Vito takes leave of absence to battle cancer

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Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez will take a leave of absence to undergo four days of radiation treatments next week to combat another outbreak of cancer.

The scandal-tarred lawmaker and just-re-elected Brooklyn Democratic Party chairman will also need to be in isolation for five days after his cancer therapy, which begins on Oct. 7.

On Monday, Lopez’s spokeswoman Debra Feinberg confirmed this newspaper’s report that Lopez’s cancer had returned after years in remission, adding that her boss underwent surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center two months ago to combat the recurrence of the disease.

“Assemblyman Lopez will be out of action only for the amount of time that most people go on vacation, and he will be available by phone for the duration of the treatment,” said Feinberg. “He will certainly not be stepping down as county [party] chairman. And his staff will be able to carry out all necessary duties until the Assemblyman has recovered.”

Lopez’s treatment includes four days of intensive nuclear radiation and five days of “complete isolation.”

It is unclear how long Lopez’s recovery is expected to take, but Feinberg said that he’s not worried. “The Assemblyman’s expectation is to successfully fight the most recent occurrence of cancer just has he has for two decades,” she said.

The latest setback for Lopez comes amid three investigations into the finances of the nonprofit he founded, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council.

Lopez has not been directly connected to the city’s investigation, but sources believe that two federal probes are looking into Lopez’s relationship with the nonprofit and for-profit developers that have constructed dozens of residential buildings containing more than 1,000 apartments since 1976.

The Department of Investigation recently found egregious fraud at the nonprofit, including bad record keeping, board members who had no clue about how the organization was run, services that the city funded yet were never actually provided, and huge salaries for Lopez’s girlfriend and his campaign treasurer at Ridgewood Bushwick.

In addition, Lopez was criticized last month for calling a city official to demand that he provide evidence in an election case.

And this week, a Ridgewood Bushwick building superintendent came forward to say that he was fired for supporting a political rival during last year’s contentious city council campaign.

Updated 5:20 pm, July 9, 2018
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ch` from bh says:
this is just the part in the movie where you think the vampire is dead.

if you don't put a stake through its heart, its not dead, people.
Sept. 27, 2010, 11:53 pm
Alvin from DUMBO says:
As sad as it may be - cancer's never the easy way out - I'm still wondering if my tax money isn't paying for those radiation treatments.
It might convince me to look the other way if I were to be paid $659,591/y for for 17.5h/w, like someone's girlfriend. Heck, I might even settle for 600k @ 18h, I'm generous like that.

Gotta buy an oaken stake.
Sept. 28, 2010, 2:59 am
Hopper from Los S-S says:
Sad, but, if Vito's involved, be suspicious. What the hell is "complete isolation?" Don't sound like no cancer treatment I ever heard of
Sept. 28, 2010, 8:14 am
X ODA Employee from Williamsburg says:
Why is only Vito Bushwick being attacked? The ODA at 12 Heyward St in williamsburg is doing the same. Hershel Kestenbaum who is senile somehow writes checks, his son Louis Kestenbaum pays himself close to ONE MILLION a year working part time who btw was indicted for numerous felonies but somehow manages to get $80 Million a year in funding that very few know where the money ends up, his family all have high paying jobs for show and no show jobs . Why is not the ODA being investigated?
Sept. 28, 2010, 8:31 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
Its not that unusual for some one to be isolation after a procedure. Chemo and radiation destroys much of the immune system and it takes sometime to rebuild. So being in isolation may be a good precaution.
Memorial Sloane Kettering is on the knife's edge of procedures and if they suggest it, I would follow what they said.
Sept. 28, 2010, 10:48 am
Ken from Bushwick says:
he dosent have cancer " Vito is the cancer"!!!!!
Sept. 28, 2010, 11:54 am
Lisa from Brooklyn NY says:
The ODA at 12 heyward St Brooklyn NY lists its president as Zvi Kestenbaum pays himself just from the Health program evey year $415,970 Plus he also gets a similar amout from the weatherization program . His son is listed as CEO Louis Kestenbaum an indicted felon pays himself a similar amount. Zvi Kestenbaum is fully senile, he has no idea if its day or night and he gets all this money . Its a scandal of epic proportion. This information is public its all available for free on Guidestar.Com
Sept. 28, 2010, 4:08 pm
Long Time Resident from Bushwick says:
As I previously predicted, everytime something negative about "Mr. Lopez" surfaces he plays the cancer card. I'm not saying that perhaps he doesn't have cancer, but it doesn't seem to bother him when he is bullying the residents of Bushwick to vote his way. It's really a shame....If the Attorney General really wants to know the truth, he should go over the signatures "Mr. Lopez" has submitted and speak to those constituents directly. The residents of Bushwick can really give him an earful.
Sept. 29, 2010, 8:54 am
Kenn Lowy from Bklyn Hts says:
I'm no fan of Vito and think he should be run out town. But cancer is no joke and even his enemies should understand what a horrible disease cancer is. Have a little class people!
Oct. 3, 2010, 11:22 am
Mark from Brooklyn says:
ODA Is great.........
June 5, 2013, 7:32 am

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