Democrats seek probe into Sen. Klein allegations

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Earlier this month, Klein was asked his opinion about the need for new sexual harassment policies in Albany, after Democratic and Republican legislators, as well as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, signaled their intention to push for stricter rules in the new legislative session. Jeff Klein, of the Bronx.

"All of a sudden there was a hand on the back of my head and he shoved his tongue down my throat", Vladimer said in her interview with the HuffPost.

The rest of the members of Klein's Independent Democratic Conference issued a statement in support of their leader. "The fact that there was an environment that could make me doubt the self-confidence that I worked so hard to have-that I got from the strong women in my life-made me feel like it wasn't the place for me", she told the Huffington Post. "I pulled away and I said, 'Senator, absolutely not'".

In a statement, Flanagan praised State Sen. In a one-page letter, he notes his attorney has been interviewing current and former staffers about the allegation since January 4.

The Senator, speaking just before the article was published, says he'll cooperate with any investigation.

Erica Vladimer told Huffington Post that New York Sen.

But that changed on April 1, 2015.

Vladimer told the news outlet that she wasn't seeking for Klein to leave office, but wants the senator "to step up". On Thursday, the head of that committee, Long Island GOP Sen. Klein abused his power by violating my body, and ultimately my mind and soul.

"Albany has a reputation for being a town with a lot of powerful men and a lot of young staffers who are women, with a reputation for sexual harassment being a problem".

Andrew Cuomo is joining the call for an immediate investigation into the sexual harassment claims against NY state Sen.

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, speaks during a news conference on ethics reforms legislation on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Albany, N.Y.

Klein's lawyer, Michael Zweig, admits Klein and Vladimer were at the bar together that night, and even that they went out to smoke a cigarette.

Walter McClure, spokesman for JCOPE, said in an email Thursday afternoon that, "while I cannot comment, as a matter of law, on whether an investigation has been commenced or on the status of any investigation that was commenced, I can say that JCOPE can commence an investigation on its own without a referral or a formal complaint". There were other people there.

The Senators both remember the staffer asking Klein about his plans for the upcoming Passover Holiday.

Klein allies also pushed for quick action. "While it may be within the scope of other entities, an investigation into this matter is not within the jurisdiction of the Senate", Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, said. "We have the Senate Dems, who put out legislative packages on sexual harassment, and the governor saying he's going to discuss proposals". "Time is up in Albany, too". But he said he dismissed the rumor because it wasn't true.

Klein said in the letter that the "alleged incident did not happen, period". "I've only seen her like that maybe one other time ever".

An investigation could be done by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, headed by Cuomo's appointees. Senators David Valesky, David Carlucci, Tony Avella, Jesse Hamilton, Jose Peralta and Marisol Alcantara say they have "complete confidence" in Klein, and say the allegations are "completely out of character" for the Senate Leader, who they say is a "longtime champion for women".