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NY lawmaker accused of harassment retires

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A Buffalo-area Assemblyman accused of sexually harassing female staffers says he will retire while continuing to defend himself against allegations he calls false.

Dennis Gabryszak has been accused by seven former and current employees in recent legal filings of making unwanted advances and other abusive behavior. It's the latest in a string of legislative sex harassment cases and public corruption scandals in Albany in recent years.

The 62-year-old lawmaker announced his retirement Sunday through his lawyer without giving a retirement date.

In recent notices of claim, Gabryszak is accused of grabbing one woman and trying to kiss her and of telling another during a 2012 event that, "You're so hot, you know what I want to do with you." The notices are the first step toward a lawsuit.
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