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Lawmaker asks state panel to investigate kiss allegations

Lawmaker asks state panel to investigate kiss allegations
ALBANY - Albany New York - Jeffrey Klein - Joint Commission - New York - The Bronx - The Huffington Post - United States Senate
January 12

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.

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