Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The State Assembly meets Monday to begin its legislative session, and if one particular assemblyman appears, it will raise eyebrows but not disrupt business. But what about the future of Dennis Gabryszak?
If Gabryszak shows, political strategist Steve Pigeon says it will be a major distraction, "but this is not the first time this has happened. We've seen media circuses in the past few years...It will be a distraction but certainly won't paralyze the legislature."
As for Gabryszak's future, Pigeon says he is concerned about Gabryszak's silence on the matter, albeit on the advice of his attorney. "Not issuing any denial or explanation is disturbing, and quite frankly I don't know what the explanation is," says Pigeon.
Pigeon believes this term will be Gabryszak's last. "There's no way he could run for re-election, so the question is whether he serves the full term or resigns," predicts Pigeon. Pigeon believes if the ethics committee finds the sexual harassment allegations have credibility, Gabryszak could be expelled.
Pigeon believes Gabryszak's resignation could be part of a resolution to any lawsuits filed by the seven women who have already filed notices of claim.