NYS Assembly Speaker Sanctions Republican Steve McLaughlin

NYS Assembly Speaker Sanctions Republican Steve McLaughlin

The ethics committee found he shared the accuser's name with another Assembly employee who revealed it to others.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced Wednesday he will implement the sanctions recommended by the ethics panel, including issuing a letter of admonition to McLaughlin that outlines the committee's findings.

A Republican lawmaker in NY has been sanctioned over workplace harassment. Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin is now prohibited from having interns working in his office.

The lone recommendation Heastie didn't accept is requiring McLaughlin to reimburse the Assembly for sexual harassment training he completed in July.

Neither McLaughlin nor his spokesman could be immediately reached for comment Wednesday morning. "The fact is it happened and I apologized and moved on", he said at the time.

"This is a political witch hunt and I am not lying down taking it", he said. The bi-partisan Assembly Ethics Committee says its independent counsel learned in June 2016 that a female Assembly employee had reported that McLaughlin had made offensive lewd comments to her.

Heastie also directed McLaughlin not to reveal the name of the complainant or the details of the allegations and investigation.

The committee in its findings letter said that one of the purposes of the confidentiality provision "is to ensure that targets of harassment are not dissuaded from complaining, and witnesses feel safe to come forward".

"You're still fat. You are not attractive - and you're a f*cking bad human being", McLaughlin says in one recording.

He was elected Rensselaer County executive on November 7.



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