Embattled lawmaker will not seek second term

Posted at 12:05 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 12:42:27-04

Embattled Assemblywoman Angela Wozniak will not seek a second term in office.

“After a great deal of consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election to the 143rd Assembly District and will be taking this time to focus on my family," Wozniak said. "I extend my sincere appreciation to everyone for their support over the past two years. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the great residents of our community.”

Her two-year term ends in December.

Wozniak, who represents Cheektowaga, Lancaster and Depew, recently apologized for having an affair with her director of legislation, Elias Farah. Farah later accused her of sexual harassment. 

In March, a state ethics committee cleared Wozniak of any wrongdoing.

"Assemblymember Wozniak is pleased and not at all surprised that she was cleared by the Ethics Committee of any and all charges for sexual harassment, sexual quid-pro-quo or causing a sexually hostile work environment," her attorney Steven Cohen said in a written statement at the time.

Wozniak succeeded former assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, who stepped down in 2014 after several former staffers accused him of sexual harassment.