Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak resigns

By Erika Mahoney

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak resigns

January 12, 2014 Updated Jan 12, 2014 at 9:59 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) New York State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak resigned from the Assembly Sunday.

Gabryszak is accused of sexually harassing female staffers.

The Buffalo-area democrat said he will retire, but continue to defend himself in court and say the allegations are false. For more information, click here.

Governor Andrew Cuomo also released a statement. "Following the latest reports of horrific behavior in the Assembly against Assemblymember Gabryszak, I asked him to either deny the allegations or resign immediately. Today, he has given us his answer. Our representatives in elected office can and should be held to a higher standard -- especially at a time when the Legislature's ethics are being questions and the confidence of their constituents being undermined. This kind of alleged behavior has no place in New York State government or any other office in society. My thoughts are with the alleged victims and Mr. Gabryszak's family during this difficult time." 

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver released a statement about the news: "The allegations concerning Mr. Gabryszak’s behavior have been extremely disturbing. The citizens of the 143rd Assembly District deserve to be represented by someone who will be a strong voice for their community and focused on getting things done. As I have said from the start, sexual harassment has no place in the State Assembly and it will not be tolerated. Mr. Gabryszak’s decision to resign his Assembly seat is the right one."

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