Silver predicts he’ll be cleared in Lopez harass probe

November 28, 2012 Buffalo News Associated Press
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ALBANY— Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he expects to be vindicated in an ethics probe into the $103,000 settlement he approved to end sexual harassment claims against fellow Democrat Vito Lopez of Brooklyn.

Silver told the Buffalo News last week that he believes the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics will find he acted in good faith to protect the victims. Silver approved a deal this summer that wasn’t disclosed until further sexual harassment accusations were made against Lopez, who is city assemblyman for the state’s 53rd district, which covers the Williamsburg area.

Silver cooperated with the commission and recently was interviewed by the ethics board.

He says he won’t approve any more secret deals. He said the victims wanted to keep the Lopez settlement private.

State Republican Chairman Ed Cox accused Silver of a cover-up.