On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) was accused of sexual harassment by his former aide.
Lindsey Boylan, the former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to Cuomo, described years of uncomfortable interactions with the Democratic Gov., including an invitation to play “strip poker,” She documented her experiences with photos of emails and texts in a Medium post.
Recently she gave new details, including describing an incident in 2018 when she said that she and Mr. Cuomo were alone in his Manhattan office.
“As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips,” Ms. Boylan wrote. “I was in shock, but I kept walking.”
Ms.Boylan says that Cuomo’s female staff members “normalized” the governor’s behavior. In 2018, she says, she began to “speak up” after Cuomo allegedly kissed her without consent, but her superiors “reprimanded” her:
After that, my fears worsened. I came to work nauseous every day. My relationship with his senior team — mostly women — grew hostile after I started speaking up for myself. I was reprimanded and told to get in line by his top aides, but I could no longer ignore it.
On September 26, 2018, I sent a mass email informing staff members of my resignation.
The sexual allegations come at a time in which Cuomo’s administration is already under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn following reports that the governor’s top official told Democrat lawmakers that individuals purposely withheld the nursing home data, admitting that they “froze” due to fears that the figures could “be used against us” in a federal investigation.
The New York Post first revealed the damning allegation.
In response, New York state officials are calling for Cuomo’s emergency powers, granted by the emergency pandemic, to be removed.