NEW HARTFORD – Albany politician Anthony Brindisi has surrounded himself with shady individuals and today Claudia Tenney’s campaign is reminding voters that Brindisi voted for Sheldon Silver to be Assembly Speaker even after he created a secret fund to settle sexual harassment claims.
“Throughout his life, Anthony Brindisi has surrounded himself with corrupt people so it’s no surprise he voted for Sheldon Silver to be Assembly Speaker even after Silver betrayed women and attempted to silence sexual harassment victims with taxpayer money,” said Claudia Tenney campaign manager Raychel Renna. “Unlike Brindisi, Tenney never voted for Sheldon Silver to be Speaker and was the first person to call for Silver to step down after the sexual harassment scandal and in Washington she’ll continue to drain the swamp just like she did in Albany.”
On November 14, 2012, Brindisi voted for Sheldon Silver to be Speaker of the New York State Assembly. (H.R. 1, New York State Assembly, 11/14/12)
On December 15, 2014, Brindisi voted for Sheldon Silver to be Speaker of the New York State Assembly. (JC Roll Call, New York State Assembly, 12/15/14)
According To The Utica Observer-Dispatch’s Elizabeth Cooper, Brindisi Was The Last Local Official To Weigh In On The Matter Of Silver’s Resignation. “Silver was fighting to keep his grip on power Monday amid widening calls for his resignation in the wake of federal corruption charges. As of 9 p.m., Democratic lawmakers were still meeting behind closed doors in Albany to discuss the situation, uncertain whether they could reach a decision before the growing winter storm outside forced them to leave for the night. The last local official to weigh in on the matter was Assembly Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, who declined to comment Monday afternoon but later came out in favor of Silver’s resignation.” (Elizabeth Cooper, “Local State GOP Leaders Call For Silver To Resign,” Observer-Dispatch, 1/26/15)
Brindisi supported Sheldon Silver after it was disclosed that he approved of a secret settlement payment to sexual harassment claims against Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-NY). “The latest scandal to hit the State Assembly has engulfed Speaker Sheldon Silver, the Legislature’s most powerful Democrat, as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other elected officials on Tuesday called for an investigation into the Assembly’s handling of sexual harassment claims against a prominent assemblyman, including a secret settlement payment of more than $100,000. Even as Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, the man at the center of the scandal, agreed to give up his power base as chairman of the Democratic Party in Brooklyn, it was Mr. Silver’s decision to make the payment and keep the allegations against Mr. Lopez secret that drew the most outrage. Public advocacy and women’s groups, and even some Democratic lawmakers, expressed shock that the state would pay so much without public disclosure. Governor Cuomo — who had previously called for Mr. Lopez’s resignation over a separate set of allegations — became the most prominent voice calling for an ethics investigation as well.” (Danny Hakim, Michael M. Grynbaum, and William K. Rashbaum, “Assembly Leader Admits Fault As Critics Assail Secret Payoff,” The New York Times, 8/28/12)