By signing below you add your name to a petition calling for the immediate resignation of Democratic New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for gross ethical misconduct which is now being investigated by a special prosecutor appointed by a New York state judge.
Faced with a member of his caucus who had on multiple occasions been accused of sexually harassing female staff members, Speaker Silver neglected to refer the matter to the Assembly Ethics Committee and instead took an active role in covering up the scandal, including paying over $100,000 of taxpayer money to the victim, who did not request confidentiality."
This is not a one time incident. Sheldon Silver’s history of covering up sex abuse scandals in the Democratic Assembly caucus includes a $500,000 settlement in 2004 for sexual misconduct by Silver’s Chief Counsel and an $80,000 settlement in 1992 for similar charges against another Democratic Assemblyman.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver claims his actions handling the cover-up of a hush-money payout to quell sexual abuse allegations against Democrat Assemblyman Vito Lopez were ‘legal and ethical’.
Silver’s actions were unethical and wholly unbecoming of a member of the New York State Assembly, let alone its Speaker.
As Speaker, Sheldon Silver has allowed a culture of abuse to permeate the Democratic Assembly caucus and has demonstrated a manifest disregard for the wellbeing and safety of female Assembly staff members.
Additionally, the Speaker’s use of public money to settle these claims is questionable at best, and may in and of itself be illegal.
Sheldon Silver, resign!
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