A new report from the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics indicates that New York Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak violated Public Officer’s Law by engaging in “sexually inappropriate behavior.”
Gabryszak allegedly sent videos to multiple women on his staff that showed the Assemblyman receiving oral sex in a bathroom stall, offered one woman a $100,000/yr position if she moved to western New York to get away from her fiance, told one that “she aroused him sexually,” once referred to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis with a sexually graphic play on words, and lamented the fact that if prostitutes were ever to unionize, he’d never be able to afford their services.
The ethics report states that multiple victims came forward and corroborated the allegations.
Via Buffalo News:
The state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics late Wednesday accused former Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak of violating the state Public Officers Law with lewd behavior toward female staffers and forcing staff members to spend as much as 80 percent of their work hours on political campaign duties.
The commission said it found that the Cheektowaga Democrat, who resigned from office last year, engaged in one lewd, embarrassing action after another during his seven-year stint as a state office holder.
According to the commission, Gabryszak subjected female staffers to “inappropriate sexually charged conduct and improperly used state resources for his re-election campaign.”
Commission spokesman Walter McClure said the findings show that Gabryszak engaged in “a deplorable exhibition of how not to act in public service.”
One Times Union reporter referred to Gabryszak as a sleazebag:
JCOPE report on former Assm. Dennis Gabryszak is appalling portrait of a sleazebag: https://t.co/9KIUxkTBgu
— Casey Seiler (@CaseySeiler) December 31, 2015
Gabryszak’s behavior was so appalling that at one point last year the Assembly banned him from having interns while he was being investigated, something known affectionately here as ‘The Bubba Rule.’
The aforementioned video shows the Assemblyman “either miming or actually engaged in a sex act in a bathroom stall.” We reported on that video in January of 2014 after the lawyer released it. It can be seen below in all it’s super-creepiness (Warning: NSFW) …
The JCOPE report detailing the Democrat lawmaker’s behaviors could lead to criminal charges.
The Buffalo News reported that the investigation “is now in the hands of the state Legislative Ethics Commission, a panel of senators and Assembly members who could turn the case over to criminal prosecutors.”