FILE - In this April 18, 2012 file photo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, speaks during an affordable housing news conference as Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, right,

 

              FILE - In this April 18, 2012 file photo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, speaks during an affordable housing news conference as Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, right,
FILE - In this April 18, 2012 file photo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, speaks during an affordable housing news conference as Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, right, listens at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Accusations of sexual harassment that emerged over the summer have unraveled in public before a state ethics committee, revealing more sexual misconduct accusations against Lopez and a secret six-figure payoff to the accusers with taxpayer money that was approved by Silver. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)