Woman accuses NY state senator of sexual misconduct

Woman accuses NY state senator of sexual misconduct”

Jeff Klein and his colleague, Senator Diane Savino, issued a pre-emptive strike against an article in The Huffington Post where the unnamed former female staffer says Klein forcibly kissed her on the sidewalk outside an Albany bar on March 31, 2015, the night the state budget was approved.

Mr. Klein's group, the Independent Democratic Conference, has been collaborating with Republicans in the State Senate since 2011, helping the G.O.P. run Albany's upper chamber, much to the chagrin of many progressive groups and a group of traditional Democrats led by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, also of Westchester County.

The Times Union was made aware of the allegations in November but at the time was not able to confirm the identity of the senator accused of misconduct.

Vladimer worked for Klein from 2013 to 2015, starting as a fellow and later becoming a policy analyst and counsel for the IDC. "This alleged incident never happened, nor did anything inappropriate happen that evening in any fashion". According to Klein, the woman has said that he forcibly kissed her while they were outside. He said he went out to smoke with the woman but nothing inappropriate occurred. "Klein's staff members present to ask if he had heard the invitation", Mr. Klein's lawyers wrote, adding that Ms. Vladimer later thanked Mr. Klein for the experience of working with him.

He said that after finishing his cigarette, he remained at the bar for another half hour before leaving. "Those are the facts".

"All of a sudden there was a hand on the back of my head and he shoved his tongue down my throat", she told the website. "In my head it lasted forever, I don't think it lasted even three seconds".

She acknowledged to The Huffington Post that nobody else saw the alleged incident, but told a friend about it later that night. After the incident, she left the bar.

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Vladimer said she never filed a compliant because she blamed herself at the time. "I want to make it very clear to everyone", Klein said.

Klein says he has hired an attorney. The findings of that internal investigation were released following the call.

"To insinuate that it would have occurred in front of me, and those of you who know me know I wouldn't have remained silent", Savino said.

Mr. Zweig and Mr. Goldberg said that Ms. Vladimer had invited Mr. Klein to a Seder dinner that evening, and the senator "politely declined".

State Senator Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, said that she had been approached for advice by Ms. Vladimer about two weeks ago. She resigned her position about a month later.

Vladimer told the Huffington Post that after being unable to maintain her composure, she left the bar and went to her friend's house at 4 a.m. and told her friend and her friend's fiance about the incident while crying.

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