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Legislators consider run for seat vacated by Rockland Co. assemblyman

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

News 12 Staff

May 29, 2014, 7:02 PM

Updated 3,703 days ago

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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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