Posted at: 09/04/2012 11:38 AM
| Updated at: 09/04/2012 12:11 PM
By: Andrew Murphy
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's government ethics panel is in a closed-door, special session and is expected to take up a sexual harassment case that has roiled Albany.
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is expected to consider Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's agreement in June to a private $103,000 settlement of sexual harassment charges against Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suggested JCOPE should review the scandal, which dominated news out of Albany a week ago.
A spokesman says JCOPE isn't expected to identify what case it is considering, even if an investigation is authorized.
Silver says he won't authorize another private settlement because it would conflict with transparency needed in government.
The settlement surfaced after Lopez was censured Aug. 24 by the Assembly ethics committee for separate sexual harassment accusations.
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