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Taxpayers could foot the bill in Lopez, Silver lawsuit

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Vito Lopez may have resigned his seat in the Assembly, but the fallout from his alleged misdeeds continues.

Lawsuits filed Thursday by two of his former female staffers who accuse the disgraced assembly Democrat and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of working together to cover up Lopez's history of unwanted sexual advances -- allowing it to continue. The two women are also suing the Assembly itself in state court.

"Some people think they're above the law, when actually at the end of the day, no one is above the law," said Damien Creer of the Bronx.

"I'm never surprised too much when there's something going on in this town," said Willie More.

Maybe not surprised, especially when you consider these allegations first surfaced in August when Silver announced that an assembly ethics committee had found credible evidence that Lopez had sexually harassed both women who've now filed the lawsuits. They're seeking unspecified damages but in the end its taxpayers that will be paying for much of the legal fees along with any settlements. It left some downright angry.

"It's a waste of time of the citizens that work hard for this state, live in this state that have to pay money for misconduct. I don't think it's right," said Emory Faucette.

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