Woman accuses NY state senator of sexual misconduct

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 13, 2018

Jeff Klein, of the Bronx. "Klein denied a former staff member's statement that he had "'Shoved his tongue' down her throat" outside an Albany bar while State Sen. He has no plans of stepping down as the influential leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of eight Democrats who caucus with Republicans. Vladimer told the HuffPost she kept silent about the alleged incident out of shame.

Last week, Cuomo proposed new measures to address sexual harassment claims in state government.

Vladimer worked for Klein from 2013 to 2015, starting as a fellow and later becoming a policy analyst and counsel for the IDC. Vladimer left her job just a few months later and now works for the city's Independent Budget Office.

"We fully support the fearless women that have come forward in this historic moment to bring sexual misconduct to the forefront of our national conversation", the letter read.

The head of the Senate ethics committee, Republican State Sen. In a one-page letter, he notes his attorney has been interviewing current and former staffers about the allegation since January 4. Klein has said he welcomes any investigation.

After the alleged incident, Vladimer said she approached Democratic state Sen.

She explained that the incident occurred on April 1, 2015, after the state budget passed and she went to a bar in Albany to celebrate with several colleagues. She denied the incident happened.

In an open Facebook post Thursday, Vladimer said Klein "abused his power by violating my body, and ultimately my mind and soul".

"Albany has a reputation for being a town with a lot of powerful men and a lot of young staffers who are women, with a reputation for sexual harassment being a problem".

Klein's lawyer, Michael Zweig, admits Klein and Vladimer were at the bar together that night, and even that they went out to smoke a cigarette.

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The leader of the State Senate, John Flanagan, says the chamber does not have the jurisdiction to investigate the charges, because the accuser is no longer a Senate employee, and no formal complaint has been filed.

"There were other people there, there were other staff members smoking".

Klein allies also pushed for quick action. Krueger that this disturbing situation should be investigated, and I believe it shoudl be done immediately and independently. "We have the Senate Dems, who put out legislative packages on sexual harassment, and the governor saying he's going to discuss proposals". "What I realized, and what took me a very long time ― too long ― to realize, is that there is nothing I could have done differently".

"The following day after March 31st, I heard a rumor from a staffer of mine as to the alleged incident". But he said he dismissed the rumor because it wasn't true. "She actually wrote me a letter of resignation.to thank me".

An investigation could be done by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, headed by Cuomo's appointees.

But now an important ally of the Democratic Party in statewide elections, the Working Families Party, and some progressive Democrats are urging that Klein be removed from his leadership role until an investigation into the misconduct allegation is completed.

Three IDC members - including Sen.

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.

Sonia Ossorio, the president of the National Organization for Women-New York, has also called for an investigation into the allegation.

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