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ASSEMBLYMAN IN STALKING PROBE

A Livingston County assemblyman is under investigation for alleged stalking, according to sheriff's deputies.

Assemblyman Jerry Johnson, R-Nunda, has not reported to Albany this week, and the Livingston County Sheriff's Department confirms it is probing an alleged stalking incident involving one of his aides.

"We are conducting an investigation, but there has been no arrest," said Major Marty Herkimer of the Criminal Investigation Unit. He would say only that Johnson's behavior regarding a female aide is in question.

Johnson and officials in his offices in Albany and Rochester were unavailable for comment. Harry Spector, spokesman for the Assembly Republicans, had no comment.

Johnson, 57, who is in his fourth term, represents parts of Allegany, Livingston and Monroe counties in the Assembly. He lives in Nunda.

In 1998 he was mentioned as a possible successor to the late Jess J. Present of Jamestown in the State Senate, a post that went to Patricia K. McGee of Franklinville.

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