A former staffer accusing now-former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak of sexual harassment donated to his campaign six months before filing a complaint, new campaign disclosure records show.
Kristy Mazurek, a Democratic political operative from the Buffalo area, donated $55 to Gabryszak’s political coffers in July, according to state Board of Elections records. The donation was one of several $50 or $55 donations to the Gabryszak campaign on July 12, suggesting she attended a fundraiser for the now-disgraced lawmaker.
Mazurek, who co-hosts a weekly political program on Gannett’s WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, earlier this month became the seventh former member of Gabryszak’s staff to file a complaint against the Democrat from Cheektowaga, Erie County. Gabryszak announced his resignation Sunday amid the complaints, admitting to “mutual banter and exchanges” that were inappropriate but denying it rose to the level of harassment.
John Bartolomei, the attorney for Mazurek and five other accusers, could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.
Mazurek was Gabryszak’s director of communications from October 2008 through June 2009, according to her complaint.
She alleged Gabryszak took her to his Albany apartment on her first trip to the capital, where he had black-and-white photos of nude women on the walls and suggested she could sunbathe topless on his roof. Mazurek also claims Gabryszak encouraged her to wear a “sexy elf” costume for a staff Christmas photo and that her salary was cut when she raised concerns about the assemblyman’s behavior.
Gabryszak’s accusers have filed notices of claim against the ex-lawmaker and the state Assembly, reserving their right to sue in civil court.
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