Micah Kellner Not Seeking Re-election

Micah Kellner. (Photo: Facebook)
Micah Kellner. (Photo: Facebook)

Upper East Side Assemblyman Micah Kellner is not seeking re-election, he said this evening.

Mr. Kellner first announced the news at his home Democratic club and subsequently confirmed his intentions in a brief phone interview with Politicker.  Continue reading “Micah Kellner Not Seeking Re-election”

Micah Kellner’s Re-election Hits Financial Hurdles

Micah Kellner (Photo: Facebook)
Micah Kellner. (Photo: Facebook)

Assemblyman Micah Kellner, still reeling from sexual harassment allegations, has not raised a single cent for his re-election bid since last summer.

Mr. Kellner raised nothing and spent $31,400 over the last six months, according to his latest state campaign finance filing. That leaves him with just $92.26 in his campaign account–a significant financial disadvantage against a slate of already better-funded rivals if he seeks another term representing the Upper East Side. Continue reading “Micah Kellner’s Re-election Hits Financial Hurdles”

Gus Christensen Brings Nearly $400K to Assembly Run

Gus Christensen with Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos.
Gus Christensen with Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos.

The race for Micah Kellner’s Upper East Side assembly seat is already on track to becoming one of the most expensive contests in the state.

One candidate, Cory Evans, will file with $250,000 in his campaign account, Politicker reported earlier today. And it turns out that even that amount–relatively immense for an assembly race–will be overshadowed by the sum raised by a second candidate, business executive Gus Christensen, who will report a haul of nearly $400,000, according to a source close to him. Continue reading “Gus Christensen Brings Nearly $400K to Assembly Run”

New Challenger Emerges for Micah Kellner

Corey Evans. (Photo: Evans campaign)
Corey Evans. (Evans campaign)

Assemblyman Micah Kellner will have a fight on his hands if he wants to keep his Upper East Side seat.

Cory Evans, an adjunct professor at Baruch College and a former chess prodigy, will likely be joining the scrum of candidates challenging Mr. Kellner, a lawmaker reeling from sexual harassment allegations. Continue reading “New Challenger Emerges for Micah Kellner”

Another Candidate Moves to Challenge Kellner

Ben Kallos, who defeated Micah Kellner for City Council last year, and Gus Christensen. (Photo: Facebook)
Ben Kallos, who defeated Micah Kellner for City Council last year, and Gus Christensen. (Photo: Facebook)

Assemblyman Micah Kellner, battling sexual harassment allegations, appears to have a new opponent for his Upper East Side seat.

Business executive Gus Christensen said today he is “considering” a run for office and released a statement slamming Mr. Kellner. Sources say Mr. Christensen, who recently hired Red Horse Strategies to represent him, is likely to take the plunge. Continue reading “Another Candidate Moves to Challenge Kellner”

Micah Kellner Punished After Assembly Investigates Harassment Allegations

Assemblyman Micah Kellner. (Photo: Facebook)
Micah Kellner. (Photo: Facebook)

Assemblyman Micah Kellner has been publicly admonished and stripped of his committee chairmanship following an Assembly Ethics and Guidance Committee investigation into allegations that he’d sexually harassed a female staffer in 2009.

In a vague letter released this evening by Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver’s office, the committee said comments made by Mr. Kellner in both 2009 and 2011 “together with other conduct, created a hostile work environment” that violated the Assembly’s sexual harassment policy. Continue reading “Micah Kellner Punished After Assembly Investigates Harassment Allegations”