- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A Buffalo-area Assemblyman accused of sexually harassing female staffers has left office.

Dennis Gabryszak (GAB-ruh-zak) has been accused by seven former and current employees of making unwanted advances and other abusive behavior.

The 62-year-old Democrat announced his retirement Sunday. He has followed with a formal resignation letter dated Monday, when the Assembly returned for the 2014 session, that says it was effective at midnight.

In the letter, he says it has been an honor and privilege to serve his constituents.

He said Sunday his decision was based on the impact the scandal has had on his family and the Assembly’s work.

In his statement Sunday, Gabryszak acknowledged engaging in “mutual banter and exchanges” that were “inappropriate in the workplace.” But he says it never rose to the level of sexual harassment.

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