Cuomo: Expel Lopez Now Over Sex Harass Claims

by Associated Press
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Cuomo dismissed Lopez's announcement that he'll leave the Assembly at the end of session on June 20.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez must be expelled from the Legislature over claims of sexual harassment.

Cuomo dismissed Lopez's announcement Friday that he'll leave the Assembly at the end of session on June 20 to run for New York City Council. That was likely Lopez's plan anyway, because he intended to run for the council seat representing Brooklyn.

Cuomo, who is also head of the state Democratic party, had said Thursday Lopez should resign or be expelled.

Lopez has denied sexually harassing anyone. While two scathing investigation reports released this week found no basis for criminal charges against him, they document a pattern of lewd behavior toward young women staffers.

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