Senator Chuck Schumer has joined fellow Democrats calling for New York State Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign amidst allegations from female staffers that Lopez sexually harassed them.
The Daily News reports Schumer is proposing Albany pass a resolution demanding Lopez relinquish his Assembly seat.
The senator said, "If the vote is 149-0, I think he’d have to step down."
Despite major pressure to quit from other high-ranking officials, including Governor Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Lopez released a fiery statement this week revealing he has no intention to step down.
In all-caps, the statement read, "I WILL NOT CAPITULATE TO THOSE SELF-SERVING TACTICS AND DEMANDS."
Despite what appears to be a unified front calling for Lopez's resignation, however, Silver has acknowledged the political realities of forcing him out, and said there is "probably nothing" that can be done.
Silver himself is under scrutiny for using $105,000 in taxpayer money to settle a previous harassment case in which two women accused Lopez of sexual harassment.
Since the wake of the allegations, multiple women employed with Lopez have come forward to describe inappropriate sexual advances made by the 71-year-old assemblyman. One allegation says