Months after allegations that Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Upper East Side) sexually harassed staffers (male and female alike) were made public, the Assembly's ethics committee finally found that Kellner did in fact create a hostile workplace. So Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver—who previously settled other sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers—decided to actually DO SOMETHING.

Silver issued a statement last night, calling the findings about Kellner "deeply disturbing... Let me be clear - this type of behavior is not to be tolerated. We as lawmakers have a special duty to ensure that we uphold the highest of ethical standards." He's stripping Kellner of his chairmanship and forbidding him from holding leadership positions. Additionally, Kellner cannot have any interns and must attend sexual harassment training.

Silver added, "I have frozen his staff allocation, which will be reduced through attrition as employees leave. I hope these actions will send a loud and clear message that we will not tolerate this type of behavior and that sexual harassment has no place in the Assembly."

Here's what the NY Times reported earlier this summer, when a Kellner staffer went to complain to her supervisor, who then went to SIlver's top lawyer, Bill Collins:

The senior Kellner aide presented Mr. Collins with 15 pages of Internet chat transcripts, in which Mr. Kellner made suggestive remarks to the junior staff member, a woman in her early 20s who was new to the job.

Mr. Kellner encouraged the woman to play Scrabble with him on Facebook while conversing through the Google Talk Internet messaging service. In one exchange that took place well after midnight, Mr. Kellner told the woman that he had hired her because “you were cute during the interview.” He asked if she had a boyfriend and told her, “I guess secretly I didn’t want you to have one,” adding, “I like being the only man in your life” and “Don’t cheat on me.”

“I wouldn’t mind falling asleep with you but not remotely,” he wrote. “Did I offend?”

The report appears to have stopped at Mr. Collins’s desk. The Assembly’s staff never began a formal inquiry, and the matter was not referred to the Assembly’s ethics committee, in keeping with a longstanding practice in the chamber of shielding members from embarrassment.

Collins resigned. Kellner, for his part, claimed at the time, "You know, this occurred over four years ago. It was while I was single. It occurred over a few weeks. It was inappropriate. It was stupid. And I was wrong for doing it. And when the staffer told me that she felt that it was unprofessional, I immediately stopped and regretted putting in her in that position. I was sorry then and I’m sorry now."