Gov. Cuomo promises investigation into Sen. Jeffrey Klein's alleged sexual misconduct

Gov. Cuomo promises investigation into Sen. Jeffrey Klein's alleged sexual misconduct

The issue caught the attention of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is attempting to pass stricter policies on sexual harassment, said in a statement that, "Every allegation of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously".

State Sen. Jeffrey Klein is denying claims from a former policy analyst he forced her into a kiss soon after the state budget was approved in 2015. Diane Savino, his longtime romantic partner, sat inside. "There needs to be an immediate independent investigation outside the Senate".

"I want to be crystal clear, this alleged incident never happened, nor did anything inappropriate happen in any fashion that evening, period", Klein said.

"All of a sudden there was a hand on the back of my head and he shoved his tongue down my throat", she said. "In my head it lasted forever, I don't think it lasted even three seconds". "I pulled away and I said, 'Senator, absolutely not'". A ninth Democrat, Simcha Felder, also caucuses with the Republicans but is not a member of the IDC. Klein and Democratic Sen.

The Bronx Senator now joins the flood of political, media and entertainment-industry figures who have been accused of sexually harassing women.

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The conference came as The Huffington Post was about to publish an article detailing the woman's allegation. "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", she told the Huffington Post.

According to an exclusive report from Huffington Post, Erica Vladimer, 30, said Klein "shoved his tongue" down her throat at a bar.

Klein held a hastily arranged conference call late Wednesday afternoon just before Vladimer's accusations were first reported online in a story by the Huffington Post. They say the staffer asked Klein if he wanted to attend her family's holiday meal, which Klein says he politely declined.

"This never occurred", Savino said in a phone call.

Her friend, who chose to remain anonymous, said, "She was hysterically crying, not able to breathe, couldn't catch her breath".

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"I agree with Senator Klein and with Senator Krueger that this disturbing situation should be investigated, and I believe it should be done immediately and independently", he said Thursday.

"At this point, this is an allegation in which no formal complaint was ever made". A spokeswoman told several publications that Vladimer was planning on leaving well before the alleged incident occurred.

True Blue New York, a women-led anti-IDC group, noted State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins recently introduced legislation to combat sexual harassment in government.

Klein is the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, a subset of Democratic state senators in NY who often vote with Republicans. He supports Klein's accuser and women with similar experiences.

Vladimer has called on Klein to "step up", adding that if he doesn't, "then he should definitely step down". The chance of a review by the Senate Ethics Committee is unlikely because members of that committee include IDC members who have already made public statements that they have "complete confidence in Senator Klein, and we stand by him".

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But he nevertheless underlined the important role that Pakistan too has in ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan. "We (Us and India) have a strong mutual interest in eliminating this threat to our societies".

"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.

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