Daily News Bombshell: Silver in Affair with Chief of Staff

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June 5, 2013

Cox to Cuomo: Appoint a Special Prosecutor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
ALBANY, NY… According to a bombshell report from the New York Daily News this morning, a “damning email omitted from [the] Vito Lopez sexual harassment report suggests Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had [an] inappropriate relationship with [a] top aide.”

 

According to the report:

 

The email, obtained by The News, claims Lopez “repeatedly” told one of the women “that he wanted their relationship to be the same as Mr. Silver’s to his Chief of Staff and was explicit in what that meant.”

 

The email also claims that the groping victims were so afraid of Silver and his chummy relationship with Lopez – and so upset that the Assembly had failed to “fully investigate” their allegations – that they declined an offer to take another job in the Assembly.

 

NYGOP Chair Ed Cox said, “Andrew Cuomo said that JCOPE would be ‘the toughest ethics enforcer in our state’s history.’  Instead, they’ve proved toothless.  Their failure to investigate Silver and include crucial documents in their report underscores the need for a Special Prosecutor to investigate both Sheldon Silver and Vito Lopez.

 

“By refusing to appoint a Special Prosecutor, Andrew Cuomo is enabling the cover up of sexual abuse in the Assembly and has diminished authority to promote a ‘women’s agenda.'”

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Bazzo 06/06/13

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