Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, has compared Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to Joe Paterno’s cover-up of Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse, but Katz himself fought, and later settled, a sexual-harassment case against him and his animal hospital.
Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported today that in 2002, a former female employee at Katz’s Bronx veterinary office sued Katz and his business after she claimed a co-worker sexually harassed her and that Katz didn’t investigate. She was fired a month after she brought her concerns to Katz, court papers said.
The case was settled for about $105,000 in 2006 after Katz, of Yorktown, tried to dismiss the lawsuit, the records showed.
It’s not the only legal wrangling for Katz, the first-term Assembly member.
His veterinarian license expired July 31, and the state Department of State in January dissolved his hospital’s corporation because of tax issues, state records showed.
After Gannett’s Albany Bureau inquired about his license expiration, he renewed it Wednesday online, state officials said.
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Katz’s attorney, Susan Chana Lask, said Katz has given up practicing as a veterinarian because of his job as an assemblyman.
The corporation for Katz’s animal hospital, the Bronx Veterinary Center, was dissolved by the state because it apparently had not filed tax returns for at least two years, the state Department of Taxation and Finance said Thursday.
The business is still open. There was no immediate comment Thursday from Lask about the facility’s status.
Lask said this week that the sexual-harassment case was resolved amicably. She said the first-term assemblyman was not found to have committed any wrongdoing.
“There was no allegation that Assemblyman Katz engaged in sexual harassment,” she said in an email.
In July 2001, Lanett Daniels told Katz that a co-worker had made advances toward her at Concourse Animal Hospital, the hospital’s name when it opened in 1995, according to her complaint. She gave Katz a tape recording of allegedly being harassed by a co-worker, David Miller, who was also named in the suit.