Vito Lopez en Speaker Silver says latest assemblyman accused of sexual harassment should leave <p></p><p>The legislative session begins with the New York State Assembly still plagued by sexual harassment scandals.&nbsp; Seven women have now accused a Buffalo-area assemblyman of sexual harassment.</p><p>Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak , of Cheektowaga, has now been accused of sexual harassment&nbsp; by a seventh woman. Another assemblyman, Micah Kellner, of Manhattan , has been censured by the Assembly Ethics Committee for alleged sexual harassment.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49619 at Ethics panel meets for final time in 2013 <p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49250 at Husband of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's aide fired, under investigation <p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:11:29 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42542 at Husband of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's aide fired, under investigation Silver, Cuomo slide in new poll <p>A new poll finds a slim majority of voters think Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should step down from his leadership post, following two reports that were critical of his handling of a sexual harassment case.</p><p>Assemblyman Vito Lopez has already resigned and is facing record fines for allegedly sexually harassing four women on his staff.<span> </span>Speaker Silver was criticized in an ethics report and a report by the Staten Island District Attorney for initially mishandling the accusations. Silver has apologized.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:06:47 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39073 at NY State Assembly Speaker Silver moves on from Lopez controversy <p>One day after the state’s powerful Assembly speaker admitted “glaring failures” in his handling of a sexual abuse case, the Albany establishment seemed to be moving on, with the usual round of press conferences, bill passage, and leaders meetings. Wed, 22 May 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38229 at Cuomo says Lopez should be expelled, stops short of criticizing Speaker Silver <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the subject of a scathing ethics commission report on sexual harassment, to resign from office or be expelled. Fri, 17 May 2013 13:09:19 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38001 at Lopez report details disturbing allegations of sexual harassment <p>The Legislative Ethics Commission released its report on the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez.&nbsp; It’s conclusions have New York City’s National Organization for Women calling for a vote of no confidence against the still-serving assemblyman, and the Republicans calling for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign. Thu, 16 May 2013 12:58:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37927 at Ethics panel report remains secret <p>A government reform group is calling for a state ethics panel report to be made public, one day after the panel investigating charges against Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) sent a report to the legislative ethics committee. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:57:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 33415 at State ethics board impeded by secrecy rules <p>New York state’s ethics board is coming under criticism as it launches an investigation that is believed to focus on a sexual harassment scandal in the Assembly. The secrecy rules imposed in the laws governing the commission are causing some unanticipated problems.&nbsp; Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:01:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 26010 at Ethics panel launches probe <p>A unanimous state ethics board appears to launch a full investigation into the Assembly’s sexual harassment scandal.&nbsp; The vote followed an acrimonious meeting, where commissioners appointed by the Assemblys peaker demanded a public discussion of the deliberations, and called the governor’s threats to open his own investigation “coercive.”&nbsp;&nbsp; Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:04:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25794 at NY GOP use Democrats' words against them <p>The New York State Republican Party is turning a familiar Democratic Party accusation back against the Assembly Democrats, who are involved in a sexual harassment scandal.&nbsp; Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:06:55 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25581 at JCOPE meets; won't confirm investigation <p>The state ethics board held a closed door meeting Tuesday. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, is believed to be discussing whether to investigate Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and possibly the Assembly Speaker, over a sexual harassment scandal. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:02:56 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25495 at Ethics panel calls special meeting <p>The state’s ethics board has called a special meeting immediately after Labor Day. The news comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo and others have called for an investigation of a sexual harassment scandal in the State Assembly. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:09:07 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25270 at Assembly Speaker Silver says he welcomes ethics probe <p>A rare apology from one of New York’s most powerful Democratic leaders regarding a payout to alleged victims of sexual harassment is raising even more questions at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he welcomes an impending ethics probe. &nbsp; Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:06:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25197 at