8:20 am Aug. 30, 2012
Today, more detail on the Vito Lopez affair and its aftermath.
Danny Hakim of the Times spoke to five women who were employed by Lopez and who described a consistently inappropriate work environment.
(Jacob Gershman in The Wall Street Journal quoted the current chief of staff in the Brooklyn office saying, by contrast, that the atmosphere is fine.)
The lurid details—“Vito doesn’t hire ugly girls"—will only raise more questions about why Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver didn't do more to curb Lopez's behavior, which will now be the subject of an ethics investigation.
"I'm sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight … "—Sarah Palin
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
9:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after announcing new Select Bus Route, at Richmond Ave. and Yukon Ave., on Staten Island.
"The oratory was dazzling, as was the delivery," said a Post columnist who liked Paul Ryan's speech. [John Podhoretz]
Ryan defended his Medicare proposal and blamed Obama for the country's economic state. [Patrick O'Connor and John McKinnon]
The key variables in this race may be Latino and young voters. [Lisa Colangelo]
A story on the Bayside Hills Civic Association website refers to an "instant candidate" running against their former president, Jerry Iannece, and raises the issue of her ethnicity. [Lisa Colangelo]
Frank Seddio, a leading candidate to replace Vito Lopez as Brooklyn Democratic County Chairman, can talk like a reformer. [Reuven Blau]
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly reminded officers they can't stop people "based on personal prejudice, or bias" and they can't frisk for evidence. [Pedro Oliveira Jr.]
The Bloomberg administration won't reveal changes to the big-drink ban until the day the Board of Health approves them. [Michael Howard Saul]
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on September 17, protesters may block traffic in the Financial District and make "citizens arrests" of bankers. [Max Abelson]
The New York City Board of Elections questioned whether the state's online voter registration effort is working. [Daily News]
"I'm very happy working for him and I think the allegations are false," said Anclin Perez, the chief of staff in Assemblyman Vito Lopez's Brooklyn office. [Jacob Gershman]
Lopez paid two women $30,000, on top of the $103,080 they received from the state, to settle an earlier sexual harassment claim. Lopez signed paperwork that described the accusations against him as "unproven." [Danny Hakim]
Former employees are talking, and say he encouraged women to wear short skirts on no bras to work, and to break up with their boyfriends. [Danny Hakim]
Lopez's former chief of staff, Leah Herbert, is reported to be one of the women who received part of the earlier, undisclosed six-figure payout. [Gary Buiso, Fred Dicker, Lorena Mongelli, Josh Margolin, and Bill Sanderson]
The probe into State Senator Shirley Huntley widens and will include every earmark she secured, including funds to a nonprofit run by her fund-raiser, Van Holmes. [Melissa Klein and Chuck Bennett]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman helps remove synthetic drugs from a head shop on Long Island. [Tania Lopez]
After a diss from John Boehner, a Republican senator says something nice about Wendy Long. [Reid Pillifant]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, former comptroller Bill Thompson and publisher Tom Allon react with varying degrees of caution when asked about Sheldon Silver. [Azi Paybarah]
What do the anti-Lopez Democrats do now? [Reid Pillifant]
Whoever replaces Lopez will have a challenge in unifying their Brooklyn's Council delegation. [Azi Paybarah]