New York

New York State Assemblyman Denies Sexual Harassment, Resigns

Democrat faced multiple accusations of impropriety


At least New Jersey can take comfort in the fact that Bridgegate is less disgusting than New York's recent scandals. A month after seven current and former employees accused New York State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, a 62-year-old Buffalo-area Democrat, of sexual harassment, he announced on Sunday that he will retire. In court papers the women accused Gabryszak of a wide variety of gross behavior, including making sexual advances, discussing his experiences with strip clubs and prostitutes, and sending a video of himself receiving or pretending to receive oral sex. Gabryszak didn't apologize in his statement, and only admitted, "There was mutual banter and exchanges that took place that should not have taken place because it is inappropriate in the workplace even if it does not constitute sexual harassment."