Democratic State Sen. Daniel Squadron called on his Democratic colleague, State Sen. Malcolm Smith, to resign after he was arrested this morning and accused of orchestrating bribery scheme to land himself in the Republican mayoral primary.
“The charges outlined in today’s complaint are simply shocking,” Mr. Squadron, who’s also a candidate for public advocate this year, said in a statement earlier today. “This is something that belongs in ‘House of Cards,’ not an election to decide who will run our city or any part of our government. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal charges filed against Senator Smith, he has lost the public trust — and he should resign.” Continue reading “Dan Squadron Calls on Malcolm Smith to Resign for ‘House of Cards’ Plot”→
Assemblyman Vito Lopez, as expected, has announced his resignation as chair of Kings County Democratic Party. Contrary to some rumors circling about, however, he has vowed to remain in the State Assembly, despite being stripped of his seniority and staffing budget.
“I am announcing that I will not be seeking the position of party chair of the Kings County Democratic Party,” Mr. Lopez said in a statement this afternoon. “The onslaught of character attacks has put enormous emotional pressures on my family and close friends. I cannot sit by and allow that to continue. My political history has been to fight through challenges and political conflicts but, for the sake of loved ones and the Democratic Party, it is important that I take this action.”
“It saddens me to call on the Comptroller to resign, but I refuse to keep silent when the billions of dollars in pension funds that our public service employees entrust to our city are at stake,” Mr. Allon announced in a statement this morning.