Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez announces resignation to run for City Council

The Democrat says he'll step down on June 20, but the governor says it should happen immediately.

The Democrat says he'll step down on June 20, but the governor says it should happen immediately. (5/17/13)

BROOKLYN - Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez has announced that he'll leave his post on June 20 to focus on a run for City Council.

The controversial Democrat has been at the center of sexual harassment allegations from young women who worked for him. Two of the claims were settled for $103,000 last year using taxpayer money.

The Staten Island District Attorney's Office said earlier this week that Lopez's behavior was inappropriate and alarming, but not criminal and so he won't face charges. Lopez denies the accusations.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is meanwhile calling for Lopez to immediately vacate his seat.  

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