Stewart-Cousins: Klein allegation should be independently investigated

Stewart-Cousins: Klein allegation should be independently investigated

Mr. Klein already is a controversial figure in Albany, where he heads the Independent Democratic Conference, which aligns with Republicans to control the State Senate.

"I pulled away and I said, 'Senator, absolutely not, '" she said.

Those members include state Sen.

Lewis Kaminski, who plans to run against Klein in the upcoming primary elections, released a statement late Wednesday expressing his admiration for Vladimer, adding "she deserves our respect for showing this kind of courage and sharing her story in the face of what must be tremendous pressure".

The Senator says the staffer never filed a formal complaint against him, and even wrote a letter of resignation two months later, where she praised Klein. During the call Klein told reporters that the sexually aggressive action he's accused of committing never happened. She said she felt ashamed that her first thought wasn't that Klein had done something inappropriate, but to worry that his girlfriend might have seen them.

The friend, whom the Huffington Post did not name because she still works in the Senate, also spoke to a reporter for the website about Vladimer being upset and confiding in her the night of the alleged incident.

Erica Vladimer told Huffington Post that New York Sen.

A JCOPE spokesman declined to comment on any possible investigation of Klein but has noted that the commission has investigated previous sexual harassment allegations involving lawmakers.


After several drinks, Vladimer said she went outside to smoke a cigarette with Klein, and that's when he forced himself on her. Vladimer left her job in May 2015.

"The fact that there was an environment that could make me doubt the self-confidence that I worked so hard to have ― that I got from the strong women in my life ― made me feel like it wasn't the place for me", Vladimer told the website. "Time is up in Albany, too".

"I find her to be a honest and credible person who was clearly very shaken about what happened to her that she made the decision to leave state government in Albany because of it", Krueger told HuffPost. She says the case shows how badly NY needs a better system for dealing with sexual harassment complaints.

"I think it's very important, when you look at things such as sex harassment and assault, it's not about the sex, it's about the power", Vladimer said.

Her friend, who chose to remain anonymous, said, "She was hysterically crying, not able to breathe, couldn't catch her breath. I am willing to risk everything to help that happen".

The memo details that Klein went out to have a cigarette in front of a large window in front of the bar and that Vladimer joined him.

Even before the article accusing him was published January 10, State Sen.

"I know Senator Klein to be a good and decent person who treats others with respect", said Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport). "Although we can not comment on the specific facts of the allegation, we believe the conduct ascribed to Senator Klein is thoroughly at odds with our experience as women working with him as well as his strong support for women's rights across NY and particularly in the 34th Senate District". "This just drives home the need for a thorough review of policies to address sexual harassment and passage of legislative reforms proposed by the governor".

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