January 4, 2016 •
New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics Formally Accuses Former Assemblyman of Misconduct
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) has formally accused former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak of using his government office to aid his reelection campaign, as well as sexually harassing several female staff members.
JCOPE’s investigators found Gabryszak used his office resources, including phones, computers, and printers to aid his political campaigns. The commission also determined Gabryszak used his position to “create and perpetuate an environment in which he could engage in sexually inappropriate behavior.”
The commission accused Gabryszak of at least five violations of New York’s Public Officers Law in what a commission spokesman called “a deplorable exhibition of how not to act in public service.”
The case will now move to the Legislative Ethics Commission, which will decide whether and how much to fine Gabryszak. Each violation of the Public Officers Law carries a penalty of up to $10,000.
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