86th Assembly candidate Halle Rivera sent us the following.
HAILE RIVERA, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR 86TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT, CALLS ON OPPONENT VICTOR PICHARDO TO RETURN CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION DONATED BY DISGRACED ASSEMBLYMEMBER MICAH KELLNER
Bronx, NY --- In light of the recent allegations of Assemblymember Micah Kellner's sexual harassment of staffers, it is troubling that one of my opponents Victor Pichardo has not yet returned the $1,000 donation he recently received from Kellner.
The news of this recent scandal has hit close to home for me in two ways. First, I am a father and a husband who strongly believes that every woman deserves to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace. The allegations are serious, disturbing and alarming. This is yet another reason why I continue to denounce this ongoing "cover-up culture", of which I believe Speaker Silver is fully responsible for and should step. If this continues, we will never be able to inspire trust in our elected officials.
It is very irresponsible and alarming that as a candidate running for a seat wrapped in scandal, Pichardo would be careless enough to seek and accept contributions from Kellner. Shame on him!
I am calling on Pichardo to immediately return the $1,000 donation to Kellner. We as citizens cannot stand by and allow this to occur behind closed doors without making them known to the most important stakeholders, the people.