2:42 pm Aug. 24, 20122
Representative Jerrold Nadler is calling for Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign his post in the Assembly and as chair of the Brooklyn Democratic organization, in the wake of sexual assault allegations that resulted in Lopez's censure.
The allegations, which include inappropriate touching of female employees, were found to be credible by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who stripped Lopez of his chairmanship of the Housing Committee this afternoon, and prohibited Lopez from employing interns or employees under the age of 21.
Nadler called the conduct detailed in the report "reprehensible."
“I applaud the work of both the bi-partisan Assembly Ethics Committee and Speaker Silver for the swift and judicious action in removing Assemblyman Vito Lopez from the Chairmanship of the Assembly Housing Committee and in taking other punitive steps as a result of the findings that Assemblyman Lopez was guilty of multiple acts of sexual harassment and abuse," Nadler said in a statement provided by his office.
"In light of the reprehensible conduct revealed by the Ethics Committee, I call upon Assembly Lopez to do the only honorable thing by immediately resigning his positions as a Member of the Assembly and as the County Chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party."
UPDATE: Lopez tells the Daily News that the charges are "unfounded" and that he will not resign.