Silver moves toward expelling Vito Lopez

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Friday will begin the process that could lead to embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez’ expulsion from the chamber, according to his spokesman.

Silver, who was criticized in an ethics report for his handling of sexual harassment allegations against Lopez, will introduce a resolution Friday asking the Assembly Ethics Committee to recommend sanctions for the 71-year-old Brooklyn Democrat, spokesman Mike Whyland said in a statement. Those sanctions could include expulsion, an outcome Silver supports, according to his office.

The Assembly will vote on the resolution Monday.

“Given that an exhaustive investigation has already occurred by two public agencies, (Silver) expects the committee to be able to act quickly and to bring this matter back to the full Assembly with its recommendations for prompt resolution,” Whyland said.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics detailed several years’ worth of harassment allegations against Lopez, a once-powerful lawmaker, and found he violated the Public Officers Law. Silver and his top aides, meanwhile, were knocked by the committee for not referring two initial allegations against Lopez to the Assembly Ethics Committee and for inserting a confidentiality agreement into a settlement.

There is precedent for expelling a member of the Legislature. Former Sen. Hiram Monserrate, D-Queens, was kicked out of the chamber by his colleagues in 2009 after he was convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge for beating his girlfriend.

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  1. Expel Vito Lopez and then make Shelly Silver RESIGNS and then he can spend ALL his time at his law firm cashing in.

    Then the GOP removes Brian Kolb as Minority Leader he hid under his Desk thru out the entire affair of “Sex in The Assembly.

    Then everyone should hop on the “WATSON REVOLUTION” and make sure Andrew “Cesare” Cuomo is on the Highway leaving Albany in 2016.

    New leadership is need from Top to Bottom and “WATSON” will be that NEW LEADER

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