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New York State Legislature demands ethics report be redacted

The New York State Legislature has called for the removal of mention of Sheldon Silver's possible involvement in the Vito Lopez ethics investigation.

Vito Lopez An ethics committee is putting together a report on sexual harassment allegations against New York State Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

The New York State Legislature has sent a letter to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics demanding that any mention of Speaker Sheldon Silver's office be removed from an investigative report into sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the New York Times reported.

The letter states that the inquest into the role played by Silver's office is outside of the jurisdiction of the ethics regulators.

Following the public outing of the Lopez scandal last summer, Silver admitted he authorized a settlement with other women who had made allegations of sexual harassment by Lopez.

Silver has previously called for the release of the report in full, which his spokesman repeated following the release of the letter.

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