Assemblyman Vito Lopez Will Resign Monday

Assemblyman Vito Lopez, accused of sexually harassing young female staffers for years, says he will resign Monday morning before he's expelled from the Legislature.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had planned a rare expulsion proceeding against Lopez beginning Monday.

Lopez was once a powerful Brooklyn Democratic leader and has been in the Assembly's Democratic majority since 1984.

Two reports released last week detailed lurid accusations of sexual harassment of several women on his staff, but neither report found proof of a crime.

Silver was trying to expel Lopez on the basis of apparently violating Assembly policies against sexual harassment and retaliation.

The state ethics board has also accused Lopez of civil violations of the Public Officer's Law.

A spokeswoman for Governor Cuomo released a statement saying: "As the Governor said, one month was unacceptable, as was one more day. Today's immediate

resignation is the best end to this ugly chapter. Now, we must do everything we can to ensure this type of behavior is never tolerated or allowed to occur again."

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