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Update: Cuomo calls for Asm. Lopez immediate resignation
ALBANY -- Assemblyman Vito Lopez announced on Friday that he will resign, but Governor Cuomo doesn't want the lawmaker to spend another day in office.
Cuomo is calling for Lopez to step down immediately.
“As I said yesterday, there should be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment and we must now send a clear message that this behavior is not tolerated. Vito Lopez should not spend another day in office, let alone a whole month. He should resign effective immediately and if he does not, he must be expelled.”
Lopez has been under fire for months amid allegations of sexual harassment from female staffers. He was recently cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
Lopez said he was planning on leaving the Assembly anyway to run for NYC Council but wanted to stay on until the end of this session for taxpayers.
He said he will resign on June 20th, the last day of the legislative session, but many question if he'll make it that long or if he will be expelled.
On Thursday, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver also called for Lopez' expulsion.