Vito Lopez eyes Council run

Posted on 05 April 2013 by Community Voice NY

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Embattled Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez formed a committee to raise money for a possible City Council run.


Vito: Assemblyman Vito Lopez has formed a City Council campaign committee.

Published: April 4, 2013 – 12:44 pm

Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez has formed a campaign committee to raise money for a possible run for City Council, records show.

For months, there has been speculation that Mr. Lopez, who is embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, might run for the seat being vacated by term-limited Brooklyn Councilman Diana Reyna. Mr. Lopez also has said that he is suffering from serious health problems, which has made him less eager to stay in the Assembly. Mr. Lopez recently said he was battling thyroid cancer and two new growths on his brain.

The sexual harassment complaints came from at least four women, two of whom received financial settlements from the Assembly. Both the state ethics panel, JCOPE, and a the Staten Island district attorney’s office are investigating. Mr. Lopez could not immediately be reached for comment. Mr. Lopez stepped down as Brooklyn Democratic leader last year amid the allegations.

Several candidates are currently running for the council seat, including Antonio Reynoso, Ms. Reyna’s chief of staff, who has lined up widespread labor support. Ms. Reyna is a former chief of staff for Mr. Lopez but the two have been at odds for years.

In a statement released on Thursday afternoon in response to this article, Mr. Reynoso slammed Mr. Lopez, terming him a “sexual predator.”

“If Lopez does move forward with a City Council campaign, he needs to know that his career will end in defeat and embarrassment,” Mr. Reynoso said.

A Brooklyn source said it was “highly unlikely” that Mr. Lopez would get the support of the Brooklyn Democratic Party for a council run. The new chairman of the party is former Assemblyman Frank Seddio.

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