Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office has (finally) released a statement aimed at explaining its role in the growing sexual harassment scandal surrounding Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

The Democratic-led Assembly authorized a $103,000 settlement that was signed off on by DiNapoli’s office. But DiNapoli’s office in a statement released this afternoon says it was not part of the settlement negotiations and the comptroller himself was no aware of it.

Their statement:

On June 13, 2012, the Office of the State Comptroller processed an electronic payment voucher for legal services for the Assembly. Prior to this, Assembly Majority Counsel William Collins contacted OSC General Counsel Nancy Groenwegen regarding a pending legal settlement with questions related to income tax implications. We were not asked nor did we provide any opinion on the merits of the settlement. The Comptroller’s office was not a party to the negotiations. At no time was this matter brought to the Comptroller’s personal attention.