sexual harassment 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 News Briefs: Thursday, Oct. 31 <p><strong>Rochester gun manufacturer set to relocate to S.C.</strong></p><blockquote><p>The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is lashing out against the state's controversial gun law, the New York Safe Act, following the departure of a Rochester gun manufacturer. American tactical imports is relocating its operations to South Carolina, where the company will invest nearly $3 million into new facilities.</p><p></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:40:37 +0000 WRVO News 46465 at 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 Focus On Women, Families Propels New York's Sen. Gillibrand Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is introducing legislation with other lawmakers Thursday that would change how the military handles sexual assault cases. The proposal would let military prosecutors — rather than commanders — decide whether to bring serious military crimes to trial.<p>It's the latest high-publicity move for a senator who was virtually unknown four years ago when she was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's senate seat. Thu, 16 May 2013 13:16:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 37919 at Focus On Women, Families Propels New York's Sen. Gillibrand 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 Three lawsuits target Jefferson County Sheriff's Department <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Three women with the same attorney have filed lawsuits against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and members within it for allegations relating to sexual misconduct or harassment.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:46:30 +0000 Joanna Richards 29711 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 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 Attorney for Sheriff's deputy describes alleged harassment on the job in $50 million suit <p>A female Sheriff&#39;s deputy has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Jefferson County department, over racy photos she says were taken of her as part of an online pedophile investigation. The lawsuit is about to proceed to the next phase, and the deputy and her lawyer are calling for an independent investigation.</p><p> Thu, 03 May 2012 00:39:23 +0000 Joanna Richards 18615 at