How close is too close? Biden claims put spotlight on what's appropriate

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The claims against former Vice President Joe Biden are putting a spotlight on what behavior is considered appropriate and what crosses the line.

Amy Lappos is a former Democratic aide who says Biden touched her face with both hands and rubbed noses in 2009. She came forward after former Nevada politician Lucy Flores said Biden kissed her on the back of the head in 2014.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Biden has to understand that a person's personal space is important to them and that he should keep his distance.

Biden is considering joining the crowded Democratic field in the 2020 presidential election.

Roshi Cyrus, of Dix Hills, says she's been on the receiving end of inappropriate touching in the past. She says it wasn't right but adds that's just the way it was in the 1980s and '90s.

"Life was different, it was just part of the job," she says.

Anthony Zenkus, senior director of the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, or VIBS, says any form of touching, whether it be in the workplace or elsewhere, requires consent. But Tia Powell of Greenlawn thinks some of this may be overblown, saying "it's like you can never hug anymore."

Regardless of how you feel, Zenkus says it's still important to have a conversation about appropriate touching.

VIBS has a 24-hour crisis hotline that can be reached at 631-360-3606.

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