Lawmaker asks state panel to investigate kiss allegations
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An influential Democratic New York lawmaker accused of forcibly kissing a former staffer outside an Albany bar three years ago has asked a state ethics panel to investigate the allegations.
State Sen. Jeff Klein of the Bronx sent a letter Thursday to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics asking the panel to look into Erica Vladimer’s accusations.
Klein has denied the allegations.
Vladimer first told the Huffington Post in a story posted Wednesday that Klein forcibly kissed her outside the bar in the spring of 2015, a month before she left her job with the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference.
Klein leads the eight-member IDC, which split off from mainline Democrats to support Senate Republicans.