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.
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.