Legislators consider run for seat vacated by Rockland Co. assemblyman

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Two legislators are considering a run for the seat left vacant by former Democratic Assemblyman Ryan Karben, who quit amid allegations of sexual advances toward male staff members.

Legislator Ellen Jeffe (D), who lost a close primary to Karben in 2002, and Legislator David Fried (D) are both thinking about running for the 95th Assembly District seat. Both legislators say they've received a lot of phone calls from supporters in the last few days, encouraging them to run. They say people can expect a formal announcement soon.

Since his resignation, there's been no sign of Karben at his home in Monsey and his Pearl River Assembly office is locked. He is also no longer a partner at a Spring Valley law firm. Karben is married and has three daughters. His seat will remain vacant until the November election.

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