Ny Lawmaker Accused Of Harassment Retires

01.13.14 | Bob Price

A Buffalo-area Assemblyman accused of sexually harassing female staffers announced Sunday that he'll retire while continuing to defend himself in court against allegations he calls false.Dennis Gabryszak has been accused by seven former and current employees of making unwanted advances and other abusive behavior. It's the latest in a string of legislative sex harassment cases and public corruption scandals in Albany in recent years. The 62-year-old Democrat announced his retirement Sunday without giving an effective date. He said his decision was based on the impact the scandal has had on his family and the Assembly's work. In recent notices of claim against Gabryszak, he is accused of grabbing one woman and trying to kiss her and of telling another during a 2012 incident that, "You're so hot, you know what I want to do with you." The notices are the first step toward a lawsuit. In his statement Sunday, Gabryszak acknowledged engaging in "mutual banter and exchanges" that were "inappropriate in the workplace." But he said it never rose to the level of sexual harassment. Gabryszak's announcement came a day before the Assembly was set to begin its first full day of the 2014 legislative session Monday afternoon.