Shelly Silver: I Acted In "Best Interest" Of Gropez Victims

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver maintains that he believes that he'll be cleared of any wrongdoing in the Vito Lopez sex debacle, during which the speaker signed off on more than $100,000 in taxpayer funded hush money to sweep allegations of sexual misconduct against Lopez under the rug.

He also claims that he "acted in the best interests" of the several victims of Lopez's alleged pervy-ness -- which, New York GOPers say, is laughable.

Further reading on the Silver/Lopez scandal:

Vito Lopez In Sex And The Assembly: How To Sweep A Scandal Under The Rug

Ladies, Assemblyman Vito Lopez Would Prefer You Not Wear A Bra To Work

Vito Lopez's Pervy-ness Cost Taxpayers $103,000 -- Thanks To Shelly Silver

Gloria Allred, NOW Have Shelly Silver In Sights Over Hush Money

Here's The Letter Shelly Silver Sent Assemblyman Vito Lopez


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Shelly Silver's Sliminess Explained in Letter From Assemblyman Steve Katz

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Assemblyman Steve Katz

Over the past six months, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has really taken it on the chin in the PR department. And rightly so -- it was recently revealed that he signed off on more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded hush money to help sweep allegations of sexual harassment against his former pal/alleged pervert Vito "Gropez" Lopez under the rug.

But covering up Assemblyman Gropez's multiple cases of alleged pervy-ness is just the latest in a long history of Silver's using his powerful position in New York State politics to help his pervy pals (ahem) get off.

In January, the Assembly will elect a new speaker -- and if history tells us anything, Silver will once again get elected speaker. But not if Assemblyman Steve Katz gets his way.

Further reading on the Silver/Lopez scandal:

Vito Lopez In Sex And The Assembly: How To Sweep A Scandal Under The Rug

Ladies, Assemblyman Vito Lopez Would Prefer You Not Wear A Bra To Work

Vito Lopez's Pervy-ness Cost Taxpayers $103,000 -- Thanks To Shelly Silver

Gloria Allred, NOW Have Shelly Silver In Sights Over Hush Money

Here's The Letter Shelly Silver Sent Assemblyman Vito Lopez


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GOP Super PAC Gunning for Shelly Silver -- and Why It Won't Make a Bit of Difference

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A recently formed GOP Super PAC has Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver in its sights and says it will actively campaign -- and drop an estimated $1.5 million -- to see to it that he's not re-elected as Assembly speaker.

The Super PAC -- which is being financially fueled by the group Americans for Real Change -- cites Silver's handling of Assemblyman Vito Lopez's pervy-ness as the reason for the push to oust him from his position.

Silver has a history of sweeping allegations of sexual misconduct in the Assembly under the rug -- his coverups have caused his foes to compare him to deceased Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

But the push to give him the boot probably will do precisely nothing -- at the end of the day, Shelly Silver's still Shelly Silver.

Further reading on Lopez's pervy-ness:

Vito Lopez In Sex And The Assembly: How To Sweep A Scandal Under The Rug

Ladies, Assemblyman Vito Lopez Would Prefer You Not Wear A Bra To Work

Vito Lopez's Pervy-ness Cost Taxpayers $103,000 -- Thanks To Shelly Silver

Gloria Allred, NOW Have Shelly Silver In Sights Over Hush Money

Here's The Letter Shelly Silver Sent Assemblyman Vito Lopez

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NOW Outlines Expectations In JCOPE's Probe Of Vito Lopez's Pervy-Ness -- And Silver's Coverup

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James King
NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio urges JCOPE to get to the bottom of allegations of sexual misconduct against Assemblyman Vito Lopez -- and the Shelly Silver-driven coverup that followed.
Assemblyman Vito Lopez is a grade-A pervert. That much we know (for example, he would prefer you not wear a bra to work, ladies). But the lengths to which Assembly leaders -- most notably Lopez's former pal/current Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- went to coverup Lopez's multiple gropings of young, female staffers remains a mystery.

New York's Joint Commission On Public Ethics (JCOPE) is investigating multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by Lopez, and how those allegations were handled by legislative leaders. This morning, the National Organization for Women and Common Cause/NY explained what they expect of the Commission's investigation.

Additionally, NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio says it's absurd to prohibit women under 21 years old from working in Lopez's office -- a policy Silver implemented for the assemblyman when he was formally censured by the Legislature in August.

"Is that really one of Sheldon Silver's answers," Ossorio asks. "If a lawmaker harasses interns and 20-year-olds, don't hire interns and 20-year-olds?"

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Shelly Silver's "Female" Cyber-Apologist Is Actually a Guy Named Bill

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Embattled Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver has a "female" supporter who incessantly defends him against charges that he approved more than $100,000 in taxpayer money to coverup allegations of sexual misconduct made by multiple women against his old pal/current disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

The Silver apologist's name is Sophie Walker, and she vehemently defends the speaker's handling of all things women in the comment sections of blog posts and newspaper articles online, as well as on her website, goddesssophiewalker.com.

Problem is, Sophie's a dude -- and not only is Sophie a dude, she's a dude named Bill Eggler, who works in Silver's Albany office.

In other words, it seems a male Silver staffer is posing as a women online to give the impression that the powerful speaker has the support of women -- all as several former female Assembly staffers describe Silver's Assembly as an "old boys club," where harassing women is completely acceptable.

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Prosecutors Investigating Shelly Silver's Kids Over Voter-Fraud Allegations

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More bad news for embattled Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver: The Manhattan District Attorney's Office is reportedly looking into allegations of voter fraud against the speaker's children.

As we reported earlier this week, Silver's kids are all voting in the powerful Democratic pol's district (presumably for their old man) despite the fact that none of them actually live there -- and haven't for quite some time.

One of his kids doesn't even live in New York but has voted here six times while living out of state.

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Sign (Toothless) Petition Calling For Shelly Silver's Resignation Right Here

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Powerful Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues to catch heat for his coverup of sexual harassment allegations against his former pal, disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and now New York Republicans are circulating a petition calling for his resignation.

Granted, it's only a petition -- it will do literally nothing to procedurally remove Silver from office. And Shelly Silver's still Shelly Silver -- he's one politician in New York who could probably weather the storm if caught with the proverbial dead woman or live boy. But, as toothless as the GOP's petition may be, it sends a message that people are sick and tired of the speaker and his "old boys club" that is the New York State Assembly.

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Assemblyman Sheldon Silver Pestered by Yet Another Potential Felony

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You can add alleged voter fraud to the growing list of potential felonies surrounding Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's re-election campaign -- but it probably won't even matter; he's Shelly Silver!

It turns out that Silver's kids are all voting in the powerful speaker's district, presumably for their old man. The only problem with that is none of them actually live there -- and haven't for quite some time.

One of his kids doesn't even live in New York, but has voted here six times while living out of state.

Two of Silver's kids -- Edward Silver, 43, and Michelle Trebitsch, 34 -- are registered to vote at the speaker's apartment at 550 Grand Street in Manhattan. Trebitsch, however, has lived in Brooklyn since 2000, and Edward Silver bought a home in Cedarhurst, Long Island in July 2010.

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Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver To Be Investigated For Vito Lopez Coverup

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Apparently realizing that "it's always about the coverup," the Joint Commission On Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced last night that it's widening its probe of the sexual harassment allegations made against shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez to include the more than $100,000 in taxpayer money Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver approved to cover some of them up.

Previously, the commission said it would not be investigating the speaker, which drew criticism from members of Silver's own party.

Critics -- including the National Organization for Women -- have blasted Silver over the way he handled the allegations, suggesting that the payout was just the latest example of his sweeping allegations of sexual harassment in the Assembly under the rug. Democratic state Senate candidate Monica Arias Miranda  -- who claims she was constantly harassed while working as an Assembly staffer -- says Silver's Assembly is an "'ol boys club," where women are powerless against harassment from male co-workers.

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Democratic Senate Hopeful Says Vito Lopez's Pervy-ness Is Just The Tip Of "Good 'Ol Boy" Iceberg In New York Legislature

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Monica Arias Miranda claims she was sexually harassed while working as an Assembly staffer. She never reported the alleged harassment -- until now (that she's running for Senate)
A former New York Assembly staffer who now is running for the state Senate says the multiple sexual harassment allegations made against shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez -- and the subsequent coverup by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- is just a "smokescreen and coverup for something much bigger."

Democratic Senate hopeful Monica Arias Miranda claims she was sexually harassed routinely by male co-workers when she worked as a budget analyst for the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. She says she never filed complaints about the abuse because she feared retaliation from the "good 'ol boy" culture in the Legislature.

Miranda, who faces two other Democrats in Thursday's primary, has called for an investigation into Silver -- a risky move for a Democrat, but one that is sure to set her apart from her opponents in her suburban Albany district.

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