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The state’s ethics panel has abruptly called a meeting for Thursday, as it continues to probe sexual harassment allegations against Assemb. Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn).
The last time the panel, known as the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, got together, members complained about information leaks of confidential information in the Lopez matter and questioned JCOPE’s independence from the Cuomo administration.
At the end, commissioners voted for a “full” investigation of the matter, which, presumably, includes Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s (D-Manhattan) approval of a $135,000 payment - $103,000 in public money – to settle the claims.