July 31, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state ethics board has accepted the resignation of a widely respected commissioner appointed by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who recently was criticized in a board report over sexual harassment.
Patrick J. Bulgaro's resignation is effective Tuesday. He gave no reason for leaving the Joint Commission on Public Ethics after serving during its rocky two-year start.
That tenure includes an investigation this year critical of Silver for crafting a secret $103,000 settlement to end the first batch of sexual harassment accusations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, a Brooklyn Democrat.
Lopez denied harassing anyone. He is running for New York City Council.
Silver has ordered a new, transparent way to handle sexual harassment complaints. This month he fired a longtime attorney who didn't report accusations from four years ago.
Associated Press 2013. All rights reserved.