BUFFALO, NY – We spoke with two Democratic leaders in Western New York on Sunday and they're both in full agreement. Erie County Democratic Chair Jeremy Zellner and Assemblyman Sean Ryan both say Gabryszak did "the right thing" by stepping down.
They say it would have been a distraction in Albany and, as Zellner put it, he's just "glad this is over."
Monday is the first day of the state legislature's new. If Gabryszak had not resigned he would have faced a crush of media in Albany asking him about all of these allegations.
Gabryszak has been in the assembly since 2007.
New York State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also weighed in on Gabryszak's announcement Sunday.
There's also the question of who will take Gabryszak's seat.
It's up to Governor Cuomo to decide whether a special election is necessary. If he doesn't call one, Lancaster and Cheektowaga constituents would be without representation in the Assembly for the remainder of the year.
Sean Ryan called for a special election on Sunday and Zellner says he thinks constituents deserve representation.
Zellner also noted that special elections are quite costly and could put taxpayers on the hook for at least $100,000 dollars, if not more.
But until that time, Democratic leaders are just happy they don't have to answer questions about Gabryszak anymore.