Poloncarz Calls On Gabryszak To End The ‘Stupidity’
If the last two weeks weren’t bad enough for a Buffalo-area State Assemblyman, Friday, things got worse. Another fellow Democrat with strong ties to Dennis Gabryszak’s home district called on him to resign.
It’s time for this stupidity to end. He needs to resign. He needs to resign now. The people of his district deserve representation and right now they’re not getting representation,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
Gabryszak’s support in his own party had been lukewarm at best since word first broke last month that three former female staffers accused him of sexual harassment. Since then, three more former staffers have come forward including Trina Tardone, Gabryszak’s communications director from June 2009 to January 2011.
“She’s exceptionally well-respected in this community and in other communities where she’s done work. If she said it, I believe it, and it’s time for him to step down,” Poloncarz said.
Poloncarz said he’s known Tardone both professionally and personally for 15 years.
“She is a consummate professional, exceptionally well-respected by everybody for her work and when I read the report in the Buffalo News about the allegations, I know she wouldn’t have filed that notice of claim unless it was true,” said Poloncarz.
Tardone accused Gabryszak of luring her to his Albany apartment to look at documents and then grabbed and tried and tried to kiss her.
“It sickened me to read what Mr. Gabryszak did,” Poloncarz said.
A sixth woman, Emily Trimper, who served as Gabryszak’s district office administrator from August 2007 to March 2008, came forward Friday. She claims the Assemblyman spoke about pornography freely in the office during her tenure and, on one occasion, brought in framed black and white sexually charged photographs of women’s navel areas that he intended on hanging throughout the office.
When the first allegations surfaced, several high profile Democrats seemed content to let the legal process play out. But, recent developments have caused the Governor, and even the Erie County Democratic Party Chairman, to turn up the heat.
“This is what gives politics and government a bad name and I don’t blame the county executive for taking a stand on this as he did today,” said Erie County Democratic Committee Chair Jeremy Zellner.
Thursday, Gabryszak’s attorney seemed to indicate his client was ready to leave his fate in the hands of the court system. For a growing amount of Western New York politicians that’s no longer good enough.
“If it was one person I think people might say there’s a he said, she said (situation) here. We’ve got six individuals who are staffed individuals who’ve worked here at different times, many of whom didn’t work with each other. So they don’t even know each other,” Poloncarz said.
Gabryszak’s attorney did not return calls for comment on Friday.
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