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Ethics panel meets as Assembly scandal grows

The state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics is scheduled to meet Monday amid a growing legislative sexual harassment scandal.  
 

J-COPE isn't issuing an agenda and won't confirm the scandal has been or will be discussed in the board's closed-door sessions.  

A special prosecutor is already investigating sexual harassment claims against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez as well as a settlement approved by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The settlement used $103,000 of public money to end the first set of accusations against Lopez.  

On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Silver and Senate leader Dean Skelos all made public statements that their appointees should vote to start an investigation.  
 

J-COPE board member Ravi Batra announced Friday that he had contacted federal agents to investigate corruption in J-COPE. Hours later, he resigned.