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Emails show more work on sex case

Emails obtained by The Associated Press show more discussion than previously reported between the state attorney general's office and the comptroller's office as the Assembly majority's counsel sought to quietly settle a $103,000 sexual harassment claim against a Democratic assemblyman. More form WAMC's Dave Lucas

The emails were obtained under the state Freedom of Information Law. The state comptroller's office, which released the emails, also confirmed two of its staff attorneys who provided technical assistance in the settlement have been subpoenaed by the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

The two offices had said two lawyers were only slightly involved in the settlement of accusations against Vito Lopez of Brooklyn. The emails released Wednesday show more conversations over a longer period of time.

The comptroller and attorney general offices maintain they didn't help negotiate nor did they approve the settlement paid in June.
(c)2012 Associated Press

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.