Anthony Weiner Admits to Post-Scandal Sexting at Emergency Press Conference

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin. (Photo: Getty)
Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin. (Photo: Getty)

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, reeling from bombshell allegations that he continued sexting despite his resignation-inducing scandal, admitted to the most salacious detail this evening: That he continued contacting young women after his resignation, the birth of his son and a glossy People magazine spread that proclaimed him a different man.

With his wife, Huma Abedin, standing resolute by his side, Mr. Weiner told more than 100 reporters and photographers crammed into a midtown office building that he continued his lewd behavior for well over a year after resigning from congress.

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Joe Lhota Goes After Anthony Weiner in Fund-Raising Pitch

Anthony Weiner launching his mayoral campaign. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Anthony Weiner launching his mayoral campaign. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

This morning, former MTA Chair Joe Lhota became the first major mayoral candidate to directly go after Anthony Weiner in a strongly-worded fund-raising pitch, perhaps providing a taste of what could be a heated general election pairing.

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Dan Halloran Loses Another Staffer

Dan Halloran, at a happier time, announcing for Congress last year.
Dan Halloran, at a happier time, announcing a congressional bid last year.

Embattled Councilman Dan Halloran, whom federal prosecutors have charged with quarterbacking a bribery scheme to rig the mayor’s race, is having trouble holding staff members.

First, Mr. Halloran’s legislative director, John Mulvey, bailed, followed by his chief of staff, Chrissy Voskerichian. And today, Kevin Ryan, Mr. Halloran’s spokesman, just did the same.

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Poll: New Yorkers Don’t Want Daughters Interning for State Legislature

Sheldon Silver. (Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)
Sheldon Silver. (Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

A slim majority of  New York voters think Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver should resign over his mishandling of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal, according to a new poll out Wednesday, which also found most parents want their daughters steering clear of Albany.

The Quinnipiac poll found that 51 percent of those surveyed think Mr. Silver should step down from office, versus just 22 percent who feel he should remain. The feeling was especially high among men, suburban voters and Republicans.

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An Apologetic Shelly Silver Tries to Fix Albany’s Sexual Harassment Problem

Sheldon Silver. (Photo: Getty Images)
Sheldon Silver. (Photo: Getty Images)

Facing growing calls for his resignation, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, surrounded by an army of loyal supporters, apologized for his handling of the Vito Lopez allegations and announced a series of reforms to ensure, he said, that such mistakes will never be made again.

“I want New Yorkers to know I care deeply about this institution and its employees, that I remain dedicated to our core commission of protecting those who are most in need of a strong and caring government,” Mr. Silver told reporters at a press conference in Albany hours after Mr. Lopez officially resigned.

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Governor Cuomo Talks Scandals and Sex

Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that voters don’t blame him for the scandals sweeping Albany, joking that nobody could have expected him to ban sex.

Speaking during an appearance on WCNY’s “Capitol Pressroom” earlier today, Mr. Cuomo was asked about a new poll that shows that, despite the recent scandals–including Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s resignation following sexual harassment allegations–his numbers have ticked slightly up.

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Making Vito Lopez Disappear

The sign outside Ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez's office has already been removed. (Photo: Twitter/@thomaskaplan)
The sign outside Ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s office has already been removed. (Photo: Twitter/@thomaskaplan)

Ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s resignation became effective at 9 a.m. this morning, and Assembly officials wasted little time scrubbing all traces of the disgraced legislator online and in Albany.

Mr. Lopez’s official government website has already been removed, as has his official Assembly email address. (“Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently,” a message read.) By 10:30 a.m., the nameplate outside his Legislative Office Building had also been removed–apparently forcibly, per a photo tweeted by The New York Times‘ Thomas Kaplan. His name will also be removed from his floor seat, an official said.

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