New York State Sen. Jeff Klein Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

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In a memo following a preliminary investigation by his firm, Klein's attorney claims his client, staffers and Klein's girlfriend, Senator Diane Savino, were celebrating the passage of the state budget on March 31 almost 3 years ago. Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan said in a statement that, at least without a formal complaint being filed, the allegations would not be under the Senate's jurisdiction.

Both Klein and Savino said they recalled an "unusual" interaction with Vladimer in which she asked Klein to her family's home for Passover Seder, according to the memo, which was the product of 10 interviews with present and former staff.

Leader Jeff Klein is being accused of sexual harassment by one of his staffers.

"This never occurred", Savino said.

Savino added that she would have immediately taken action if she had seen or been told of the alleged assault that night.

She said it felt like it lasted forever, but in reality it was only a few seconds. But he leads a powerful faction of Democrats who have co-led the Senate in partnership with Republicans since 2012, even when Democrats have had more members than Republicans.

Vladimer claims Klein forced himself on her when the two stepped outside for a cigarette.

Late Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement calling for an independent investigation into the claims, as suggested by state Sen.

Klein said he welcomes an investigation into the matter, and he hired an attorney to conduct his own probe of the allegation.

Klein said Vladimer left his office in May 2015, and in a resignation letter, thanked him for the time working in his office.

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The senator, incumbent Jeff Klein, 57 years old, is a Democrat like Ms. Biaggi.

"Nobody there that night saw anything inappropriate happen because nothing did", Klein said.

"As a father, a husband and a son, I have fought to protect women throughout my entire life and will continue to do so", he said.

In her first public statement since the article was published, Vladimer said in a Facebook post that "legislation geared towards supporting and protecting victims is needed; laws protecting staff from becoming victims are necessary".

"I pulled away and I said, 'Senator, absolutely not, '" Vladimer told the Huffington Post. She denied the incident happened. Liz Krueger about whether or not to come forward.

"I find her to be a honest and credible person who was clearly very shaken about what happened to her that she made the decision to leave state government in Albany because of it", Krueger told HuffPost.

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, speaks during a news conference on ethics reforms legislation on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. "It was, he tried to use his power over me. because he thought he could, and he knew he could".

I hope to help the women who might have been in a similar situation and who left [politics] like I did, to realize that they're not alone and they're probably not done with all of the things they could get done in government.

Over the course of several conversations, Krueger and Vladimer explored whether to seek criminal charges against the senator, who Krueger said was still unknown to her. We have the Senate Dems who put out legislative packages on sexual harassment, and the governor saying he's.

Klein told reporters that he would not step down as leader of the IDC.