Over the past few years, the New York State Assembly has been involved in several sex scandals, costing hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. Now, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Monday said he an $80,000 contract to an Albany firm hired by the Assembly’s Ethics Committee. The contract is with Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP for investigations to provide expertise on sexual harassment and retaliation policies.
More than $200,000 has already been paid out in two previous contracts to companies hired to handle sexual harassment claims.
The Assembly has encountered several sexual harassment allegations over the past few years from young, female aides. Assemblymen Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, and Dennis Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, Erie County, resigned because of the allegations. In 2012, a $103,000 settlement was paid out against Lopez. Gabryszak allegedly harassed multiple women in his office.
In addition, Assemblyman Micah Kellner had conducted inappropriate chats over the Internet with a legislative aide in 2009.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has required a more rigorous system in place to prevent and handle sexual harassment claims amidst the controversy.
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