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name                = Vito Lopez |
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|Name = Vito Lopez
political position  = New York State Assembly District 53 |
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incumbency          = Incumbent |
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|Position = New York State Assembly District 53
assumed office     = 1985 |
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|Status = Former
term ends          = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 2, 2010|January 1, 2013]] |
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|Tenure = 1985 - 2013
political party    = [[Democratic]] |
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profession          = Legislator |
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|Assumed office = 1985
website            = [http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=053 House site] |
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}}{{tnr}}'''Vito Lopez''' (b. June 5, 1941) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[New York State Assembly]].  He has represented District 53 since 1985.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Vito Lopez''' (b. June 5, 1941) is a former [[Democratic]] member of the [[New York State Assembly]], representing District 53 from 1985 to 2013. Lopez resigned on May 20, 2013 amid a [[Vito Lopez#Sexual harassment allegations and resignation|sex scandal]] that saw him previously cede his chairmanship of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.<ref name=wsj>[http://online.wsj.com/article/APcf942af7bfc94e55b7d7de745982994b.html ''Associated Press'', "NY Assemblyman accused of sex harass resigns," May 18, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013]</ref>
  
 
Lopez's professional experiences include instructor at Yeshiva University, Molloy College, and Empire State College; and part-time adjunct professor of Human Services at LaGuardia College.
 
Lopez's professional experiences include instructor at Yeshiva University, Molloy College, and Empire State College; and part-time adjunct professor of Human Services at LaGuardia College.
  
Lopez earned a BS in business administration from Long Island University, Brooklyn and MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=4346 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Lopez]</ref>
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Lopez earned a B.S. in business administration from Long Island University, Brooklyn and MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=4346 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Lopez]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
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===2013-2014===
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lopez served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State = New York
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|year = 2013
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|Chamber = State Assembly
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|Committee1 = Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry
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|Committee2 = Rules
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|Committee3 = Social Services
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}}
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===2011-2012===
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lopez served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State = New York
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|year = 2011
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|Chamber = State Assembly
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|Committee1 = Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry
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|Committee2 = Housing
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|Chair2 = Chair
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|Committee3 = Rules
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|Committee4 = Social Services
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}}
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===2009-2010===
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In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lopez served on the following committees:
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|State = New York
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|year = 2009
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|Chamber = State Assembly
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|Committee1 = Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry
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|Committee2 = Housing
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|Committee3 = Rules
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|Committee4 = Social Services
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}}
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2012===
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:: ''See also: [[New York State Assembly elections, 2012]]''
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Lopez ran in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[New York State Assembly elections, 2012|New York State Assembly]] District 53. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He defeated [[Richy Garcia]] in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/reports/rwservlet?cmdkey=whofiled ''State of New York, State Board of Elections'', Candidate Petition List, retrieved August 15, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/elections/local/results?g=nyAssembly&state=NY ''ABC News,'' "New York unofficial 2012 primary election results," accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
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An October 2012 article in ''The Daily'' named Lopez one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.<ref>[http://www.thedaily.com/article/2012/10/29/102912-news-worst-candidates-2012/ ''The Daily,'' "The worst candidates of 2012," October 29, 2012]</ref>
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{{Election box 2012
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|Chamber = New York State Assembly, District 53, General Election
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|party1 = Democratic
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|party2 = Republican
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|winner1 = Vito Lopez
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|candidate2 = Richy Garcia
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|votes1 = 25956
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|votes2 = 2916
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}}
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====Endorsements====
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*32BJ/SEIU<ref>[http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/08/32bjseiu-endorses-for-state-senate-assembly ''New York Daily News,'' "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===2010===
 
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:: ''See also: [[New York State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[New York State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
  
Lopez ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated [[Byron Orozco]] (R) in the general election on November 2.<ref>[http://elections.nytimes.com/2010/results/new-york/state-legislature New York Times NY state legislative election results]</ref>
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Lopez ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated [[Byron Orozco]] (R) in the general election on November 2.<ref>[http://elections.nytimes.com/2010/results/new-york/state-legislature ''New York Times,'' "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|link=<ref>[http://followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=710 ''Follow the Money,'' "Lopez, Vito J," accessed December 21, 2013]</ref>
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|totalraised2012=356118
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|office2012=[[New York State Assembly elections, 2012|New York Assembly, District 53]]
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|office2002=[[New York State Assembly elections, 2002|New York Assembly, District 53]]
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|org1 = New York State Chiropractic Association
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|org2 = Capoccia, Donald A.
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|org3 = New York State Trial Lawyers
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|org4 = Kestenbaum, Joel
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In 2010, Lopez received $444,064 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/grid.phtml?s=NY&y=2010&#fC ''Follow the Money'', "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013]</ref>
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|org1 = Friends Of Carl Kruger
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|org2 = Bailey, Paulette
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|org3 = New York State Supreme Court Officers Association
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|org4 = All New York Title Agency
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|org5 = Gigante, Louis R
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|orgdonor1 = $5,100
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|orgdonor2 = $5,000
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|orgdonor3 = $4,000
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|orgdonor4 = $4,000
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|orgdonor5 = $3,800
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===2008===
 
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==Committee assignments==
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==Controversies==
* [[Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committee, New York Assembly]]
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===Sexual harassment allegations and resignation===
* [[Housing Committee, New York Assembly]]
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Following an internal ethics committee investigation, the [[New York State Assembly]] censured Lopez on August 24, 2012, when allegations of sexual harassment brought by two female employees were substantiated. Soon after, it was reported that the Assembly made a secret payment of $103,080 on June 13 in order to settle previous allegations made by two other women, which never went to the ethics committee.<ref name="harass"/>
* [[Rules Committee, New York Assembly]]
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* [[Social Services Committee, New York Assembly]]
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[[Speaker of the House]] [[Sheldon Silver]] (D) approved the settlement, but once it came to light said it was the wrong decision. “I take full responsibility in not insisting that all cases go to the ethics committee. While that opinion is both legally correct and ethical and can result in a resolution sought by complaining employees, I now believe it was the wrong one from the perspective of transparency,” he stated.<ref name="harass">[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/nyregion/lopez-to-yield-party-leadership-role.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hp&adxnnlx=1346215202-ng0Dc%20ukIlxPn06zFpmEhw ''New York Times,'' "Assembly Leader Admits Fault as Critics Assail Secret Payoff," August 28, 2012]</ref>
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A number of officials and individuals, including Gov. [[Andrew Cuomo]] (D), called for a full investigation. Lopez, meanwhile, insisted that he did nothing wrong and would not resign his seat, but did give up his position as chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.<ref>[http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/08/vito-lopez-gives-up-on-staying-brooklyn-democratic-party-chairman ''New York Daily News,'' "Vito Lopez Gives Up On Staying Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman," August 28, 2012]</ref>
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Following state and prosecutorial reports alleging that Lopez harassed four female staffers in physical and non-physical manners, Lopez initially announced that he would resign his Assembly seat on June 20, 2013, the end date of that year's legislative session.  However, facing threats of expulsion, he announced on May 18, 2013 that he would resign effective May 20, 2013 at 9 a.m.<ref name=wsj/>  At the time of his resignation, Lopez kept his remaining position as Democratic district leader, which prompted party leaders to unanimously pass a resolution calling for him to resign that post as well.  He also began a run for New York City Council.<ref>[http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/dems-press-vito-lopez-quit-post-article-1.1352234 ''New York Daily News'', "State Democrats want scandal-scarred Vito Lopez to resign district leader post, too," May 22, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election/vito-lopez-show-district-article-1.1350941 ''New York Daily News,'' "Vito Lopez a no-show on the first day of his improbable race for Council," May 21, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=053 New York Assembly - Rep. Vito Lopez]
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*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=4346 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=4346 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=4346 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=4346 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
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Revision as of 09:39, 26 March 2014

Vito Lopez
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New York State Assembly District 53
Former
In office
1985 - 2013
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1984
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday06/05/1941
Place of birthBrooklyn, NY
CandidateVerification
Vito Lopez (b. June 5, 1941) is a former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 53 from 1985 to 2013. Lopez resigned on May 20, 2013 amid a sex scandal that saw him previously cede his chairmanship of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.[1]

Lopez's professional experiences include instructor at Yeshiva University, Molloy College, and Empire State College; and part-time adjunct professor of Human Services at LaGuardia College.

Lopez earned a B.S. in business administration from Long Island University, Brooklyn and MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lopez served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry
Rules
Social Services

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lopez served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lopez served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Lopez ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 53. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He defeated Richy Garcia in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Lopez one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[5]

New York State Assembly, District 53, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVito Lopez Incumbent 89.9% 25,956
     Republican Richy Garcia 10.1% 2,916
Total Votes 28,872

Endorsements

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Lopez ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Byron Orozco (R) in the general election on November 2.[7]

New York State Assembly, District 53 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vito Lopez (D) 12,892
Byron Orozco (R) 1,481

2008

On November 4, 2008 Lopez won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 53, defeating opponent Frances Cutrone (R).

Lopez raised $452,552 for his campaign while Cutrone raised $0.[8]

New York State Assembly, District 53 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vito Lopez (D) 25,733
Frances Cutrone (R) 1,531

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lopez is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Lopez raised a total of $2,264,614 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[9]

Vito Lopez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York Assembly, District 53 Won $356,118
2010 New York Assembly, District 53 Won $444,064
2008 New York Assembly, District 53 Won $452,552
2006 New York Assembly, District 53 Won $311,511
2004 New York Assembly, District 53 Won $268,403
2002 New York Assembly, District 53 Won $198,548
2000 New York Assembly, District 53 Won $87,198
1998 New York Assembly, District 53 Won $146,220
Grand Total Raised $2,264,614

2012

Lopez won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Lopez raised a total of $356,118.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vito Lopez's campaign in 2012
New York State Chiropractic Association$5,500
Capoccia, Donald A.$5,000
New York State Trial Lawyers$4,100
Kestenbaum, Joel$4,100
Brodsky, Daniel$4,100
Total Raised in 2012$356,118
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Lopez received $444,064 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vito Lopez's campaign in 2010
Friends Of Carl Kruger$5,100
Bailey, Paulette$5,000
New York State Supreme Court Officers Association$4,000
All New York Title Agency$4,000
Gigante, Louis R$3,800
Total Raised in 2010 $444,064

2008

In 2008, a year in which Lopez was up for re-election, he collected $452,552 in donations.[11]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
New York State Association for Affordable Housing $5,345
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker $4,000
11 individual donations each of: $3,800

Controversies

Sexual harassment allegations and resignation

Following an internal ethics committee investigation, the New York State Assembly censured Lopez on August 24, 2012, when allegations of sexual harassment brought by two female employees were substantiated. Soon after, it was reported that the Assembly made a secret payment of $103,080 on June 13 in order to settle previous allegations made by two other women, which never went to the ethics committee.[12]

Speaker of the House Sheldon Silver (D) approved the settlement, but once it came to light said it was the wrong decision. “I take full responsibility in not insisting that all cases go to the ethics committee. While that opinion is both legally correct and ethical and can result in a resolution sought by complaining employees, I now believe it was the wrong one from the perspective of transparency,” he stated.[12]

A number of officials and individuals, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), called for a full investigation. Lopez, meanwhile, insisted that he did nothing wrong and would not resign his seat, but did give up his position as chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.[13]

Following state and prosecutorial reports alleging that Lopez harassed four female staffers in physical and non-physical manners, Lopez initially announced that he would resign his Assembly seat on June 20, 2013, the end date of that year's legislative session. However, facing threats of expulsion, he announced on May 18, 2013 that he would resign effective May 20, 2013 at 9 a.m.[1] At the time of his resignation, Lopez kept his remaining position as Democratic district leader, which prompted party leaders to unanimously pass a resolution calling for him to resign that post as well. He also began a run for New York City Council.[14][15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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New York Assembly District 53
1985–2013
Succeeded by
Maritza Davila (D)