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Katz Wins, Knocks Speaker Silver

Posted By Joseph Spector On November 7, 2012 @ 1:31 pm In Other | Comments Disabled

Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, was perhaps the most critical this election year of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s decision to reach a settlement agreement with two women who claimed they were sexually harassed by Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn.

[1]Katz easily won re-election last night, and in his statement of victory again derided the powerful Democratic speaker.

“I serve the people of the new 94th District, not Speaker Sheldon Silver,” Katz said. “His money and consolidated efforts to subvert the electoral process reinforces my conviction that he must resign as speaker and an independent investigation must be brought about in order to clean up Albany and restore honesty and integrity to the Assembly.”

Katz represents a Republican district in northern Westchester and Putnam counties. He won his second term against Democrat Andrew Falk.

Katz had labeled Silver as Joe Paterno [2], and Katz dismissed his opponent’s criticism of a lawsuit that he settled involving the sexual harassment [3]of an employee at his veterinarian hospital a decade ago.

“I consider tonight’s victory to be a call-to-action. It is a clear vote of confidence in the efforts that I undertook when I first arrived in Albany. Tomorrow, I intend to roll up my sleeves and resume my work – starting with the resumption of electrical power to all residents and businesses. We have only started our long journey towards cleaning up Albany; New York State needlessly hemorrhages tens of millions of dollars every month, I have introduced legislation to stem the bleeding,” Katz continued.

“I will maintain my efforts to bring tax relief to citizens and small businesses; bring a moratorium on unfunded mandates to towns and cities; work toward real healthcare reform and make New York a business-friendly state again.”


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[2] Katz had labeled Silver as Joe Paterno: http://statepolitics.lohudblogs.com/2012/08/30/katz-compares-sheldon-silver-to-joe-paterno/

[3] a lawsuit that he settled involving the sexual harassment : http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2012/10/19/katz-knocks-silver-as-joe-paterno-settled-own-sexual-harassment-case/