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”

Bill de Blasio Confident About Pre-K Agenda After Meeting With Assembly Democrats

Bill de Blasio and Speaker Sheldon Silver at a de Blasio campaign event in October.
Bill de Blasio and Shelly Silver at a de Blasio campaign event in October.

If there were any lingering doubts that the Democratic-controlled State Assembly would get behind Bill de Blasio’s legislative agenda, they were dispelled today, according to the mayor-elect. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Confident About Pre-K Agenda After Meeting With Assembly Democrats”

Inez Barron Vies for Husband’s Council Seat With a Slightly Different Tune

Assemblywoman Inez Barron. (Photo: NYS Assembly)
Inez Barron. (Photo: NYS Assembly)

Councilman Charles Barron can be described in many ways, but demure and dispassionate typically aren’t on the list.

The bombastic councilman, for instance, launched his unsuccessful bid for Congress last year by declaring, “I don’t care what they say, I’m still not saluting the flag!” In the halls of Washington, Mr. Barron vowed he’d continue to “stand up for Robert Mugabe, who’s an African hero–taking land back from white people who stole the land from us in the first place!”

Now, after 12 years as a constant presence at press conferences and rallies, the term-limited eastern Brooklyn councilman will be forced out of office. But he hopes his wife, Inez Barron, an assemblywoman with identical ideological stripes, can cement the Barron legacy.

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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”

Shelly Silver Suggests Expelling Vito Lopez From Assembly

Speaker Sheldon Silver. (Photo: Getty)
Speaker Sheldon Silver. (Photo: Getty)

Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver’s office released a statement late Thursday suggesting for the first time that disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez could be expelled from office following the damning Joint Commission on Public Ethics report.

Per the statement, Mr. Silver intends to introduce a resolution tomorrow asking the Assembly’s Ethics & Guidance Committee to “recommend appropriate sanctions including expulsion” against Mr. Lopez following the report, which detailed what City Council Speaker Christine Quinn described as “nauseating” conduct with young female staffers.

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Governor Cuomo Denies Plot to Oust Shelly Silver

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Although the New York Post ran a front-page story today reporting that Governor Andrew Cuomo is seriously considering a coup d’etat against influential Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, the governor himself is denying any such scheme exists.

“It is wholly up to the legislative bodies to select a leader,” Mr. Cuomo said on The Capitol Pressroom this morning. “I would never, even for a moment, try to influence that decision.”

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