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Assemblyman Micah Kellner. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pflag_queens/4382981740/">PFLAG Queens, NYC</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Assemblyman Micah Kellner. Photo: PFLAG Queens, NYC, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawmaker to appeal sexual harassment ruling

NEW YORK (AP) A New York state lawmaker says he will appeal an ethics committee's finding that he sexually harassed staff members.

A spokesman for Assemblyman Micah Kellner said Tuesday that Kellner does not accept the sanctions imposed by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The spokesman said a public hearing must be held in accordance with the Assembly's sexual harassment policy.

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The Assembly ethics committee said Monday its investigation showed Kellner violated the Assembly's sexual harassment policy by making inappropriate comments to staff members in 2009 and 2011.

Silver said Kellner would be removed from his post as chairman of the committee on libraries.

Silver said Kellner also would not be permitted to have interns working in his office.

Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat, denies the accusations against him. 

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