The bearing of the sticky tape behind the placard of an office in the state Legislative Office Building has almost become synonymous with corruption at the state Capitol.
You see the tape, and it might be a sign that a lawmaker either no longer resides there because of a prosecutor’s intervention or, in Assembly Vito Lopez’s case, he was stripped of his leadership duties.
For an example, here’s the door after Sen. Vincent Leibell resigned in 2010.
So here’s Lopez’s office in the LOB after the Brooklyn Democrat was stripped last month of his chairmanship of the Assembly Housing Committee amid sexual harassment allegations and a $103,000 taxpayer-funded settlement.
Besides the placard and power, he also lost a $12,500 a year stipend — and is under investigation.