her family with questionable ethics. Her brother Rodney told the federal government he was flat broke ...

One sexual harrassment claim against Assemblyman Vito Lopez ...

New York Daily News - 
Assemblyman David Weprin, left, with Vito Lopez, powerful boss of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, at the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club in Brooklyn last ...

'Horndog' Vito staffers: Always dress down!

New York Post - 
Those were the watchwords around the Albany office of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, according to a former female staffer warned by a colleague to steer clear of ...

Before Censure, a Hushed Settlement Against Assemblyman

New York Times - 
The previous accusation against Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, who is also the head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, was settled earlier this year at least in part ...

Folks this is the TIP of the IceBergs any I wonder how many of these Elected officials and power brokers are delegates to the Democ"RAT"ic  convention in North Carolina ?

Will they be showing up or asked to STAY HOME

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Power to the People Who VOTE