State investigating Dennis Gabryszak's use of public funds

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- A new investigation is underway following the resignation of Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak.

Because Gabryszak left office, the Assembly Ethics Committee will end its investigation.

But Two On Your Side has now confirmed JCOPE, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, is investigating the former Assemblyman.

JCOPE is looking into alleged misuse of public funds and resources, possibly related to the harassment claims.

We're told the investigation is in the early stages. If, for instance, investigators find Gabryszak used his state-issued computer, cell phone or other equipment or resources for person or improper use, that would violate state law.

There are also new questions surrounding recent statements from Gabryszak's former chief of staff, Adam Locher.

Several of the woman who accused Gabryszak of sexual harassment say they took their claims to Locher, who prior to 2013 was district office manager.

Locher told Two On Your Side that he wasn't properly trained to deal with the claims.

However, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's office disputes that claim. They showed Two On Your Side sign-in sheets proving Locher attended sexual harassment training on three separate occasions in 2007, 2009, and 2011.

In the most recent training, a handout was used clearly stating the "manager/supervisor responsibilities".

Silver's spokesperson says employees were "clearly informed of their rights and responsibilities."

That is in contrast with what Locher told Two On Your Side Monday night.

"I never received management training on what to do when a member of the staff, either a colleague when I was district office manager, or a subordinate when I was chief of staff came to me with complaints of that nature," said Locher to Two On Your Side's Kelly Dudzik.

Locher's attorney told Dudzik his client stands by his statements and that while he attended some training, "he didn't receive specific training on how to respond as a manager."


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