Julie Killian Calls on Assemblywoman Mayer to Resign After Explosive Revelations in Daily News that Fit Egregious Pattern
New York Senate candidate Julie Killian (R-Rye) blasted Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer regarding a report in today's Daily News that furthers an egregious pattern of behavior of choosing politics and enabling powerful men over the victims of sexual abuse.
“As a woman and as a mother, I find it unconscionable that Shelley Mayer refused to come to the assistance of women who desperately needed her help escaping sexual harassment. As a person, that’s reprehensible. As a lawyer, her actions violated her code of ethics and, as a government official in a position of responsibility and trust, her failure to act is unforgivable. Even worse, the basis for this dereliction of both personal and professional responsibility was predicated on political calculation," Killian said.
“By allowing the sexual harassment of two women who were seeking her help to continue until after the next election, Shelley Mayer has conclusively demonstrated that she does not possess the character or moral compass to continue serving in the State Legislature," Killian said.
“Equally troubling, her actions reinforce a disturbing pattern of conduct in which Assemblywoman Mayer publicly supported the use of taxpayer money to cover up the sexual harassment and abuse of young female staff in the State Assembly and provided the legal justification to seat former State Senator Hiram Monserrate after his arrest for slashing his girlfriend's face with broken glass, amid bipartisan calls for his resignation," Killian said.
“Shelley Mayer’s pattern of choosing politics over the victims of sexual harassment and violence is indefensible. The sexual harassment and abuse of women will not stop until the enabling has stopped. Shelley Mayer’s conduct is completely unacceptable and cannot stand. Shelley Mayer should resign her seat in the Assembly immediately and end her campaign for State Senate,” Killian said
Killian will run on the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party lines in the Special Election for New York State Senate District 37 on April 24th. Senate District 37 includes the towns and municipalities of: Armonk, Bedford, Bronxville, Crestwood, Eastchester, Harrison, Katonah, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, North Castle, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye City, Rye Brook, Tuckahoe, White Plains and Yonkers. For more information on the campaign, please visit www.juliekillian.com or follow us Facebook and Twitter @Killian4Senate
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For the last 25 years, Julie Killian has worked to make Westchester County a better place to live, work and raise a family. As a Rye City Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor, Julie led the fight to reform local government and held the line on property taxes. She also co-founded RyeACT (Rye Action for Children and Teens) to fight youth drug and alcohol abuse. RyeACT works with the federal government and regional partners to promote prevention through a positive cultural framework by training local leaders and youth, developing prevention messages and providing local access to drug and alcohol abuse prevention experts. Julie is also passionate about all mental health issues including reducing the stigma and increased awareness, helping the 4% of population that is severely mentally ill, and early intervention and prevention efforts. Born in Mt. Vernon, one of six siblings, Julie learned the value of an honest day’s work – and the importance of education – at an early age. As a teenager, she started a summer camp with her sister and waited tables at a pizza place at night, often working 15-hour days each summer to help pay for college. After earning a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from New York University, Julie spent more than a decade working on Wall Street in the financial services industry. She and her husband Gary have five children.