Ex-Cuomo Aide: Harassment Started When I First Met Him

Marco Green
February 26, 2021

"As we said before, Ms. Boylan's claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false", press secretary Caitlin Girouard said in a statement. "His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right". She said she was originally inspired to discuss her experience while Cuomo's name was being floated as a potential Attorney General pick in the Biden Administration. Her claims include the Governor kissing her on the lips behind closed doors, sending her roses on Valentine's Day, and saying "Let's play strip poker" on a flight back to the state capital on a state-owned airplane in 2017.

Cuomo went on to call Boylan "Lisa" in front of colleagues, she writes.

Boylan, like Cuomoa Democrat, is running for Manhattan borough president. She was prompted to speak out, she said, by seeing Cuomo's name floated as a potential nominee for US attorney general.

Boylan said she long "tried to excuse" the governor's behavior, but no longer could after he gave her an unsolicited kiss during a private meeting at his New York City office.

The office shared in a press release that they claim are all flight manifests from October 2017, none of which show Boylan "alone with the Governor, a single press aide, and a NYS Trooper".

The governor's office also included flight logs from the time of the alleged "strip poker" comment and a joint statement from several current and former staffers arguing that the "conversation did not happen".

More than 15,000 people have died in NY state's nursing homes and long term care facilities from COVID-19, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths.

Cuomo was first elected governor in 2010, and re-elected in 2014 and 2018. On Wednesday, she published an account of the alleged harassment online.

Stefanik is not the first NY lawmaker to call for an end to Cuomo's term. "He ridiculed them about their romantic relationships and significant others". You could be sisters.

"I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks".

Lindsay Boylan served as the Governor's deputy secretary of economic development and as a special adviser.

He's been accused of harassing Lindsey Boylan, who worked in his administration for more than three years.

She resigned from her post in September 2018 and said she was sharing her story now to "clear the path for other women to do the same". "I told myself 'it's only words.' But that changed after a one-on-one briefing with the Governor to update him on economic and infrastructure projects", she wrote.

"On the tweets, I totally respect a woman's right, fought for a woman's right to express any concern, any issue that she has in the workplace". From there, Boylan fired off anecdotes about having her whereabouts tracked, physical comparisons to Cuomo's ex-girlfriend, and offered to play strip poker.

The state says visitations can resume February 26 for the first time in nearly a year in counties where the positivity rate is below five percent on a rolling seven-day average but homes also must be COVID-free for 14 days. "We refuse to accept a definition of leadership that depends on denigrating and abusing others in service to one powerful man".

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