Two sexual harassment victims of former Assemblyman Vito Lopez have settled their case and will receive $580,000 in restitution. It was one of two lingering corruption cases which came to resolution in Albany Thursday.
In the Lopez case, most of that money will be come from taxpayers, with the former Assemblyman paying around $35,000. Two other staffers who were sexually harassed earlier received a $103,000 settlement payment from the Assembly.
The agreement was criticized as secretive and former Speaker Sheldon Silver was forced to apologize. Silver resigned his post on February 2nd on unrelated corruption charges.
Meanwhile, former state Senate Leader Malcolm Smith, a democrat, was convicted on bribery charges, for trying to buy his way onto the republican ballot for New York City mayor. Smith faces up to 45 years in prison when he’s sentenced.
Smith was majority leader of the Senate in 2009, when Democrats briefly held power. He was removed from the post after a coup attempt. The man that replaced him as Democratic Leader, John Sampson, goes to trial on corruption charges this spring.