Prominent assemblywoman: “It must stop”

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Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, D-Ossining, Westchester County, ripped the atmosphere of “inappropriate behavior” in the Legislature after another colleague was accused of sexual harassment of aides.

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, Erie County, was accused yesterday in a notice of claim of harassing three female aides.

Galef“The atmosphere of inappropriate behavior that seems to be permeating the legislature must come to an end,” Galef said in a statement. “We cannot tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace.”

Galef is a veteran female member of the Democratic conference.

She and others have decried the string of sexual harassment cases involving male lawmakers and their young female aides, but they have yet to call for the ouster of Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, who has headed the Assembly since 1994.

Galef was first elected in 1992. She doesn’t mention Silver or Gabryszak by name in her statement.

“As lawmakers, we make the laws with the expectation that we, of all people, will follow these laws. We must be held to a higher standard,” Galef’s statement continued.

“Another assembly member has been accused of taking advantage of his position of power to make his own staff feel smaller and sullied. This type of behavior can lead to mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of employment, income, and future employment opportunities, just to name a few as described in the claim filed.

“In addition to these potential individual problems experienced, it can also lead to lowered office morale, and ultimately it feeds the negative perception of all those elected to represent the people. It must stop.”

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  1. Taxpayer and Voter on

    Sheldon Silver is the problem yet no one challenges his firm grip his position of power……….so sad that the good old boy network is alive and well in NYS.

  2. Why has Sandra & her Fellow Democ”RATS” not “REPLACED” Shelly Silver The Speaker of “The Sex House” ?

    The “ROT” starts from the “Head” & goes down to the “feet”

    When will the GOP dump Brian Kolb as there Leader he is no more than a “LAP DOG” for Shelly Silver.

    Time to “AXE” both & start fresh in the New Year.

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    On Tweeter @vjmachiavelli

  3. Google Mike Cole and Chris Ortloff to see GOP horn dogs as well.

    You simply want conservative policies so you highlight anything that can hurt Dems while ignoring bad Republican behavior

  4. Sheldon Silver is a thuggish scumbag who should have gone long ago – both from the speakership and from office. The only position he should be holding is best boy to some dude named Tiny in some upstate prison; that will teach him about sexual harassment! And where’s Andy Boy in this?? Nowhere to be seen! Wonder what dirt Silver has on him??