Timues Union Reports: “It’s serious allegations,” Skelos said of Lopez. “My understanding is that a settlement has been had with the Assembly, costing taxpayer dollars, so I think it’s time for Vito to retire.”
Of course, there have been disgraced Republican lawmakers too. But now it’s the GOP’s turn to gloat, and they’re not being shy.
“Let’s go down the list,” grinned Sen. Marty Golden, R-Brooklyn. “And there’s still an investigation that hasn’t been answered with Sampson, Smith and Adams [related to the 2009 bidding of the video slot franchise at the Aqueduct Race Track].”
Skelos was more guarded.
“I don’t think we’re back to square one,” he said. “We’ve had a great two-year legislative session working with the governor, cutting taxes, cutting spending. Governmentally we’ve done a lot of good things — early budgets — unfortunately these incidents arise and, you’re right. It does set you back a little bit. We’re going to continue to do what’s right for the taxpayers.”