A crowded field of Democratic candidates for the 109th Assembly District attended a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and Spotlight Newspaper. Also in attendance was Republican Ted Danz who is fighting to gain the Independent line against Democrat Patricia Fahy.
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continued The county legislator was also the only Democrat to state that, if elected, he would not vote to retain Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver in his position in the wake of his involvement providing settlements connected to sexual harassment accusations against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
“We speak of being champions for women’s rights, but now we’re being admonished by the Republican Party,” Commisso said.
Other candidates said they would wait to pass judgment on Silver until they had seen the independent reports being performed, but called on Lopez to step down. However, Danz said there was “no doubt” Silver should lose his position because under the logic of most Democratic candidates, Lopez should not be asked to step down either until the reports are released.
“(Silver) is the poster boy for term limits and has got to go,” Danz said. “He admitted what he did and if someone stole that much money from me, I would fire him.”
Higgins agreed that somehow the settlement money needs to be returned to the taxpayers.
This year’s primary vote will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13. Conservative Party members will also get to vote in the race, with nominee Joseph Sullivan facing a write-in opportunity to ballot challenge.