Silver apology

New York News
7:55 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

New Sex Harassment Case Surfaces in NY Assembly

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new sexual harassment accusation in New York's Assembly was blocked from investigation by a lawyer who will be fired by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as the longtime leader continues to be dogged for mishandling other harassment claims.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat now running for New York City Council, was accused four years ago of inappropriate online communication with a young female staffer.

The accusation, including 15 pages of transcribed online chats, was reported to longtime Assembly lawyer Bill Collins.

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New York News
6:13 am
Tue May 21, 2013

NY Speaker Issues Apologizes For Sex Harass Case

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has issued an apology for his handling of a sexual harassment case that spanned years involving at least four women staffers before it was detected.

Silver specifically apologized for the $103,000 secret settlement he crafted last summer to end the first accusations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez and for failing to stop subsequent incidents claimed by more women staffers.

"That I allowed this system to be bypassed in the first instance, even though I believed we were acting in good faith, was a failure on my part," said Silver.

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