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Councilman Lew Fidler is in Assemblyman Vito Lopez's corner

Marine Park councilman says embattled Assemblyman helped him in a time of need

Brooklyn Daily

Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez rushed to the aid of Councilman Lew Fidler when the Marine Park Democratic district leader was misdiagnosed with leukemia in July, the grateful city legislator said this week as he warned colleagues not to judge a book by its cover — even one being investigated for sexually harassing female staffers.

Fidler (DMarine Park) told more than 1,500 Facebook friends on Tuesday night that when his doctors said the anemia he was suffering from might be the onset of the potentially fatal blood disease he turned to Lopez, a leukemia survivor.

Lopez introduced Fidler to the top doctors at Sloan Kettering Hospital, who discovered that the councilman didn’t have leukemia, but the kidney problems he suffered in March during the state senate run he lost to David Storobin had resurfaced.

Fidler was happy that Lopez interceded on his behalf.

“We should never judge someone as all good or all bad,” Fidler said. “Vito did this for me despite the fact that we have had sharp differences in the past.”

Democratic leaders from across the borough have been demanding Lopez step down after he was censured for allegedly groping, attempting to kiss, and starting sexually charged discussions with staffers.

Lopez agreed to give up his position as Democratic party boss, but is refusing to give up his Assembly seat.

“Outside individuals and interest groups have asked for me to resign,” Lopez wrote in a curt, all-caps message to reporters on Tuesday. “I believe the people should decide who should represent them. I will not capitulate to those self-serving tactics and demands.”

To Fidler, who was laid up in the hospital for more than two weeks when an allergic reaction to his gout medication wrecked havoc on his kidneys earlier this year, the misdiagnosis — and the possibility of having a few years to live was a sobering experience.

“Your bucket list changes when you are facing certain and impending death,” he said. “I can’t say that seeing the penguins on the Galapagos Islands seemed that important anymore.”

His kidney problems require repeat dialysis treatments, but Fidler said that’s not going to stop him from serving out his council term, which ends next year.

“You will have Lew Fidler to kick around, folks, for better or for worse, just not for about three and a half hours for three early mornings every week,” he assured his Facebook followers.

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anywho says:
Just shameful. Lew, you should have kept that to yourself.
Sept. 5, 2012, 9:42 am
frank from furter says:
I am no fan of Vito who clearly is a bully. But the first set of complaints that were settled are of really no great moment. He uses staff to work on his campaigns. He wants staff to dress sexually for events and stroke his ego(not his body). While you can disagree with that look at almost every commercial on tv. none of these are criminal...and would not have gotten those employees one cent in court-in my opinion. The second set= force-able sexual touching- are a different matter. They are criminal and not swept under the rug either. As I said I don't like Vito and I am sure he doesn't like me either but there have not been rumors of his doing this before. there are rumors about others in the political field. It seems that these are of recent origin. Vito as most people know has had a recent bout of cancer. The medication he has been given has been known to cause personality changes before to others. it doesn't excuse it but it may explain it.
Sept. 5, 2012, 10:32 am
Shaun from Marine Park says:
The first thing Fidler says in months is that he supports a sexual attacker! Please stop saying he is from Marine Park. It is a joke that this clown is still in office. Lew don't go away mad just go away. With people like Krugar and Lopez as your friends it is a wonder you have only been caught abusing your parking permit Lew. I'm not saying your a criminal, I'm just surprised that in the company you keep as friends you have never been accused as being dirty yourself.
Sept. 5, 2012, 3:59 pm
Bill from Glendale says:
Bye. Vito. U will be convicted. U cross the line when u touched. Those young ladies. Ladies. Don't give in sue and press charges go to jail Vito u think this is a joke. It's over. U r. A bully. Get a life. I always said god don't like ungly. Stop hinding. N sending notes. It a piece. Of ....
Sept. 5, 2012, 7:21 pm

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