BUFFALO, NY - Former New York State Assembly Dennis Gabryszak may no longer be in office, but his legal woes will linger.
Attorney John Bartolomei represents six of the seven women who filed a notice of claim against the Cheektowaga democrat. All of the women accused Gabryszak of sexual harassment while they served as aides in his office.
Now that Gabryszak has resigned, 2 On Your Side asked the attorney about moving forward. "His resignation in itself provides some remedies to his future conduct, at least as an assemblyman, but it doesn't begin to address or remedy the damages done, those lawsuits will proceed," said Bartolomei.
He says the resignation gives the appearance that he (Gabryszak) is accepting some responsibility.
When the former lawmaker publicly announced he was leaving office, he said "there was mutual banter and exchanges that took place that should not have taken place because it is inappropriate in the workplace." Apparently that comment infuriated the women and their attorney said such a statement is considered "repulsive."
The women allege that they were invited to attend a couples massage, they saw inappropriate, including nude pictures of women. "All of the allegations are absolutely true and we have substantial evidence to back up every allegation," said their attorney.
Caitrin Kennedy is one of the women currently on paid leave. Her attorney told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing in an email, "The fact that Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak recently made his decision to resign does not impact Ms. Kennedy's legal case. Ms. Kennedy will continue to pursue all avenues of legal recourse. In fact, we are preserving her federal and state rights by taking steps to exhaust her administrative remedies. We intend to file a lawsuit in a timely fashion. Any denials, statements or comments made by Assemblyman Gabryszak in the wake of his resignation will not change her intentions."