BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The State Public Officer's Law allows elected leaders to be represented by the state in lawsuits that arise in connection with the work they do as lawmakers.
But when it comes to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Buffalo lawmaker says not so fast.
State Assemblyman Mickey Kearns sent a letter to state attorney general Eric Schneiderman asking why public dollars are being used to defend Silver in two sexual harassment lawsuits when his actions disqualify him from having that protection.
Silver has admitted to secretly paying off women who made sexual harassment claims.
"When you're in public office and you violate the rules... And he admittedly violated the rules... I don't think we should be paying taxpayers money to defend him. If this was the first time? This was the second time the third time-- this is an on-going thing with the corruption in Albany and I'm not going to stand for it and I don't want to be a part of it," said Kearns.
We reached out to Attorney General Schneiderman for comment, but he declined.
A spokesperson sent an email however saying that the State is only funding the Speaker's representation. The AG's office will not be representing him.