Facing expulsion, Vito Lopez moves up his resignation date

Vito Lopez, speaking with reporters before his Occupy Wall Street march. (Reid Pillifant)
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In a letter to Speaker Sheldon Silver today, Vito Lopez announced that he will resign his seat in the Assembly, effective Monday morning at 9 a.m.

Lopez's one-sentence letter comes after he stated publicly on Friday that he planned to give up his seat after the current legislative session, following the release of two reports last week that detailed allegations of sexual harassment against the longtime assemblyman.

The timetable proposed by Lopez failed to satisfy his many critics in the legislature, including Silver, who said he planned to proceed with a resolution to expel Lopez on Monday.

By resigning Monday morning, Lopez would seem to avoid a final indignity as he exits Albany.

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He previously announced his intention to run for a City Council seat that overlaps with his current Assembly district.