Assemblyman Michael Kearns tells The Buffalo News he'll quit the Democratic conference that rules the chamber because Silver mishandled sexual harassment claims against Vito Lopez, a longtime assemblyman from Brooklyn.
Silver crafted a $103,000 secret settlement last year to end the first accusations against Lopez by female staff members. That settlement avoided the Assembly's own policies for handling sexual harassment cases through a committee.
A special prosecutor found Silver was more concerned with limiting political damage than disciplining Lopez.
Kearns, a West Seneca Democrat, won election on the Republican line and was a harsh Silver critic.
Silver's office had no immediate comment.
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