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Ethics Board to Get Earful on Vito Lopez
August 29th, 2012

Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW NYC said:
“Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s reported acts of sexual harassment against numerous employees make him entirely unfit to serve the public in any capacity. Just as disturbing is Speaker Silver’s cover-up of Lopez’s earlier transgressions, which demonstrate an ongoing acceptance and tolerance for sexual harassment. It is absolutely unacceptable that in the hallowed halls of government, women demanding the fair and equal treatment to which they are entitled under the law should be met with secrecy and muzzled. JCOPE must investigate the full extent to which members of the Assembly staff, and of Mr. Lopez’s former and current staff, were aware of his conduct, and the Speaker’s role in burying these egregious charges. We will not allow the New York State Assembly to disregard women’s rights.”
Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY said:
“Sexual harassment is illegal and revelations that it was handled secretly to protect a powerful member of the Legislature in 2012 in Albany are shocking. In a democracy, government must be held accountable to protect all of the state’s residents, yet only in the last week has the Assembly acted to protect its female employees based on the information provided by the very brave women who, refusing to accept Vito Lopez’s sexual misconduct, reported it to the relevant authorities. JCOPE must investigate the extent of Lopez’s misconduct, every thwarted attempt to report it, and the failure of process which resulted in that conduct being hidden, tacitly accepted, and allowed to continue. Voters require a public airing of the facts. JCOPE is the appropriate entity to investigate, inform the public of what actually happened and hold the responsible individuals and entities accountable.”
Citizens Union is also sending a letter to JCOPE calling on them to investigate.Th

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics should be expecting quite a few complaints regarding Assemblyman Vito Lopez and the allegations that he sexually harassed women working for his office.

The National Organization of Women NYC and Common Cause are filing a joint complaint with JCOPE asking them to investigate the scope of Lopez’s “misconduct.” Citizens Union which is the sister organization to the Gotham Gazette, is calling on JCOPE to investigate, as is Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s reported acts of sexual harassment against numerous employees make him entirely unfit to serve the public in any capacity,” saidSonia Ossorio, President of NOW NYC, in a statement. “Just as disturbing is Speaker Silver’s cover-up of Lopez’s earlier transgressions, which demonstrate an ongoing acceptance and tolerance for sexual harassment. It is absolutely unacceptable that in the hallowed halls of government, women demanding the fair and equal treatment to which they are entitled under the law should be met with secrecy and muzzled. JCOPE must investigate the full extent to which members of the Assembly staff, and of Mr. Lopez’s former and current staff, were aware of his conduct, and the Speaker’s role in burying these egregious charges. We will not allow the New York State Assembly to disregard women’s rights.”

Lopez has denied the allegations, saying that he intends to prove “the political nature of these accusations.”

I have worked tirelessly over the years to bring important programs and services to the poor and working poor,” he said in a statement. “This could not have occurred without the support and time commitment of dedicated staff, many of whom have benefited from the positive work experience in the positions they currently hold and in the subsequent careers that they have pursued.

By on August 29, 2012, 12:25 pm
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