The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), the state’s ethics and lobbying regulator, has issued a report which alleges that former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) violated the Public Officers Law on numerous occasions. According to the report, Gabryszak routinely made sexual comments to members of his staff, hired staff members based on their looks, and used state resources to aid in his re-election campaign.
Read JCOPE’s full report here.
Gabryszak resigned his Assembly seat in January 2014, shortly after the allegations against him were made public by his former staff members.
The JCOPE report now goes to the Legislative Ethics Commission, which can decide to impose penalties of up to $40,000 against the former Assemblyman or refer the case for criminal prosecution.