Updated 08/28/2012 07:11 PM
Cuomo addresses lawmaker ethics
In light of separate investigations of two downstate lawmakers, Governor Cuomo addressed questions on ethics Tuesday. Erin Connolly has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed questions on ethics.
The Governor was hosting an event on state tourism Tuesday. Afterwards, questions shifted to State Assemblyman Vito Lopez and Senator Shirley Huntley.
Assemblyman Lopez is accused of inappropriately touching two staffers.
Senator Huntley is accused of misusing state grants for a nonprofit service she founded.
Cuomo says that if the sexual harassment allegations against Lopez are true, he should resign.
"It's the nature of human beings there will be powerful people who will be abusive in positions of power. What we can do is say zero tolerance. If you do this, game over,” Cuomo said.
Governor Cuomo says it is important for JCOPE, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, to investigate and find out the real facts.
We reached out to JCOPE, which said it does comment on any investigations, whether pending or current.