AG’s Office Releases Emails Surrounding Lopez Settlement

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Hoping to end questions about its involvement in a sexual harassment settlement in the Assembly, the state attorney general’s office released a set of emails late Thursday that offer a window into the talks that led to the controversial agreement.

The emails appear to confirm a number of details about the confidential settlement first reported by The New York Times. Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, paid a total of $32,000 to two employees that had lodged a complaint against him, while the Assembly paid the previously known amount of $103,080.

An Assembly attorney noted that the complainants had initially sought $1.2 million. (Lopez was later censured by the Assembly for separate sexual-harassment complaints from two other employers.)

A total of three drafts of the June settlement were shared with employees in both the attorney general and state comptroller’s office.

Here’s a statement accompanying the emails from James Freedland, a spokesman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman:

“In an effort to ensure transparency and to provide the public with a complete understanding of our informal role in this matter, we are releasing all written communications between staff counsel to the Assembly and the OAG attorney to the press and to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.”

Here are the emails provided by the AG’s office:

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  1. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    This Attorney General ( is a Jewel ) for the Current Political Scenes in The STATE of New York! An.outstanding Reputation with Capital ” R ” ! He is a Lawyer and Now in The Corridors of The Law Enforcement as its Chief Officer!

    It been after a ling time! NY has a GOOD and HONEST Man in.Office of Law.

    HOWEVER: My Interpretation of The ” Right To Bear Arms” seems to be adapted by The President too ( lately) I am not sure, if The AG got convinced by his Interpretation yet? ( REFERENCE The Press Conference of President Obama after The Shooting Incident in.Wisconsin ) .

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

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  2. “Informal” role GIVE ME A BREAK, they are up to their eye balls in this scandal.

    Day by day we learn more and more and it looks like “OTHERS” will be joining The Vito Lopez Tanic and The Shelly Silver Tanic at the bottom of New York Harbor.

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    http://www.VJMachiavelli.blogspot.com
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  3. HABIBHASAN-An.American Storyteller on

    Viva! Machiavelli!…You have just put the Words in Horses Mouth! Now! Bring the Saddle…..

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller