AP source: Panel tells Assembly to protect records
Posted at: 09/06/2012 5:32 PM
| Updated at: 09/07/2012 10:04 AM
By: MICHAEL GORMLEY
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A legislative official says the New York Assembly's Democratic majority has gotten a letter from the state ethics board asking it to retain records involving a sexual harassment scandal in their chamber.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in response to requests from The Associated Press because he wasn't authorized to announce the letter was received.
The official says Thursday the Joint Commission on Public Ethics letter asks for records to be retained, but doesn't say anyone is targeted for investigation.
The state Comptroller has received a similar letter.
That appears to show the commission is probing a secret $103,000 settlement using public money to end sexual harassment accusations against Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez in June.
The commission has refused to confirm or deny an investigation.
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