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3) Vito Lopez Steps Down
Embattled Brooklyn Democratic Party Leader Vito Lopez—the kind of political-machine animal who seems unstoppable—was forced to leave his office in August amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Lopez had been in politics for decades and seemed untouchable, despite obvious ties to corruption. His influence is still felt in Brooklyn politics, but, hopefully, this is the beginning of a new era for the Brooklyn Democratic machine.