September 27, 2012
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FILE - In this April 18, 2012 file photo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, speaks during an affordable housing news conference as Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, right, listens at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Accusations of sexual harassment that emerged over the summer have unraveled in public before a state ethics committee, revealing more sexual misconduct accusations against Lopez and a secret six-figure payoff to the accusers with taxpayer money that was approved by Silver.

Mike Groll photo

FILE- In this April 18, 2012, file photo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, left, walks with Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, to an affordable housing news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Accusations of sexual harassment that emerged over the summer have unraveled in public before a state ethics committee, revealing more sexual misconduct accusations against Lopez and a secret six-figure payoff to the accusers with taxpayer money that was approved by Silver.

Mike Groll photo

FILE- In this April 18, 2012, file photo, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, speaks during an affordable housing news conference as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, left, listens, at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Accusations of sexual harassment that emerged over the summer have unraveled in public before a state ethics committee, revealing more sexual misconduct accusations against Lopez and a secret six-figure payoff to the accusers with taxpayer money that was approved by Silver.

Mike Groll photo

FILE- In this Sept. 19, 2012, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Accusations of sexual harassment that emerged over the summer have unraveled in public before a state ethics committee, revealing more sexual misconduct accusations against an assemblyman and a secret six-figure payoff to the accusers with taxpayer money that was approved by one of the most powerful lawmakers in the state.