According to sources familiar with the matter, Niagara Falls Attorney John Bartolomei has filed a claim in State Supreme Court on behalf of Trina Tardone, a communications director in Gabryszak's office from June 2009 to January 2011. Details of the filing are not known and Bartolomei could not be reached to elaborate on the charges.
Earlier this month, complaints were unveiled from three former female staffers who worked at Gabryszak’s legislative offices – including the state Capitol in Albany. The complaints were mailed to Assembly Speaker Silver and preserved the right to sue within a year.
Once that claim (READ IT HERE) became public, a fourth staffer filed a separate claim. Tardone's is the fifth in the past two weeks. The earlier statements allege that a pattern of regular lewd remarks directed at the women by the assemblyman made for a hostile work environment, and prompted at least three of them to quit his employ.
In a statement Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo had harsh for Gabryszak and Assemblyman Micah Kellner who faces similar unrelated charges.
“The latest reports of sexual harassment in the Assembly should be the last straw,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This pattern of behavior is repugnant by every standard and directly contradicts the policies the Assembly has advanced for the last 20 years.”
Cuomo said if Kellner and Gabryszak are guilty of the allegations, they must resign.
Earlier this week, Gabryszak's attorney Terry Connors told WBEN that more charges were likely, but that Gabryszak would not address the issue publicly until the Assembly Ethics Committee has had a chance to review them all. (From Tuesday's Tom Bauerle Show HEAR MORE WITH CONNORS HERE. .)
Connors says all he has are allegations placed in an intent to file a lawsuit, but no lawsuits have been filed yet. "We're looking at several aspects of the investigation to get as much of the facts as we can. We can't respond until we get a firm grip of the facts," explains Connors.
Connors says it's a tough thing for Gabryszak to have the allegations attached to his name. "He's been in public service in 37 years, he's done a great job for constituents, he's been a great father, so it's tough to hear these things attached to his name, a name he's worked hard to earn," says Connors.