In open letter, Paladino touts Katz’ petition

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Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is out with a new letter to reporters and supporters today, touting a petition started by a Westchester Assemblyman that seeks to have Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver investigated.

Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, started an online petition earlier this month calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to launch a Moreland Act Commission to investigate Silver’s role in a sexual-harassment settlement earlier this year. The Assembly in June approved a confidential agreement with $103,080 of state funds to settle claims against longtime Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn.

The Moreland Act, a state law passed in the early 1900s, gives governors the right to appoint a commission with subpoena power to investigate nearly any facet of state government. Cuomo had threatened to use the act to investigate the claims if the Joint Commission on Public Ethics didn’t authorize a wide-ranging probe of the issue.

“New Yorkers must band together, get mad as hell and send this petition to the Governor with a demand he bring Sheldon Silver to justice and begin the effort to clean the trash out of our State government,” Paladino wrote today.

Katz’ petition currently has 26 signatures. He’s been highly critical of Silver’s role in the payout, but Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported that Katz’ veterinary business entered into its own sexual-harassment settlement back in 2006.

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  1. Barbara Tierney on

    Please… this man is not worthy of this job… Andrew Falk is honest and WILL do the job. He’s not a hypocrite, like Katz. How can Katz ask for people to sign a petition when he is guilty of exactly the same thing. Please, voters, don’t let this man represent our district!