Updated 09/03/2012 09:21 PM
Cuomo wants investigation launched into activities of Vito Lopez
Though Governor Cuomo has made it clear that he wants a full investigation into the activities of Vito Lopez, he's also said that for now, he sees no reason that Silver and the rest of the delegation should not proceed as planned at the convention. Our Zack Fink has more.
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NEW YORK STATE -- Vito Lopez wasn't at Monday morning's pre-parade breakfast in Brooklyn, but his shadow over the borough's Democratic Party could not be outrun. One of the men hoping to succeed him as Democratic County Chair was busy making the rounds.
Former Assemblyman Frank Seddio said, "I am certainly seeking the position. I am speaking with all of the leaders, asking for their support. Telling them the kind of ideas I have to make this occur."
Although many of the state's top Democrats are in Charlotte, the parade still drew some local leaders, especially those seeking higher office.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is planning a run for mayor next year, stopped short of directly criticizing Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver about the scandal. Silver signed off on a secret taxpayer funded payment to two of the women who made sexual harassment claims against Lopez.
Quinn said, "Speaker Silver has said that he made a mistake in not disclosing the prior settlement. I agree with the Speaker. What he said was right. He did make a mistake."
A vote on the Speaker's leadership would likely come after the election. But so far Assembly members have given no indication they plan on ousting him as leader.
"All that this proves is that Sheldon Silver is human. As good a general as he has been, human beings do make mistakes. He has admitted to that,” Assemblyman Nick Perry said.
Governor Cuomo, who marched the parade route behind blaring calypso music, says he has referred the matter to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE. He was asked if Silver should lead the New York delegation in light of what has been learned.
"You know, there are a lot of senior Democrats there and everybody has a role. In terms of the investigation on Vito Lopez, that investigation is ongoing. There are now two investigations. One that I asked for. And now there is apparently a potential criminal investigation by the Staten Island District Attorney. So I would say let those investigations find the facts," Cuomo said.
Governor Cuomo is heading to Charlotte on the final day of the convention. He is not slated to make a speech. In the meantime, JCOPE meets Tuesday in Albany.