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A decade of Albany sex scandals


Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak is accused of sexually harassing three now-former legislative staffers, according to court papers.

2013: Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn, resigns amid accusations that he asked young female staffers to massage him, touch his cancerous tumors and join him in hotel rooms.

2013: William Collins, counsel to the Democratic majority, a longtime confidant to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver who has helped run damage control over some of the more embarrassing controversies in the Democratic legislative body for two decades, quits amid allegations he did not investigate sexual harassment charges brought by a young female staff member against a Democratic lawmaker.

It is revealed that Assemblyman Micha Kellner, an Upper East Side Democrat from Manhattan, was accused four years earlier of sexually harassing a young female member of his staff through sexually suggestive Internet chats. Case is under investigation.

2008: After old romantic emails between then-Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and a former Albany intern are released, Hoyt admits to an extramarital affair. He escapes serious punishment but is banned from having college interns at his Albany and Buffalo offices.

2008: Caught up in a high-priced prostitution ring, then-Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer resigns in disgrace.

2008: Former Gov. David A. Paterson admits relationships with women, including a state employee, the day after he takes office.

2007: Former Assemblyman Michael Cole, R-Alden, is censured after spending the night in the apartment of an Albany intern.

2006: Assemblyman Ryan Karben, a Rockland County Democrat, resigns following allegations he made sexual advances to interns on his staff.

2004: Former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, a Harlem Democrat, gave alcohol to a 19-year-old intern in an Albany hotel room. She accuses him of rape but then later recants. The scandal prompts the Assembly to pass a strict policy barring fraternization between Assembly members, as well as staff and interns.

2003: J. Michael Boxley, a former aide to Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, pleads guilty to misdemeanor sexual misconduct after two staffers accused him of rape.

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