Kearns Leaving Democratic Conference, Calls for Silver to Step Down

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Buffalo assemblyman Mickey Kearns is leaving the Democratic Conference.

Kearns is crossing the aisle in response to the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.

In addition, Kearns wants assembly leader Sheldon Silver, after a report showed Silver entered into a confidential settlement with two of the women who complained about Lopez.

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