A Lawsuit, and a Reminder of the Boxley Affair

In a development that may prove to be a nuisance in every sense of the word, a lawsuit has been filed against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a former aide for using $480,000 in state funds to settle allegations of sexual misconduct against the aide, Michael Boxley.

The suit, filed yesterday by attorney Robert McKay on behalf of "taxpayer" Joseph Santora, says, "The undeniably correct ruling that Boxley’s rape activities did not fall within the scope of his employment makes utterly incongruous the subsequent payment of $480,000 of NYS taxpayers' money on behalf of the culprits to settle the Jane Doe action."

It goes on to say, "It is not the compensation of Jane Doe that is at issue here. It is the source of that compensation that was the wrongful act. It should have come from the pockets of Messrs. Silver and Boxley, and not from the taxpayers of New York.”

Calls to McKay's law office yesterday were not returned. A spokesman for Silver, Charles Carrier, told me yesterday he could not comment because they had not seen the lawsuit.