Dispatches From Albany
Banning Bad Things
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.
“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.
When Lawyers Send Letters
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.
Earlier today, news broke that Square’s COO, Keith Rabois, had left the company. It was a strangely-timed departure, considering Square recently raised $200 million in a Series D. Now, the Wall Street Journal has broken the news that Mr. Rabois is embroiled in a sexual harassment claim from a fellow Square employee, and resigned so that the allegations would “not cause a distraction for the company.”
Are you sitting down? Okay, don’t freak out or anything, because we know you are still mad that we posted that investment banker’s very convincing letter about why you should go out with him again–People don’t grow on trees; on a minute-to-minute basis, you guys had the maximum amount of eye contact; if you didn’t find him attractive it would have been irrational for you to go out on a first date, ergo, you are attracted to him, etc.,– but we think you really should know that your other investment banker paramour (you know, the really creepy one) is in The New York Post today because of that time he followed you to London so that he could sexually harass you in a different accent and was also an Israeli spy?
Yeah, we don’t know what you saw in him, either.