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Assemblyman Kellner to Appeal Ruling That He Sexually Harassed Staffers

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Assemblyman Micah Kellner of Manhattan is appealing an ethics panel's ruling that he sexually harassed his staff members.

He's now requesting a public hearing on the matter with sworn testimony from witnesses.

Kellner says that the investigation was flawed and its conclusions were wrong.

He's asking the state legislature to withhold sanctions in the meantime.

Kellner has come under major criticism from fellow Democrats, including Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declined to say whether he thinks the embattled assemblyman should resign.

"I think he has to make a determination whether he can effectively represent his constituents under the circumstances. He has to come out and make a statement and talk about the circumstances," Silver said. With the sanctions that we've imposed, it makes it difficult for him to continue effectively representing his constituents."

The ethics panel sanctions would strip Kellner of any leadership position, forbid him from having interns and require him to attend sexual harassment training.

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