NYDailyNews reports that Veteran Assemblyman Keith Wright has been officially appointed to replace pervy Assemblyman Vito Lopez as the chairman of the chamber’s powerful housing committee.
Wright’s appointment, which had been long whispered, was among the committee chairmanships and leadership positions announced by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver just now.
Silver had stripped Lopez of his committee chairmanship and other legislative perks in late August after the Assembly Ethics Committee found sexual harassment accusations brought by two former staffers to the once powerful Brooklyn Democrat were credible.
Wright, a Harlem Democrat who had been the Assembly Labor Committee chairman, will be busy. Not only is he chairing the important committee, but he also is Gov. Cuomo’s hand-picked co-chairman of the state Democratic party.