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Gabryszak's name goes away, and comes back

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.

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

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Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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