UPDATED: Santabarbara and Steck call for downstate colleague to resign
Assembly members Phil Steck, D-Colonie, and Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, are calling on scandal plagued Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, to resign.
Momentum has been building today to push Lopez out of office. He said this morning that he will resign at the end of the legislative session in June.
In a statement on Thursday, Steck said, “Sexual harassment is unacceptable and should never be tolerated. Assemblyman Vito Lopez has brought shame to the Assembly and is no longer fit to hold this office. I am calling on him to resign immediately."
Noting his own experience as an attorney, representing employees who have been victimized, he said it is impossible for him not to speak out.
In a statement on Wednesday, Santabarbara called on Lopez to resign immediately.
“As a father I would never want my daughter or [anyone's] daughter to have to work in the kind of environment these employees were subject to," he said. "Sexual harassment and intimidation has no place in state government or any work environment."
UPDATED: Santabarbara updated his stance this afternoon, in the wake of Lopez's planned exit in June, and said he has to go now.
“Either Vito Lopez resigns effective immediately or the Assembly must expel him," Santabarbara said in a statement. "Allowing him to finish out the remaining weeks of session on his terms would be a slap in the face to his victims and to all New York women."
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