Democratic Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak, accused of sexually harassing three aides, is a native of Sloan and the son of a village mayor who has spent his life in public service.
He was first a village trustee in Depew, then was a councilman and later town supervisor in Cheektowaga. He went on to Albany seven years ago when he was elected to the 143rd Assembly District seat, which had been held for 18 years by former Assemblyman Paul A. Tokasz, D-Cheektowaga.
Gabryszak previously was deputy county clerk for the Erie County Auto Bureau and, previously, an officer of Citicorp Services, a money-order company.
His official biography states that he has been married to his wife for 37 years and has two children.
His father was the mayor of Sloan when he was born.
“I learned a lot from him in terms of what it means to be a public servant,” Gabryszak said in a 2006 interview with The Buffalo News.
Interviewed in 2012 as he sought a fourth term in the Assembly in a race against Lancaster businessman Frank M. DeCarlo, Gabryszak said he aimed to continue what he says was a state government finally headed in the right direction.
“I think it’s much less dysfunctional than it was,” Gabryszak told The News. He pointed to his own efforts to reach across the aisle to promote bipartisan cooperation and also credited Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with creating “an atmosphere of working together” in state government.
He said in 2012 that one of his proudest accomplishments was working with State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, in 2010 on a bill redirecting proceeds from the sale of unused hydropower by the New York Power Authority.
When fully implemented, that legislation aimed to pump $10 million to 13 million per year into Western New York for economic development.
Gabryszak also pointed to several other accomplishments in the Assembly, including a four-year effort to get strangulation designated as a felony in the state’s penal code in domestic violence cases as well as winning an equitable share of state transportation funds for the area.