In an interview with his attorney at his side, the former chief of staff to troubled Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak did an interview with Gannett’s WGRZ yesterday, saying “I want to work to preserve my good name.”
In a variety of court papers, Adam Locher was accused of either ignoring or dismissing complaints brought by aides against Gabryszak of sexual harassment.
“I want to make it very clear that when I tried to manage these issues, I never tried to intimidate anyone or cover up any accusations that they may have made,” said Locher, who declined to comment specifically on each case.
Locher said he’s unemployed after Gabryszak indicated he plans to retire because of the charges against him.
Locher sought to explain that the allegations didn’t occur when he was around because he’s in Buffalo, and rarely traveled to Albany. But he recognized some mistakes.
“The items that are in the notices of claim are very serious allegations. Having said that, I was not in Albany very often,” Locher said. “Many of the allegations, a majority of the allegations made were not, did not take place when I would have been present and or in the vicinity. And, they are serious allegations and I don’t, I would never want to have it seem as if I would be taking anything away from their concerns. I have been told that I have a good heart; I believe I have a good heart. And, I’ve had to acknowledge that I did not advise them to go to an intake coordinator as is laid out in the employee information guide,” said Locher.