Killian, Mayer supporters clash during chaotic news conference

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Supporters for the two candidates vying the state Senate seat in District 37 clashed Friday in a chaotic scene in Mamaroneck.

Republican Julie Killian and her supporters attempted to stage a news conference outside Democratic candidate Shelley Mayer’s campaign office – calling on her to resign for not doing enough to protect two women who claimed they were sexually harassed.

That alleged harassment happened in 2010 when Mayer served as chief counsel for the Senate Democrats. The events were first reported by the Daily News.

Mayer’s supporters then entered the fray, where the two groups shouted and shoved each other.

“She did not help these women,” Killian later told News 12. “To tell someone to wait until after the election, that's shameful. I can't imagine that, and the things they were exposed to – nude images, vile language, assaulted – how can you not stop that right away as a woman?”

Mayer told News 12 that she followed protocol and reported the harassment to Angelo Aponter, the secretary of the Senate at the time, who she claims never followed through.

“It's so unfortunate the Senate has and continues to have this policy…These women deserve more, I wish I could have done more, I did all I could,” said Mayer.

News 12 reached out to one of the alleged victims, but she was unavailable.

The special election for the seat vacated by Westchester County Executive George Latimer will be held on April 24.

Go HERE for extended footage and interviews from the scene.

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