Former Assemblyman Vito Lopez was chased out of Albany after being accused of sexually harassing four of his young female staffers — seeking the relative satefy of a Brooklyn City Council seat. But his bid fell short.
And, yet, Lopez was able to keep his claws on his old 53rd State Assembly District seat as Maritza Davila, a Lopez ally and former employee of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Center founded by Lopez, defeated her two opponents by a large margin in the Democratic primary.
Reform candidate Jason Otano failed for a second time to successfully challenge Lopez’s machine. Otano lost a bid against Dilan last year. The aspirant had the support of a number of reform groups and had a major fundraising advantage.