GOP: Mayer A Hypocrite Over Sexual Harassment

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The next is an expanded model of the fourth merchandise from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:

A state assemblywoman planning to run for a key vacant state Senate seat in Westchester County  is being accused by political foes of hypocrisy on the subject of sexual harassment.

Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers) has been outspoken on the difficulty. However foes word that in 2012 she publicly got here to the assist of then-Meeting Speaker Sheldon Silver when he was underneath hearth for his dealing with of sexual harassment incidents involving then- highly effective Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

“I’m a complete supporter of the speaker as a frontrunner,” Mayer mentioned on the time. “As somebody who lived by way of some very troublesome occasions within the Senate, I understand how troublesome management could be. I believe he has exhibited nice management.”

A Republican political foe on Friday known as her “a hypocrite and a fraud who solely stands up for girls when it’s politically handy.”

“She shockingly defended Shelly Silver’s disgusting use of taxpayer hush cash to silence the victims of serial sexual predator Vito Lopez,” the GOPer mentioned. “Shelly Mayer is not an adovcate for girls in want. She’s an enabler who could not sweep the sexual harassment in Albany underneath the rug quick sufficient.”

Mayer spokesman Doug Forand known as it “ridiculous that the get together of Donald Trump and Roy Moore would assault Shelley Mayer after a lifetime of being a robust advocate for girls.”

Forand mentioned it is the Senate Republicans who’ve blocked passage of payments to strengthen New York’s abortion legal guidelines and make it simpler for little one intercourse abuse victims to hunt justice.

Mayer, he mentioned, helps these payments in addition to different ladies’s points like equal pay, entry to healthcare, and methods to crack down on sexual harassment and abuse.

“Everybody who is aware of Shelley is aware of that she is a champion for girls and can proceed to be one as a State Senator,” Forand mentioned. “Anybody who actually cares about ending sexual harassment ought to assist Shelley and assist her make (Senate Democratic Chief) Andrea Stewart-Cousins the primary girl Senate Majority Chief, and simply watch what occurs.”

Mayer is the Westchester County Democratic candidate for a particular election but to be known as by Gov. Cuomo to fill the vacant seat of Democrat George Latimer, who resigned to turn out to be Westchester County govt.

On the Republican facet, lawyer Sarmad Khojasteh and former district lawyer candidate Dan Schorr are vying for the GOP nomination.

Cuomo has but to sign when, or even when, he’ll name a particular election for a seat that would show very important to figuring out which get together will controll the chamber. The Republicans presently have the bulk because of Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder, who caucuses with them. Eight different breakaway Democrats are in a management coalition with the GOP.

Insiders do not count on a particular election can be held, on the earliest, till after the price range course of is accomplished by late March.

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