Vito Lopez leaves Assembly

Posted on 21 May 2013 by Community Voice NY

No trace of disgraced Brooklyn Dem as nameplate and Web page vanish minutes after he resigns

By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013, 11:59 PM
Disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez has officially left the building.

ALBANY — The Assembly bid good riddance Monday to se rial groper Vito Lopez.

Within minutes of his 9 a.m. resignation from the Assembly, Lopez’s state website was taken down and his nameplates were removed from his Assembly chair and desk, and from the wall outside his Albany office.

“Boom! He’s gone,” Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) tweeted as Lopez’s resignation became official.

“A most unpleasant man, including to his colleagues,” Rosenthal told the Daily News later in the day. “I am just glad he is gone.”

Rosenthal was among several lawmakers happy to see the 71-year-old depart and the Assembly try to get beyond his sexual harassment scandal.

“It is the first time in 29 years that I don’t have somebody glaring at me from across the chamber,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Queens). “He was a bullying individual.”

It was an ignominious end for the once-powerful Lopez, who held his Assembly seat since 1985, when Ed Koch was mayor and Barack Obama was a recent Columbia University graduate still living in the city.

Lopez resigned rather than face expulsion after two reports last week detailed his repeated tormenting of at least eight female staff members.

Lopez initially said he would step down June 20, but he advanced his departure to Monday after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said he would seek Lopez’s immediate expulsion. Silver aide Michael Whyland said Lopez’s offices will remain open and his staff on the payroll to handle any constituent needs that arise.

gblain@nydailynews.com

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/lopez-finally-vito-article-1.1349790#ixzz2TvrRJe7Q

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