Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said today he has not talked to troubled Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak and has no idea if the Buffalo-area lawmaker will be in Albany tomorrow for the start of session.
Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, Erie County, has been accused by seven current and former aides of sexual harassment. He hasn’t spoken about the charges or indicated whether he will resign or return to the Capitol.
“I have no idea. As I’ve said before, and there seems to be a mounting number of people who talk about his actions, if the allegations are true, he should resign,” Silver told reporters. “There’s no question about it. He needs to make that determination quickly.”
Silver said he hasn’t “reached that determination” on whether Gabryszak would be still be welcomed in the Assembly Democratic conference if he returns.
Still, Silver said he would likely strip Gabryszak of his $12,500 legislative stipend, pending the findings of the Assembly Ethics Committee—which is looking to the allegations.
“I think subject to the Ethics Committee’s advice, that will probably be the first thing that’s gone,” Silver said.
Silver has come under fire for his handling of sexual harassment complaints by female aides to assemblymen. He said the Assembly is conducting a review of its workforce policies.