Bloomberg: Vito Lopez should not run for City Council

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged the former assemblyman not to seek City Council office. Credit: NYC Mayor’s Office

Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks former state Assemblyman Vito Lopez should retire from politics.

Bloomberg said he believes Lopez should not run for City Council given the sexual harassment allegations that forced the assemblyman to resign, the New York Post reports.

“I do not think he is the kind of person we want in the City Council based on what’s reported about his actions,” Bloomberg said.

Lopez resigned on Monday, but the once powerful Brooklyn politician said he plans to run for City Council.

The mayor and Lopez had a close relationship in the past, the Post reports. Bloomberg sought Lopez’s help when he needed to persuade Brooklyn council members to allow him to extend term limits.

The relationship changed when the Department of Investigation released a report in 2011 detailing shady practices at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, a nonprofit founded by Lopez, the Post writes.


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