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Revision as of 10:57, 14 June 2013

Vito Lopez
New York State Assembly District 53
In office
1985 - 2013
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
Date of birth06/05/1941
Place of birthBrooklyn, NY
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 BS in business administration from Long Island University, Brooklyn and MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.[2]

Committee assignments


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
Social Services


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


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



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



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


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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Lopez received $444,064 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

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


In 2008, a year in which Lopez was up for re-election, he collected $452,552 in donations.[10]

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


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.[11]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13][14]

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Preceded by
New York Assembly District 53
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