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Protesters slammed Assemblyman Vito Lopez at a fund-raiser for his possible council run, claiming the fact Albany legislators have punished the powerful pol for sexual harassment is reason enough to keep him out of city politics.

The longtime Lopez critics at the New Kings Democrats and the politician’s new foes at the National Organization for Women chanted slogans including “Vito: scum, Lopez: bum” and “put him in jail, not the city council” outside of Giando on the Water, where former Brooklyn party boss held his first gathering for potential donors for his rumored run.

Activists booed guests as they walked down the long driveway to the banquet hall until police put up barricades to separate protesters from patrons.

Lopez is eying the council seat after a state ethics panel stripped him of all of the perks of Albany seniority for breaking state harassment rules by groping, attempting to kiss, and engaging in sexually charged discussions with employees. The Staten Island District Attorney is investigating the pol’s behavior to determine whether or not he violated criminal laws.

The Assemblyman did not confront the demonstrators, but released a written statement that stresses the fact he has not yet decided whether or not he will run for council, and paints the protest — which was led by longtime Lopez foe and former Williamsburg Democratic district leader Lincoln Restler — as driven by politics, not morals.

“One must wonder why all this effort, energy and resources is being utilized to stop an election challenge and not allow a discussion on important issues vital to the 34th council district,” Lopez said.

If he runs, the former Dem boss’s biggest rival will be council hopeful Antonio Reynoso, a protege of Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D–Williamsbu­rg) — who is no ally to Lopez herself.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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Reasonable discourse

marsha rimler from brooklyn says:
Good going Lincoln
Now what is your position on the handing over of our library to private developers. I have heard that you are wobbly on this due to family ties. What exactly is your position on destroying the cadman plaza branch ,giving the land to private development,downsizing it and putting what seems to be at least half of a much smaller library in an underground closet?
April 19, 2013, 5:04 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Is Cadman plaza part of a Williamsburg city council district now, Marsha, or do you just like to ramble?

Let me state that in a different way that won't invite another unhinged comment: Cadman Plaza has nothing to do with Williamsburg's council seat, and Marsha Rimler just likes to ramble.
April 19, 2013, 8:54 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
Lets keep N.Y. City council molester-free zone say NO to Vito......
April 19, 2013, 11:16 am
Marsha Rimler from brooklyn says:
Mike
The plan is for all of the Brooklyn Libraries.
This has already been discussed with Lincoln by some in the save the libraries group and he is quite wobbly.
Lincoln grew up in the Heights and his family lives there. He will probably be raising ALOT of money in the Heights when he runs for city council or another office and needs to be held accountable on this most important issue
April 19, 2013, Noon
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Marsha, get some perspective. The word "most" shouldn't appear anywhere near "important issue" when talking about in what type of building libraries will be housed. Even that guy who ran for mayor on the The Rent Is Too Damn High ticket had a better grasp of what's important than you do.
April 19, 2013, 1:49 pm
Ms. P from Brooklyn says:
It is unthinkable that Vito Lopez even has the cajones to consider a run for another office. That shows total disrespect for the office of city council and the people of Brooklyn.
April 19, 2013, 6:17 pm
Ms. P from Brooklyn says:
It is unthinkable that Vito Lopez even has the cajones to consider a run for another office. That shows total disrespect for the office of city council and the people of Brooklyn.
April 19, 2013, 6:17 pm
Marsha Rimler from Brooklyn says:
Mike
Insults do not make you right.. They are just insults
April 19, 2013, 11:54 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
A dearth of housing and an unemployment rate above 8% make me right, Marsha. I'm not just picking 2 issues out of a hat that are more important. The plans to put libraries in buildings address both the housing issue and the unemployment issue.
April 22, 2013, 8:30 am
Marsha Rimler from Brooklyn says:
Mike... Can you explain that?????
April 22, 2013, 8:46 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Sure, Marsha. I'll pretend you're not just playing dumb. If you build residential buildings, people have places to live. If you build residential buildings, people get jobs building them. It's not that complicated.
April 22, 2013, 11:20 am
roy from Bushwick says:
Senator Kruger helped Developers with funding, they called bribery. When Vito Lopez(Lopesino) does the same thing, they call it consultant fee.(read "anatomy of a bad deal, by Henry Stern)
April 25, 2013, 12:58 pm

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