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Women advocates won’t comment on scandal

ALBANY — Women’s rights advocates lobbying the Legislature to make all private sector employers subject to sexual harassment laws wouldn’t say if their effort conflicts with the handling of an Assembly scandal that skirted Albany’s rules.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has admitted mistakes in handling claims against another assemblyman by secretly paying $103,000 in public money to women accusers. Silver avoided the Assembly’s policy but faced no sanctions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes making businesses with four or fewer employees subject to sexual harassment enforcement laws. They are now exempt.

A dozen advocates for Cuomo’s proposal refused to answer Tuesday when a reporter asked if they felt Cuomo’s proposal for private-sector employers flies in the face of Silver’s actions.