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State Assembly session begins with sexual harassment troubles

Photo from Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's Facebook page

There is still no sign of State Assemblyman Dennis Garbryszak, democrat, since seven women have accused him of sexual harassment. Some speculate that he will not appear at the Governor's State of the State address in Albany Wednesday.

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports the legislative session begins with the State Assembly still plagued by sexual harassment scandals.

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, of Cheektowaga, has now been accused of sexual harassment  by a seventh woman. Another Assemblyman , Micah Kellner, of Manhattan , has been censured by the Assembly ethics Committee for alleged sexual harassment.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver  had to apologize after authorizing a secret settlement for the alleged harassment victims of another Assemblyman Vito Lopez ,of Brooklyn.

Silver says if the allegations against Gabryszak are true, then he should leave the Assembly.

“If the allegations are true he should resign, there’s no question about it,” said Silver.

Silver says he has not spoken with Gabryszak since the charges were initially made public in late December. He says he has not yet decided whether to bar the Assemblyman from attending Democratic Party Conference meetings.

Assemblyman Kellner has asked for a public hearing to dispute the ethics committee findings. Silver says Kellner will get a hearing, but it won’t be public.  


Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.