Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, wrote in a letter to Ball released today that the committee unanimously found thatÂ Ball did not violate the Assembly sexual harassment guidelines.
You can read the letter here.
And here’s the letter from the commission to Silver.
Here’s the LoHud article.
“After an investigation which included witness interviews and a review of relevant documentary evidence, the Committee unanimously determined that a violation of the Assembly Sexual Harassment/Retaliation Policy was not established,” Silver wrote.
Ball, who won his GOP primary contest against former Brewster mayor John Degnan, has maintained he did not harass the woman and instead is the target of a coup by former aides and political opponents, including Sen. Vincent Leibell, R-Patterson, Putnam County.
As the committee decided the case, Ball said he forwarded e-mails and other documents to state and federal authorities to prove his case, as well to Silver.
Just days before the primary, a former aide wrote Silver claiming Ball sexually harassed her shortly before she stopped working for him.
Ball faces Degnan, who is also on the Democratic line, on Election Day.
“This sound decision by the Ethics Committee vindicates Assemblyman Ball who has been the victim of a vicious smear campaign to tarnish his reputation because he’s been an outspoken and fearless advocate for taxpayers,” said Adam Kramer, spokesman for the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee.
“This is a tremendous victory for not only Greg Ball, but also for anyone who cares about justice being served.”