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Cuomo’s former aide says she resigned after he forcibly kissed her
Mike Coppola / Getty Lindsay Boylan, a former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, says she resigned in 2018 after he forcibly kissed her during a meeting. Boylan – who is running for president of Manhattan – had previously accused Cuomo of repeated harassment, but she did not provide much detail until she published a post on Wednesday. “My boss soon informed me that the governor was ̵
6;in love’ with me,” Boylan wrote. “It was an awkward but very familiar feeling: the fight to be taken seriously by a powerful man who tied my value to my body and appearance.” Boylan said Cuomo compared her to an ex-girlfriend and asked her to play strip poker. “Telling my truth is not about seeking revenge. I was proud to work in the Kuomo administration. I had risen to the governor for so long. But his insulting behavior must stop, “she wrote.” Andrew Cuomo’s star simply collapsed and burned. ” He has come under fire for handling COVID-19 in nursing homes and has been overshadowed by allegations of harassment and arming of lawmakers, while a bipartisan group of state lawmakers has sought to limit his powers in emergencies. According to Boylan, the kiss took place “after an individual briefing with the governor to inform him about economic and infrastructure projects.” “We were at his office in New York on Third Avenue. As I got up to leave and walked to an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips, “she wrote. After the kiss, Boylan said, she walked past the desk of a colleague of Cuomo’s staff, Stephanie Benton. Boylan also includes a 2016 screenshot, allegedly by Benton, stating that the governor wants Boylan to know that he “may be a sister” with the alleged Cuomo ex-wife Lisa Shields, “except you’re a better-looking sister.” Boylan worked for the Kuomo administration from 2015 to 2018, mainly as chief of staff at the state economic development agency, according to its LinkedIn page, and said she resigned in September of that year. – months after the kiss – after she came “to work badly every day” after the accident. “My relationship with his senior team – mostly women – became hostile after I started talking about myself,” Boylan added, telling friends that the governor would not touch her “on my waist, arms and legs.” her Medium post included alleged screenshots of texts with her mother after the governor’s office sent her an email asking if she would appear at the event. “That’s why I don’t trust the government,” Boylan wrote, including a screenshot of “He’s a sexist pig and you should avoid being alone with him!” Boylan’s mother wrote on the screen. Cuomo denied Boylan’s allegations when he first raised them in December. “As we said earlier, Boylan’s allegations Ms. Boylan’s misconduct is simply untrue, “Cuomo’s spokeswoman Caitlin Giroour said in a statement Wednesday. Cuomo asked her to play strip poker while on a private flight in 2017 with Cuomo, a press assistant and government official. employee. ”We were everyone and since those October flights, this conversation has not happened, “the aides said. The statement does not apply to any of the other allegations. Another former Cuomo aide, Alexis Grenel, wrote a column in The Nation criticizing his aggressive style, although he did not accuse him of sexual misconduct. “The legislature is getting younger and more feminine, defining a feminist vision of leadership and behavior in the workplace,” Grenel told The New York Times earlier this week. “It’s no coincidence that his loudest critics are young women.” Strong Governor Andrew Cuomo gives up and whines again about Trump and federal forces Last week, New York MP Ron Kim, a Democrat, said Cuomo had threatened to “Destroyed” after calling for an investigation into Cuomo’s reaction to the COVID-19 nursing home. “Kuomo is a coward who has abused his powers,” Kim wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, sharing Boylan’s post. “As a legislator, I have a responsibility to hold him accountable. I will not back down. I’ll stand with Lindsay Boylan. After the New York Post published an audio of Cuomo assistant Melissa DeRosa, who admits to counting deaths in nursing homes, several state lawmakers have called for him to be stripped of his extraordinary powers. Read more in The Daily Beast. Get our best stories in your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves into the stories that matter to you. Find out more.