Former chief aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has accused him of intimidation and sexual harassment, expanding on accusations he first made in December. In an essay published in Medium on Wednesday, the former official accused the governor of “getting out of his way” to touch her “lower back, arms and legs” and kissing her during a one-on-one meeting. “.
Lindsay Boylan, a former chief of staff to the New York State Economic Agency, said the governor was interested in her after she was appointed to the role in 2015. “My boss soon informed me that the governor was ̵
“The governor started calling me ‘Lisa’ in front of colleagues,” she wrote. “It was humiliating.”
Boylan, who is now running for president in a Manhattan neighborhood, wrote in a series of December tweets that Cuomo “has been sexually harassing me for years.”
“I could never have foreseen what to expect: would I be on the grill with my job (which was very good) or would it bother me in my eyes. Or would they both be in the same conversation? That was the way to years, “she wrote.
The governor then denied the allegations. “It’s not true,” he said during a regular press conference. “I fought and I believe that a woman has the right to go out and express her opinion and express the problems and worries she has. But that is simply not true.”
On Wednesday, his cabinet again denied the allegations. “As we said earlier, Ms Boylan’s allegations of misconduct are simply untrue,” spokeswoman Caitlin Giroour said in a statement. Giroud said Boylan’s memory of a 2017 flight on the governor’s plane – which she claims he offered to play strip poker – could not be true because flight logs did not match her account. about who was on board.
“He was sitting facing me, so close that our knees almost touched. His press assistant was to my right and a state soldier behind us,” Boylan said of the experience. Giroud said “there was no flight in which Lindsay was alone with the governor, a press aide and a soldier from New York.”
Kuomo’s spokeswoman said she said it was the governor’s October 2017 schedule, which listed all passengers on his flights, as well as a statement from other aides during the trip. “We were on each of those October flights, and that conversation didn’t happen,” said Governor John Maggiore, senior adviser to the governor, Howard Zemsky, president and CEO of Empire State Development, Danny Lever, former director of communications at Cuomo, and Abbot Fashuer Collins, former spokesman. in a statement.
Boylan said she had “tried to justify” the governor’s behavior for a long time, but could no longer after he gave her an unwanted kiss during a private meeting at his New York office. According to Boylan, the governor “stepped in front of her” as she left his office and kissed her on the lips. “I was shocked, but I kept walking,” she wrote.
Boylan said she walked past Kuomo’s executive secretary’s office as he left his office and said she was “scared to see the kiss.”
“The idea that someone might think I was in a high position because of the governor’s ‘falling in love’ with me was more humiliating than the kiss itself,” she added.
Boylan argues that the governor’s “comprehensive harassment” is not limited to her. According to Boylan, the governor also “made unpleasant comments about the weight of female colleagues … mocked them for their romantic relationships and significant others” and “said that the reasons men get women are” money and power “.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration in which sexual harassment and harassment is so widespread that it is not only justified but expected,” Boylan wrote. “His inappropriate behavior toward women was confirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right. He used intimidation to silence his critics. And if you dare to speak out, you will face consequences.”
Boylan wrote in her middle essay that she was motivated to go public after learning that Cuomo was being considered the Attorney General of the United States. “Seeing his name as a potential candidate for Attorney General – the country’s top law enforcement official – set me off,” she said.
“With a few tweets, I told the world what several close friends, family members and my therapist had known for years: Andrew Cuomo was abusing his power as a manager to sexually harass me, just as he had done with so many other women.” . she wrote.
“I know some will dismiss my experience as trivial. We are used to powerful men behaving badly when no one is watching. But what does it say about us when everyone is watching and no one is saying anything?”
In response to Boylan’s essay, New York Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanick called for Cuomo to resign. “Sexual harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace is not a political issue, right and wrong. Governor Cuomo must resign immediately,” Stefanik wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “… Any elected employee who does not immediately resign is an accomplice.”
Stefanic is not the first New York MP to call for Cuomo’s term to end. Congressman Ron Kim has called for impeachment, saying the governor threatened him after Kim pushed his cabinet over “hidden” deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic.
“This is not about enmity between two people, but about his ongoing efforts to involve other MPs in lies and cover up his deadly, one-sided policy during this pandemic,” Kim wrote in the New York Daily News. “The governor’s attempt to trick me into deceiving his administration must be the last straw.”
The FBI and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn haveabout how the Kuomo administration is dealing with residents of nursing homes who became ill with COVID-19 in the first months of the pandemic.