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”

Assemblyman to Introduce Bill to Close Unpaid Intern Harassment Loophole

Joe Borelli. (Photo: Facebook)
Joe Borelli. (Photo: Facebook)

“This should be filed under the category of ‘How is this not a law already?’” Assemblyman Joe Borelli declared today.

Mr. Borelli, a Staten Island Republican, was reacting to today’s news that a federal judge recently dismissed a harassment suit filed by Lihuan Wang, a former intern at Phoenix Satellite Television’s New York bureau, because, as an unpaid intern, she apparently didn’t have standing in the case.

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Ben Kallos Skewers Micah Kellner in Anonymous Mailer

The anti-Kellner mailer from the Kallos camp.
The anti-Kellner mailer from the Kallos camp.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner’s leading rival doesn’t want the Upper East Side to forget about his summer scandal as the two candidates battle for an open City Council seat.

In a new, biting campaign mailer, rival Ben Kallos blasts Mr. Kellner for admitting to sending inappropriate communications to a female staffer and allegations of even more misconduct. “Those around Kellner tried to bury the charges, keeping them secret for years as the harassment continued–a massive Albany cover-up over which one Assembly lawyer has already been forced to resign,” the mailer rages.

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Kellner Touts Maloney’s Endorsement Despite Condemnation

A mailer featuring Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s endorsement of Assemblyman Micah Kellner.

Just like magic, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney can disappear and reappear again–at least on campaign mailings.

When Assemblyman Micah Kellner, now running for an Upper East Side City Council seat, confessed last month to inappropriate conduct with a former staffer years ago, many of his endorsers bailed. His campaign then awkwardly removed the supporters’ names, including Ms. Maloney’s, by covering them with white stickers. But now she’s back.

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Two State Senators Rescind Their Micah Kellner Endorsements

A sheet touting Assemblyman Micah Kellner's council endorsements. Councilwoman Jessica Lappin's appears covered up.
Kellner campaign literature with Councilwoman Lappin’s name removed.
Assemblyman Micah Kellner’s campaign for Councilwoman Jessica Lappin’s Upper East Side seat just lost a few more supporters.

Joining Ms. Lappin, State Senators José Serrano and Brad Hoylman withdrew their support of Mr. Kellner following revelations that he had sexually harassed a former staffer.

“The news surrounding Assemblymember Micah Kellner is indeed troubling. In light of this news, I along with my colleague, Senator Brad Hoylman, will be rescinding our endorsements of Micah for the City Council seat he’s seeking,” Mr. Serrano said in an email to Politicker. Continue reading “Two State Senators Rescind Their Micah Kellner Endorsements”

Micah Kellner Campaigns After New Harassment Revelations

Assemblyman Kellner campaigns with his wife.
Assemblyman Kellner campaigns with his wife.

The controversy never seems to end in New York City politics.

Upper East Side Assemblyman Micah Kellner–one of the few Assembly Democrats to criticize Speaker Shelly Silver’s handling of the Vito Lopez scandal–is now facing sexual harassment allegations of his own.

The City Council candidate was allegedly the subject of a sexual harassment complaint made by a female staffer four years ago. But, according to the New York Times, the complaint was never referred to the Assembly’s ethics committee, prompting the dismissal of a top Assembly lawyer, Bill Collins.

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‘Thank God for Shelly Silver’: Speaker Receives a Little Love in Queens

Shelly Silver in Albany. (Photo: Getty)
Shelly Silver in Albany. (Photo: Getty)

At a Democratic club meeting in Queens last night, Councilman Danny Dromm said progressives should “thank God” for embattled Assembly Speaker Sheldon Speaker, not revile him.

“Thank God for Shelly Silver,” Mr. Dromm said to his group, the News Visions Democratic Club in Jackson Heights, when the discussion shifted to Albany politics. “A lot of conservative stuff that might have happened didn’t happen. I don’t know what his prospects are for the Assembly, but we’ll see.” Continue reading “‘Thank God for Shelly Silver’: Speaker Receives a Little Love in Queens”