Amid allegations of sexual harassment by four of his aides, Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak won’t be able to have an intern this year, and two of his female aides have been granted paid administrative leave, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said.
Silver has referred the allegations against the Buffalo-area lawmaker to the Assembly Ethics Committee.”Given that the matter is being reviewed by the Ethics Committee, it’s appropriate that Assemblymember Gabryszak not be assigned an intern,” Silver spokesman Michael Whyland said.
Two female aides are also are on paid adminstrative leave, he said. The Daily News first reported the move earlier today.
Three now-former Gabryszak staffers filed court papers Thursday, preserving their right to sue the state for what they said is a history of repeated sexual harassment by the Cheektowaga Democrat.
Gabryszak, who hasn’t commented on the allegations, is accused of making inappropriate remarks to the aides, with his former communications director saying she saw photos of naked women and a history of visiting female escort websites on Gabryszak’s iPad.
A fourth staffer late last week also filed a notice of claim against him.
Silver has been criticized for not doing more in past cases of sexual harassment of female aides in the Assembly.