By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- It's gone, it's back. It's still here, no, it's gone.
So goes the minor, and what will be fleeting, intrigue around the announced resignation of Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, which came Sunday a month after he was accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment.
This morning, The Buffalo News snapped a photo of Gabrszak’s former desk in the Assembly, where his nameplate had been removed. A couple hours later, the nameplate was back on, and his name was on the voting tally board high above the floor of the Assembly.
His web page was, however, taken down from the main Assembly web site.
An Assembly official said the nameplate off-and-on maneuverings was likely because Gabryszak had not yet officially resigned. Gabryszak’s lawyer said the official paperwork is likely to be submitted on Tuesday.
Asked for his reaction to the resignation, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, “I called upon him to resign if the allegations are true. I assume enough of those allegations are true that he followed through on my request and resigned."
Silver, who is counsel at a Manhattan trial law firm, said the civil suits looming against Gabryszak by his female accusers “will certainly continue."
Whether the Assembly Ethics Committee continues to look into the allegations –- even though it could no impose punishment on the resigning lawmaker -– is up to the committee, Silver said.