From the Daily News:
The city has paid a $98,000 settlement to a former female staffer at Community Board 1 in Astoria who had claimed in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by former Board 1 district manager George Delis.
Marcela Gutierrez's explosive allegations included Delis inviting her to watch pornographic films in his office, commenting about the size of her breasts and constantly bragging about his sexual conquests.
Gutierrez also claimed that Delis referred to her as a "hooker" and a "lesbian."
Gutierrez claimed she quit her $24,000-a-year job as an aide due to Delis' alleged abuse. Her lawyer, Bruce Bernstein of New Jersey, said they were satisfied with the settlement and declined further comment.
Delis, who retired in 2008 and is known as the "mayor of Astoria," said he favored fighting the charges all the way to a trial.
"Though the city opted to settle, there was no finding or admission of any wrongdoing by Mr. Delis," said Walter Kretz, an attorney hired by the city to represent Delis.
Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said it was unfortunate taxpayers had to foot the bill for Delis' alleged behavior. "He [Delis] should have to reimburse the city for the damages," Gianaris said.