In 2018, when Senate staffer Erica Vladimer publicly accused her boss, the Senator from the Bronx. Jeff Klein, who forcibly kissed her outside an Albany bar, called for lawyers and officials from both political parties to conduct an independent investigation.
Mr. . Klein denied the claim. He requested an investigation from the Joint Public Ethics Commission, a surveillance agency charged with enforcing state ethics laws. Almost three years later the case is still pending. Mr. Klein is out of office and filed a lawsuit in the Albany County Supreme Court last month alleging that JCOPE was no longer responsible for pursuing the matter because it waited too long to act and the alleged kiss was unrelated to government decisions was standing.
A decision in his favor could limit JCOPE’s authority to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. For JCOPE critics like State Sen. . Liz Krueger, the continuing saga, highlights the need to create a better mechanism for dealing with grievances involving state officials.
« Obviously it’s not working, » said Ms.. Krueger, a Democrat from Manhattan. “You want to be as high and independent as possible. And the dilemma, frankly, is that we don’t have that system. ”
Jay Musoff, Mr.. . Klein’s attorney said he was « confident that an investigation would reveal that Jeff was not misusing government funds or that his alleged conduct had no ramifications for the state’s business. « . » Mr. Musoff said JCOPE “kicked the can down the street. ”
Jeffrey D. . Klein, Law, Government
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