NY State Assembly Pays Settlement With Taxpayer Money

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August 30, 2012

New York

By Megan Busse

ALBANY, New York: The New York State Assembly used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim.[1] The Assembly paid a $103,000 settlement in a sexual harassment claim involving an unnamed public official. This settlement recently came to light in the wake of the recent sexual harassment settlements involving Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Although this settlement was not made public at the time, Michael Whyland, the spokesman for Speaker Sheldon Silver, maintains it aligns with chamber policy. Governor Andrew Cuomo says this practice is common, “The state often pays for damages of public officials .”[1]