New York, NY – Its Official: Assemblyman Vito Lopez Files To Run For NYc Council

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FILE- In this April 18, 2012, file photo, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, speaks during an affordable housing news conference as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, left, listens, at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)New York, NY – A New York state assemblyman tarnished by a sexual harassment scandal has filed to run for a New York City Council seat.

The City Campaign Finance Board said Monday that Assemblyman Vito Lopez filed for a Brooklyn seat. No one immediately responded to calls and a text message to a number for his political committee.

The once-powerful Lopez lost his Assembly leadership role and his job as Brooklyn Democratic party boss last year after the allegations emerged that he had sexually harassed female staffers. Two claims were secretly settled for $103,000, using taxpayer money.

Lopez has denied harassing anyone.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics investigated that deal. Its report hasn’t been disclosed.

The 71-year-old Lopez has said his health is failing. Still, talk circulated of a possible council run.

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