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Silver says Gabryszak should decide soon whether to quit or stay

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he has no opinion whether embattled Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak should come to Albany tomorrow for the start of session, but that the lawmaker should decide soon whether he is going to remain in office.

The Democratic leader of the Assembly also said he has not made a determination whether to try to keep Gabryszak out of the private Democratic conference meetings if the Depew lawmaker should show up tomorrow for the first day of the 2014 session.

Asked about Gabryszak’s status, Silver said, “I have no idea. As I’ve said before, there seems to be a mounting number of people who talk about his actions. If the allegations are true he should resign. There’s no question about it. He has to make that determination quickly.’’

Gabryszak receives a $12,500 stipend that Silver awarded him last year atop his $79,500 base legislative salary. Asked if that stipend will be taken away from the lawmaker if he does not resign, Silver said, “Subject to the ethics committee’s advice, that will probably be the first thing that’s gone.’’

The Assembly ethics committee is investigating the allegations that Gabryszak sexually harassed at least seven women who served on his Assembly staff since he came to Albany in 2007.

Asked if Gabryszak should come to Albany tomorrow, Silver said, “I can’t tell you whether he should come or shouldn’t come. I don’t talk to him. I haven’t spoken to him and I don’t know if he plans on coming.’’

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Robert J. McCarthy

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Tom Precious

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