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Community leader vying for Vito Lopez's seat

Vito Lopez resigned in disgrace last month. Now Jason Otaño is looking to take his former seat in the Assembly.

Jason Otaño (center) launched his Assembly campaign Monday. Jason Otaño (center) launched his Assembly campaign Monday.

Jason Otaño, a community advocate and attorney, launched a campaign on Monday to fill the void left by former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who resigned in disgrace last month after a 68-page report detailed sexual harassment allegations made against him by female employees.

Otaño, a Brooklyn native and the Chair of the Brooklyn Community Board 1’s Economic Development Committee promised voters can expect a “clean break from the rotten politics of the past" if he is elected.

"Together, we will win this election and make sure the reprehensible practices of Vito Lopez are replaced by the values that are the real hallmark of this community," Otaño vowed.

Several politicians have stepped forward to endorse Otaño, including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Otaño served as General Counsel for Markowitz's administration.

"I know that he will serve the residents of the 53rd Assembly District with the same dedication and integrity he has demonstrated here," Markowitz said.

 
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