This makes it about 37 NY State Assembly Democrats accused of harassment under the esteemed leadership of Sheldon Silver. Take a bow.
Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak is being accused of sexually harassing three now-former legislative staffers, according to court papers filed Thursday.
Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, is the subject of three separate complaints by former aides, all in their 20s, who accuse him of making repeated sexually charged comments and suggestions to female staffers and, in the case of one, bringing her to a massage parlor in her first two weeks on the job.
The allegations include claims that Gabryszak told one female staffer he has a tattoo on his penis and that he showered one woman with gifts and offered her a well-paying job in Buffalo after learning that she had become engaged – a revelation that allegedly upset the assemblyman.
Within hours of the allegations surfacing, Gabryszak was already losing key Democratic Party support. “If these allegations are even close to being true, the Assembly member should resign immediately and spare the community from further embarrassment,’’ said Jeremy Zellner, the chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party.
The allegations of sexual harassment are contained in an explosive document filed in the State Court of Claims, a legal maneuver that for one year preserves the women’s right to sue the state for damages.
The papers were served on the state Attorney General’s office, which represents the state in legal matters, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, according to Johnny Destino, a Niagara Falls lawyer representing the three women.
Besides the three women in Thursday’s court filing, “a minimum of two additional former employees’’ of the lawmaker “will be coming forward in the near future and will be bringing allegations similar to those’’ of the three women, he said.
Amazing what Silver will tolerate in his lust to maintain power.
State Republican Chairman Ed Cox wasted little time to attack Silver over the new controversy.
“While Sheldon Silver was fighting to hold power this summer after revelations that he covered up sexual abuse, yet another member of his Democrat caucus was abusing young female staff members,” said Cox.”
“The pattern of abuse facilitated by Sheldon Silver is a dark stain on our state,” Cox said.