State panel fines Dennis Gabryszak $100,000

Democratic Assemblyman from Cheektowaga resigned Jan. 13, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Charges of misconduct involving at least seven female staffers and requiring Assembly staff to do political work will cost former Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak $100,000 in fines.

A state ethics panel Friday issued a two-page ruling fining Gabryszak, a Cheektowaga Democrat who resigned in January of 2014 after a former female staff members came forward with allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct. Others said they spent most of their time as an Assembly staffer doing political work.

The fine was issued Friday by the state Legislative Ethics Commission.

The decision said it agrees with the December report by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics that found “substantial basis” that Gabryszak violated the state’s Public Officers Law “through knowing and intentional conduct.”

The commission found that Gabryszak engaged in repeated lewd and embarrassing conduct during his seven years in office.

The Legislative Ethics Commission which consists of state lawmakers could have referred the case for criminal prosecution.

In its decision issued Friday, the commission fined Gabryszak $70,000 for violating the state Public Officers Law “for his course of conduct involving seven female staff members”; $10,000 for misappropriating state resources for campaign purposes and $20,000 for the benefit he received.

When he resigned, Gabryszak issued a statement saying there was “never any intent on my part” to sexually harrass his staffers. He denied any sexual conduct.

 

 

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