Former Cuomo assistant implicates guv of kissing her without authorization

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Former Cuomo aide accuses governor of kissing her without permission

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A previous assistant to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday implicated the guv of kissing her without her authorization while she functioned as deputy secretary for financial advancement in 2018.

Lindsey Boylan, now a prospect for Manhattan district president, launched an in-depth account of her accusations versus her previous employer in an article. Boylan revealed her harassment allegations versus the guv in December, though she did not enter into specifics at the time.

Cuomo Press Secretary Caitlin Girouard stated in a declaration, “Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false.”

In the exact same news release from Cuomo’s workplace, 4 other members of his personnel challenged a single information of Boylan’s account. Boylan composed that while on an aircraft from a Western New York occasion in 2017 with the guv, a press assistant and state cannon fodder, Cuomo informed her, “Let’s play strip poker.” Cuomo’s workplace launched a record of all flights from October 2017 and stated “there was no flight where Lindsey was alone with the Governor, a single press aide, and a NYS Trooper.”

The record does reveal Boylan was on numerous flights with the guv and other members of his personnel. Boylan did not claim in her post that she was alone on the flight with simply the guv, a press assistant and state cannon fodder. But the 4 Cuomo staffers stated in a declaration consisted of in the release, “We were on each of these October flights and this conversation did not happen.”

The brand-new information became Cuomo is combating accusations of mishandling assisted living home information and policies at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in New York in 2015.

The U.S. Department of Justice has actually released a criminal probe into coronavirus-related assisted living home deaths in the state. New York Attorney General Letitia James, Cuomo’s fellow Democrat, launched a report last month stating the state had actually underreported Covid-19 deaths in retirement home by as much as 50%.

Cuomo’s habits towards associates has actually seen restored analysis after New York Assemblyman Ron Kim implicated the guv of pledging to “destroy” him after Kim slammed Cuomo’s handling of assisted living home break outs. Cuomo’s senior consultant rejected that Kim’s accusation holds true.

In her post Wednesday, Boylan referenced Kim’s allegations and broadened on her own, consisting of screenshots of e-mails from her time working for the guv.

Lindsey Boylan participates in The 9th Annual Elly Awards Hosted By The Women’s Forum Of New York on June 17, 2019 in New York City.

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Boylan stated after she satisfied the guv for the very first time in 2016, her employer informed her Cuomo had a “crush” on her. She stated she later on grumbled to good friends that he “would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs.”

She likewise declared Cuomo “made unflattering comments about the weight of female colleagues” and “ridiculed them about their romantic relationships and significant others.”

“I tried to excuse his behavior,” Boylan composed. “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. We were in his New York City office on Third Avenue. As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips. I was in shock, but I kept walking.”

Boylan composed that she hesitated a colleague had actually seen the kiss and composed, “The idea that someone might think I held my high-ranking position because of the Governor’s ‘crush’ on me was more demeaning than the kiss itself.”

Boylan stated she revealed her resignation in September 2018.

She likewise shared a screenshot of a 2016 e-mail that seemed from Stephanie Benton, director of the guv’s workplaces, stating Cuomo recommended Boylan search for photos of his reported previous sweetheart since “You could be sisters. Except you’re the better looking sister.”

Boylan implicated high-ranking ladies in Cuomo’s workplace of developing a culture that “normalized” the habits of their employer, calling out leading assistant Melissa DeRosa by name. She stated 2 other ladies had actually connected to her about their own experiences with the guv after she published her initial accusations online in December.

“One described how she lived in constant fear, scared of what would happen to her if she rejected the Governor’s advances,” Boylan composed. “The other said she was instructed by the Governor to warn staff members who upset him that their jobs could be at risk. Both told me they are too afraid to speak out.”

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