It’s been a very active weekend for Democrats, with a pair serving in the boroughs of New York City being part of some very rare activity over the weekend.
First off, Brooklyn Democrat Assemblyman Vito Lopez has been handed some very severe punishment stemming from what is being called “blatant instances of sexual harassment”.
The Standing Committee on Ethics and Guidance not only stripped him of his Housing Committee chairmanship, and cut off resources and funding from the Assembly, but his guilty actions prompted a ban prohibiting Lopez from hiring interns or any other employees under the age of 21.
That is the equivalent of a sexual predator being kept from that which tempts them.
The letter from Assembly Majority Speaker Sheldon Silver pulls no punches, providing such details as how Lopez harassed one woman forcibly kissing her and putting his “hand as far up between her legs as you could go”. He also forced two women to continuously write to him about how much they loved their jobs and cared about him.
Here is a copy of the letter:
Vito Lopez Letter 8-24-12
Lopez has left a long trail of slime in Brooklyn, with rumors that other charges may be coming down the pike. He has been the subject of multiple federal investigations as well as blatant instances of extreme cronyism.
Several Democrats have pushed for Lopez to resign as a result of these egregious charges, with the most damning perhaps being from the governor of New York himself. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday joined a growing list of elected officials calling on Lopez to step down.
Next up on the list of corruptocrats from southern New York, is Sen. Shirley Huntley from Queens, who took the rare step of announcing her own impending arrest on Monday.
Huntley held an “emergency press conference” over the weekend to announce that she expects to be arrested on Monday.
She did not indicate what charges may be involved, though four employees of hers had been arrested last year based on an investigation of a non-profit organization in which Huntley had steered tax-payer funds. The four who were indicted included a top aide and a niece of Huntley’s.
Leave it to city Democrats to get involved in a year’s worth of scandal in one weekend.