Thursday, August 30, 2012
Will Vito take Silver down with him?
There are serious questions and a growing demand for answers about a hush-hush payout of tax dollars to settle a sex harassment case.
The New York Times said in June, powerful Assembly Speaker Silver quietly approved a secret payout to at least one Lopez staffer, who accused him of sex harassment.
There was minimal paperwork and the payout was $103,000.
Daniel Feldman, a former assemblyman, said Silver’s OK of a secret payout is troubling.
“I would very much like to know what is the legal justification for this expenditure out of the public view,” Feldman said.
Silver’s spokesman said the case was not sent to the Ethics Committee. It was kept “confidential at the express insistence of the victim.”
But Gloria Allred, the victim’s attorney, begs to differ, saying “We have never insisted that a legislative committee not proceed with an investigation.”
Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to probe the Lopez scandal.