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The state Assembly’s ethics committee is reviewing a sexual harassment complaint brought against Assemblyman Greg Ball, R-Patterson, according to this Associated Press story.
Ball has denied the sexual harassment claim. In today’s story on LoHud.com and in The Journal News, Dan Weiller, a spokesman for Assembly Majority Leader Sheldon Silver, says that if such a claim exists, it would prompt an investigation. As the AP story points out, the Democratic majority in the Assembly automatically refers such a claim to the ethics committee for review.
Ball and Republican John Degnan are locked in a nasty race for the GOP line in Tuesday’s primary.
CLARIFICATION â€”â€” Weiller called me to explain that a complaint isn’t automatically referred to the ethics committee for for review. Speaking in broad terms, he said the receipt of a complaint about sexual harassment prompts an investigation by the counsel for the Assembly majority. After that investigation is completed and depending on the findings, the matter could then be referred to the ethics committee.