Naturally you have to dig deep into the story before his party is identified.
Dennis Gabryszak resigned from the Assembly on Sunday, a month after allegations surfaced that portrayed him as a serial sexual harasser of female members on his staff.
Gabryszak, 62, quit just 24 hours before members of the Assembly were set to begin their first full day of the 2014 legislative session this afternoon. That gathering had promised to be a tense one for Gabryszak, given the number of colleagues who had publicly called on him to resign if the allegations against him were true.
Gabryszak’s name now joins the list of dozens of lawmakers and state officials to leave office under a cloud in the past decade or so, whether after being arrested or convicted in a hodgepodge of corruption scandals or for some kind of sexually inappropriate behavior, including harassment of female staff members.
The departure by Gabryszak leaves the residents of the 143rd District – which includes Cheektowaga, the town of Lancaster and the villages of Depew, Lancaster and Sloan – without a representative in the Assembly at a time when annual state budget deliberations are about to begin that will decide everything from how much local public schools receive in state aid to the level of funds available for economic development efforts.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday did not indicate if he will call a special election to fill the vacant Gabryszak seat, which could mean there might not be another election to replace the lawmaker until November. In that case, 143rd District residents would be without a voice in the Assembly until January 2015.
All the way down in paragraph 15 you find out which party he belongs to.
If he had returned, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would have been under growing pressure by Democrats to take action against Gabryszak, who might have seen hits on everything from the size of his staff to his office space and would almost certainly have been frozen out of the Democratic conference.
The latest accusation came from longtime communications director Kristy Mazurek, the Daily News reported.
Ms Mazurek, 43, said in a court filing that Mr Gabryszak suggested she and another female staffer dress up as sexy elves and sit on his lap for an office Christmas photo.
Kimberly Snickles, 26, who also served as Director of Communications, from May 2013 through October 2013, alleges that she was asked by Gabryszak to accompany him to a massage parlor her first week on the job.
Ms Snickles also says that Mr Gabryszak asked her to stay over at his apartment. She claims he even joked to both her and an intern that he had a ‘tattoo on his penis.’
In her testimony, Ms Snickles says Mr Gabryszak ‘regularly told her and a co-worker that they should wear bikinis to his events.’ Ms Snickles claims that she scheduled a meeting with him regarding his behavior — but he never showed up.
Jamie L. Campbell, 24, Mr Gabryszak’s former legislative director from 2010 to 2013, says she received a video from him in 2011 that showed the man in a bathroom stall ‘either receiving or pretending to be receiving fellatio.’