New sex harassment case surfaces in NY Assembly

AP report in Newsday quotes my remarks on the sexual harassment matter involving UES Assemblyman Micah Kellner and the Assembly lawyer accused of covering it up.

Former Democratic Assemblyman Michael Benjamin said [Assembly Counsel Bill] Collins was “no lone wolf” and that regular sexual harassment training required after past scandals makes the reporting process of even questionable accusations clear.

“Staff protect members out of reflex, but they know enough to keep the speaker in the loop,” said Benjamin, now a political commentator. “This episode doesn’t sound plausible to me. Lastly, it makes a mockery of our members and staff sexual harassment training sessions.”

The case is the latest in a string of sexual harassment and misconduct cases in the Assembly during the tenure of Silver, who has run the chamber since 1994 and is a powerful figure in Albany. He is still trying to recover from his own mishandling of sexual harassment claims last year against Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez of Brooklyn. Silver used public money to pay a secret $103,000 settlement to the accusers to end charges against Lopez.

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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1 Response to New sex harassment case surfaces in NY Assembly

  1. Dale Benjamin Drakeford says:

    It does indeed, Mike. Sex Harrassment Training? So the public is paying for our representatives to learn how to sexually harrass people. The results seem to indicate that we are getting a good bang from our tax dollar on this matter.


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