Assemblyman Sanctions for Harassment to Be Reviewed

, New York Law Journal

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Former state Court of Appeals judge Howard Levine will review findings by the state Assembly Ethics and Guidance Committee against Assemblyman Micah Kellner for sexually harassing a staffer.

Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat, was found by the committee to have harassed the staffer in 2009 and 2011. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver stripped Kellner of his non-salaried chairmanship of the Assembly's Libraries Committee, decreed that he could not hold other leadership posts and prohibited him from having interns.

Kellner appealed, prompting Silver to appoint Levine Wednesday to review the committee's findings and sanctions against him.

A statement from Silver's office said Levine and the committee's counsels will establish rules for a hearing into the committee's determination.

Levine, senior counsel to Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna in Albany, was Court of Appeals judge from 1993-2002. He was district attorney of Schenectady County from 1967-70.

Among Levine's post-Court of Appeals assignments has been as temporary administrator to the estate of philanthropist Brooke Astor and as a mediator over child abuse claims against clergy in the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese.

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