Democrats seek probe into Sen. Klein allegations

Democrats seek probe into Sen. Klein allegations

"I want to be crystal clear: This alleged incident never happened nor did anything inappropriate happen in any fashion that evening", Klein said on the call.

Klein, Savino and Vladimer all agree that they - along with about 10 staffers from the Senate's IDC payroll - were at an Albany bar on March 31, 2015, to celebrate the state budget's passage. Liz Krueger for advice since the senator has worked for years to Vladimer said she did not name Klein in her conversation with Krueger at the time.

Klein denies the allegation, although he says he was at the bar.

Vladimer, 30, is standing by her account of the alleged incident.

"We fully support the fearless women that have come forward in this historic moment to bring sexual misconduct to the forefront of our national conversation", the letter read. "My immediate reaction then, as now, is to say that this did not occur, because it did not", Klein says.

Krueger, who sits with the main Senate Democratic Conference, called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the incident. Klein said in the letter that the "alleged incident did not happen, period".

"I have nothing to hide and welcome any investigation", he said.

Shortly after sexual harassment allegations against Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein emerged, numerous people started calling for an independent investigation.

"Of the female staff members we interviewed at the Independent Democratic Conference, none reported ever having felt uncomfortable, unsafe or threatened by Sen".

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"The eight members of the IDC immediately jumped to Senator Klein's defense, saying 'we know Jeff Klein and the allegations would be out of character for him.' They called him a long-time champion for women and for our state", she noted.

"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. Cuomo already has made the issue one of his priorities for this year.

Senate Leader Flanagan does say that a probe of the accusations against Klein may be "within the scope of other entities".

Another lawmaker with whom Klein is romantically involved, Sen. Diane Savino, his girlfriend. A spokeswoman told several publications that Vladimer was planning on leaving well before the alleged incident occurred.

The two went outside to smoke a cigarette, and that's when she says Klein forced himself on her.

Vladimer added that after the senator had kissed her that night, she pulled away. Vladimer left her job just a few months later and now works for the city's Independent Budget Office. This story will likely intensify criticisms of Klein and his relationship with State Senate Republicans. To make matters worse, Klein's co-leader in the Senate, Majority Leader John Flanagan, released a statement that an investigation is "not within the jurisdiction of the Senate". Alessandra Biaggi, a former counsel for Cuomo and deputy national operations director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, formed a campaign committee on January 3. "And I'm sure you know he and I have more than a professional relationship, so I know him better than anybody".

Earlier this month, Klein was asked his opinion about the need for new sexual harassment policies in Albany, after Democratic and Republican legislators, as well as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, signaled their intention to push for stricter rules in the new legislative session.

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