Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Shelly Silver, Says Secret Settlement With Vito Lopez Was Bad Idea
While defending the June settlement payment as “legally correct and ethical,” Silver acknowledged that keeping the deal quiet was not the right move.
The mea culpa from the powerful Assembly Speaker came just hours after Lopez — a longtime Silver ally — announced that he would surrender his position as Brooklyn Democratic party boss but continue to run for reelection to the Assembly.
Silver, too, came under fire when news broke of a third woman who received the covert settlement.
But Lopez has flatly refused to resign the Assembly seat that he’s held since 1985, promising to dig in his heels against the lurid charges made by his former female staffers.
“I have never sexually harassed any staff and I hope and intend to prove in the coming months the political nature of these accusations,” he said in a statement that was issued in all capital letters.