Good gov’t advocate hits Speaker Silver over Lopez

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says that although mistakes were made in handling sexual harassment claims against a Brooklyn assemblyman, he isn't responding to a call for him to step down as leader.
    
Silver issued a brief written statement Thursday after the Common Cause good-government group called for a public vote on his leadership. Common Cause also asked the Manhattan Democrat to justify why he should continue as speaker.
    
Common Cause says Silver's handling of claims against fellow Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez was “merely a cover up” and “outrageous in the halls of government.”
    
The New York City National Organization of Women chapter had previously accused Silver of a “shameful cover-up at great expense to all women.”
    
A special prosecutor found “alarming” actions by Lopez, but no crime.

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