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NY Assembly seeks uncertain expulsion of Vito Lopez

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By MICHAEL GORMLEY and MICHAEL VIRTANEN
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's Assembly next week will begin a rare and uncertain effort to expel 1 of its veteran Democrats, who is accused of groping and intimidating young female staffers.

The political motivation to expel Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez is clear. He was accused by former staffers of groping them, forcing them to flirt with him and trying to pressure them into staying with him in his hotel rooms. They say he threatened their careers if they didn't succumb to his advances.

He has not been charged with a crime.

Former Democratic Assemblyman Jack McEneny says politically everyone wants to throw Vito out, but he asks if there's a legal basis.

The half-dozen instances of expulsion in the New York Legislature include the Assembly's refusal to accept socialists after World War I.

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