The state Assembly Ethics Committee will investigate yet another series of allegations of sexual harassment by one of its members.
A notice of claim was filed against Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, Erie County, by three former female employees for subjecting them to a “hostile and offensive work environment,” according to the claim.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, was unaware of the allegations, a spokesman said, but the Assembly will investigate the charges.
“The allegations contained in the Times-Union against Assemblymember Gabryszak are very disturbing and will immediately be referred to the ethics committee for a full investigation,” Silver spokesman Michael Whyland said in a statement. “The Assembly is committed to a safe and respectful work environment for all its employees and we take all allegations very seriously.”
The claims against Gabryszak is the latest in a string of sexual harassment complaints against Democratic Assembly members, as well as criticism of Silver for not doing more to clean up the Assembly.
Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, resigned earlier this year amid a series of sexual harassment complaints against him by former aides. Assemblyman Micah Kellner, D-Manhattan, has also been accused of harassment of aides.
Here’s the claim against Gabryszak.