Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez is stepping down on Monday amid sexual harassment allegations. The move comes before expulsion procedures against him were to begin.
Vito Lopez's resignation came in the form of a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver early Saturday morning. He simply said he was stepping down effective 9:00am Monday.
Hours earlier the Brooklyn Assemblyman released a statement saying he would leave at the end of session on June 20th.
Lopez had been under mounting pressure from both sides of the aisle to take a hike after two of his female staffers accused him of sexual harassment. Then two reports, one from a downstate special prosecutor - the other from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) - revealed the allegations in detail.