Silver admits he was wrong

August 29, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In a rare about face, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he was wrong to handle a $103,000 settlement in a sexual harassment case outside the ethics committee system.

Silver says that although the handling of the claim complied with the law and wishes of the victims, he now believes the process conflicted with the transparency needed in government.

He now says the Assembly shouldn't agree to confidential settlements that would shield an official's name. Silver also says cases should go through full committee investigations and settlements should be made public without naming victims.

The decree Tuesday comes as Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez contests sexual harassment charges against him and after the Assembly majority revealed it made the $103,000 settlement in June.

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