Posted at: 09/10/2012 12:29 PM
| Updated at: 09/10/2012 12:40 PM
By: WNYT Staff
ALBANY - New York State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics is meeting Monday amid a growing legislative sexual harassment scandal.
JCOPE isn't saying what is being discussed in the closed door session.
A special prosecutor is investigating sexual harassment claims against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez as well as a settlement approved by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
The settlement used $103,000 of public money to end the first set of accusations against Lopez.
If JCOPE doesn't act on the issue, Governor Cuomo says he will create a different investigative body to look into it.
On Talk 1300 this morning, he also explained why there's so much we don't know.
“So take a deep breath, because there's a Plan B,” Cuomo said. “Now why do we not know what JCOPE is doing? Because when we designed JCOPE, we were concerned about confidentiality. And we didn't want the entity to become involved in politics by leaking who's being investigated.”