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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.
Well, that escalated quickly.
Anonymous mailers currently being circulated on the Upper East Side attack City Council candidate Ben Kallos for being endorsed by Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist–or in the words of the mailer, “a child prostitution promoter”–among other charges.
Assemblyman Micah Kellner needs to go away. Quickly.
Last month, Mr. Kellner was defeated in bid to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for a City Council seat on the East Side. His campaign against eventual victory Ben Kallos was hard fought, but there was no question about the result. Mr. Kellner lost by 6 percentage points.
It was a rough night for redemption-seekers.
Four scandal-scarred candidates–Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Vito Lopez and Micah Kellner–all failed to win their bids last night, despite, in some of their cases, vaster war chests and soaring name recognition.
All four candidates succumbed to an onslaught of toxic press and apparent voter fatigue over the circus-like atmosphere of the election after Mr. Weiner and Mr. Spitzer jumped into the fray.
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.
Taxi Commissioner David Yassky and Assemblyman Micah Kellner mix it up, on Facebook.
Kellner chided the city’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” for being “the delivery van of yesterday.”
Yassky – a bookish, former law school professor with a dry sense of humor – wrote “And can we please schedule Read More
As Carolyn Maloney prepares to announce that she's running a primary campaign against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Maloney has left no doubt that she regards multi-candidate primary fields as an inherent good, and maybe even a right.
“People around the world watched and were inspired as people in Iran risked their lives to vote,” she Read More
ALBANY—Here's a funny exchange between Jim Tedisco and Danny O'Donnell during last night's Assembly debate on same-sex marriage.
It starts with O'Donnell, the bill's sponsor, agreeing to yield to Tedisco, saying, "For the congressman, anything."
"I wish," Tedisco replied, referencing his recent loss to Scott Murphy in good humor. "Read More
ALBANY—After four hours of debate and a technical problem that crashed the chamber's electronic voting mechanisms, the bill legalizing same-sex marriage passed the Assembly by a vote of 89 to 52.
The result–not a surprise, but a wider margin than in previous years–was greeted with applause from advocates in the overlooking Read More
Ben Kallos, who just filed paperwork to run for City Council on the East Side of Manhattan, will leave his job as chief of staff to Assemblyman Jonathan Bing in February, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
Kallos, in a brief telephone chat, declined to comment.
The East Side Read More