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COHEN CAMPAIGN TO LATIMER:
WILL YOU SUPPORT SILVER AS SPEAKER IN DECEMBER VOTE?
“YAY” or “NAY?”
The Public Has a Right to Know
New York–Sept. 7…The campaign of New York State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R-NY-37) today called upon Assemblyman George Latimer (D-WFP) to clearly state whether he will vote for embattled Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) to serve another term as Assembly leader. That vote, according to a news report today, could come in December when Mr. Latimer will still be a sitting assemblyman.
Mr. Silver just authorized — for the third time — a secretive hush-money payment to female Assembly staff members who have charged Silver confidante and Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez with sexually assaulting them. Mr. Silver also tried to keep quiet sexual assaults committed by his legislative counsel, Michael Boxley, who was later charged with rape, and who pled guilty to criminal charges of sexual misbehavior. Mr. Silver helped arrange a secret payout in the 1990’s for the sexual transgressions of a fellow Manhattan assemblyman.
“Mr. Silver has established a clear pattern of covering up sex crimes in Albany and Westchester voters have a right to know whether Mr. Latimer will be voting “yay” or “nay” to keep him in power,” Cohen spokeswoman Jessica Proud said. “There can be no ambiguity in this; one either condones the Speaker’s behavior, or stands up for the rights of women to work in Albany without being groped by lecherous politicians. ‘Yay’ or ‘nay’?; that is the question to which the public must have an answer.”