BUFFALO, NY - New York State State Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak tells 2 On Your Side that he is resigning his position "effective immediately."
He made the statement Sunday afternoon in the office of his legal counsel, Terry Connors.
Garbryszak is the subject of a lawsuit filed by former employees accusing him of a pattern of sexual harassment.
He said it was never his intent to sexually harass any staff member or create a hostile work environment. There was mutual banter and exchanges that should not have taken place, he admitted, but he will continue to defend himself against the allegations in the civil litigation.
He said there was no sexual contact between him and staff, and some of the allegations that have been made are demonstrably false.
Garbryszak did not take questions from reporters. He said his decision to resign is based on the impact the scandal has had on his family and the important work of the assembly. He repeated that it has been a difficult time for him and his family and he will consider answering questions at a later time.
We'll have more information on the fallout from Gabryszak's decision on Channel 2 News Tonight at 10 and 11 p.m.