GOSHEN – In the wake of Orange County Legislator Stephen Brescia’s sexually harassing comments made to a female county employee, a second legislative colleague has called for his immediate resignation.
Michael Anagnostakis, a fellow Republican who represents a portion of Montgomery, said it is time for Brescia to leave office.
“In my opinion, Steve Brescia has long been unfit – both mentally and emotionally – to be an Orange County legislator and should resign immediately,” Anagnostakis said.
Now, the Democratic minority leader is calling for Brescia to step down. ” I am insisting that he resign from the Orange County legislature. As the minority leader our caucus stands united in our fight against racial discrimination, social injustice and sexual harassment against anyone. with these additional charges I ‘m calling for all my Republican colleagues to demand the same. This type of behavior has no place in government,” Legislator Michael Paduch.
Just days before, Legislator Jimmy O’Donnell called for Brescia’s resignation.
The former legislature chairman admitted to making comments to an employee about her body.
An investigation by the county Human Resources Department found him guilty and said he should brush up on the county’s policies regarding sexual harassment in the workplace.
Meanwhile, a rift continues between Sheriff Carl DuBois and Brescia over Brescia’s refusal to sign a Sheriff’s Week proclamation for the sheriff’s office.
DuBois also accused Brescia of “misusing his office because he is incensed that I am supporting my Undersheriff and not his ‘hand-picked’ candidate to succeed me when I retire at the end of 2022.”
Compound that will Brescia’s recent sexual harassment controversy, DuBois sad Brescia “has lost the ability to objectively govern.”