A former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated the governor subjected her to “pervasive harassment” throughout her years of working for him, together with quite a few inappropriate feedback in entrance of different individuals and a kiss on the lips whereas they had been alone.
“Let’s play strip poker,” the previous aide, Lindsey Boylan, stated Cuomo advised her on one event.
“I’m compelled to inform my story as a result of no girl ought to really feel pressured to cover their experiences of office intimidation, harassment and humiliation — not by the Governor or anybody else,” Boylan wrote in an essay posted Wednesday on the web site Medium.
Boylan, now a candidate for Manhattan borough president in New York Metropolis, labored for the Cuomo administration between 2015 and 2018 as a deputy secretary for financial improvement and particular adviser to the governor.
Within the Medium essay, Boylan stated her issues started after her first encounter with the governor at an occasion in Manhattan in January 2016.
“My boss quickly knowledgeable me that the governor had a ‘crush’ on me,” Boylan stated.
As time went on, she wrote, she complained to buddies that Cuomo “would exit of his option to contact me on my decrease again, legs and arms.”
The remark about enjoying strip poker allegedly got here when Boylan and Cuomo had been flying residence from an occasion in western New York on his “taxpayer-funded jet” in October of 2017.
“He was seated going through me, so shut our knees virtually touched. His press aide was to my proper and a state trooper behind us,” Boylan wrote. She stated that after he made the crude remark, she responded sarcastically, “That’s precisely what I used to be considering.”
“I attempted to play it cool. However in that second, I spotted simply how acquiescent I had turn out to be,” she wrote.
She stated the harassment “prolonged past simply me. He made unflattering feedback in regards to the weight of feminine colleagues. He ridiculed them about their romantic relationships and vital others. He stated the explanations that males get girls had been ‘cash and energy.'”
She stated she tried to console herself that it was “simply phrases,” however that Cuomo then crossed one other line in 2018, after she gave him a one-on-one briefing on financial and infrastructure tasks at his workplace in Manhattan.
“As I bought as much as go away and stroll towards an open door, he stepped in entrance of me and kissed me on the lips. I used to be in shock, however I stored strolling,” she wrote.
“After that, my fears worsened. I got here to work nauseous day by day.” she wrote. She resigned in September of 2018.
Cuomo’s workplace denied the newest allegations.
“As we stated earlier than, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate habits are fairly merely false,” press secretary Caitlin Girouard stated in an announcement.
Girouard issued an announcement on behalf of 4 different Cuomo workers who’d taken flights with Boylan and Cuomo in 2017 that stated, “We had been on every of those October flights and this dialog didn’t occur.”
Girouard stated manifests of Cuomo’s flights in October of 2017 present there “was no flight the place Lindsey was alone with the Governor, a single press aide, and a NYS Trooper,” though Boylan’s essay didn’t say these had been the one individuals on the flight.
Boylan didn’t reply to requests for remark.
In her essay, she cited state Assemblyman Ron Kim’s resolution to talk out in regards to the “bullying” he stated he’d obtained from Cuomo as a part of the rationale why she’s talking out now. Kim, a Democrat, stated Cuomo vowed to “destroy” him throughout for criticizing his handling of Covid-19 outbreaks at nursing homes.
Cuomo denied he’d achieved so final week. “I didn’t say something about Assemblyman Ron Kim. He attacked me,” Cuomo told reporters.
Boylan wrote she’s not “searching for revenge. I used to be proud to work within the Cuomo Administration. For therefore lengthy I had regarded as much as the Governor. However his abusive habits must cease.”