Ex-judge on NY's top court upholds findings ex-assemblyman violated sexual harassment policy


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ALBANY, New York — A hearing officer has upheld findings that a former state assemblyman violated that house's sexual harassment policy while in office, rejecting his appeal.

Former Court of Appeals Judge Howard Levine denied an earlier appeal of Micah Kellner. He says the legislator received sufficient opportunity to be heard by the Assembly ethics committee in response to allegations he harassed two female staff in 2012 and 2013.

In a previous case, Kellner was found to have sexually harassed staff in 2009 and 2011.

The former Manhattan legislator denied the allegations and contested the findings.

He did not seek re-election last fall.

Levine finds "substantial support" in the case record for the committee's conclusions and that Kellner provided "almost no contrary evidence."

Assembly officials say this ruling concludes his case.

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