Amid allegations of sexual harassment by four of his aides, Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak won't be able to have an intern this year, and two of his female aides have been granted paid administrative leave, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said.
Silver has referred the allegations against the Buffalo-area lawmaker to the Assembly Ethics Committee."Given that the matter is being reviewed by the Ethics Committee, it's appropriate that Assemblymember Gabryszak not be assigned an intern," Silver spokesman Michael Whyland said.
Two female aides are also are on paid adminstrative leave, he said. The Daily News first reported the move earlier today.
Three now-former Gabryszak staffers filed court papers Thursday, preserving their right to sue the state for what they said is a history of repeated sexual harassment by the Cheektowaga Democrat.
Gabryszak, who hasn't commented on the allegations, is accused of making inappropriate remarks to the aides, with his former communications director saying she saw photos of naked women and a history of visiting female escort websites on Gabryszak's iPad.
A fourth staffer late last week also filed a notice of claim against him.
Silver has been criticized for not doing more in past cases of sexual harassment of female aides in the Assembly.
The Albany Times Union reports that Gabryszak -like all members of the assembly-received biannual, mandated, sensitivity training, which focuses on sexual harassment, which he completed during the time period when the four female staff members say he was sexually harassing them.
Since the allegations surfaced ten days ago, Gabryszak continues to remain elusive.
WGRZ-TV attempted again Monday to speak to him at his home, and at his local assembly office, which once again was locked up.
No one answered the phone at Gabryszak's Albany when several calls were made on Monday.
Meanwhile, one member of the state legislature in Western New York, who didn't want to be identified publicly, told WGRZ they expect Gabryszak will resign, either this week or early next week, before the start of the legislative session on January 8th.
Another source tells Two On Your Side that two more women who worked for Gabryszak are expected to file notices of claim sometime this week, with similar allegations of sexual harassment, and bringing the total number of such claims, to six.