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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who may soon become U.S. Attorney General, is being subject to claims of sexual harassment against him by his former assistant Lindsey Boylan.
Boylan reported through her Twitter account that Cuomo “sexually harassed her for years” and said that “many saw and watched” what was happening.
“I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be questioned about my work (which was very good) or would I be harassed about my looks? Or would they both be in the same conversation? This was the way it was for years,” he said.
Boylan said she “knows she’s not the only woman” and accused Cuomo of “abusing his power.”
Earlier this month, the former assistant tweeted about her experience in Cuomo’s Administration and said it was the worst job she had ever had.
Boylan worked for the governor’s administration as his advisor from 2015 to 2018, and now aspires to be Manhattan district president.
After making her complaint known, the media sought to interview her but she denied that she was interested in talking to journalists. “I have no interest in talking to journalists. I want to validate the experience of countless women and make sure the abuse stops,” she stated.
Boylan has shown her radical rejection at the possibility of Cuomo becoming a U.S. attorney.
In a tweet, she said the governor is unethical and takes advantage of people: “There are fewer scary things to give this man, who lives without ethics, than even more control. I saw how he exercised power for years. He takes advantage of people, including me”.
Caitlin Girouard, Cuomo’s press secretary, said that “there is simply no truth in these claims.”
The governor, for his part, denied harassing Boylan: “I heard about the Tweet, and what it said about comments that I had made, and it’s just not true,” Cuomo said in a teleconference with members of the press.
Although the veracity of Boylan’s claim is not clear, according to the Associated Press, Cuomo’s former assistant has reportedly resigned after receiving several complaints about her behavior.
“Several women complained to Empire State Development’s Human Resources Department that Ms. Boyland had behaved in a way that harassed them, belittled them, yelled at them, and was generally unprofessional,” wrote management ethics officer Julia Pinover Kupiec in a memo.
Andrew Cuomo: the governor under controversy
Andrew Cuomo has not only been kept under the radar of the press due to sexual harassment charges against him but the governor is also in the eye of the storm for his radical pandemic measures in trying to shut down New York City at Christmastime.
The governor has banned restaurants from serving inside their premises:
“Hospitalizations have not stabilized and with the infection rate increasing and the density of New York City, this means that eating indoors is too high a risk,” the governor wrote in a social media message explaining the reason for the measure.
In late November, the Supreme Court reversed the New York Governor’s decisions to restrict religious services in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Court held that the Governor’s restrictions violate the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion.
Added to this is the fact that everyone, from sheriffs to New York City police officers, have rebelled at times against Cuomo’s measures.
As part of the Thanksgiving celebration, police officials refused to monitor whether or not New Yorkers were compliying with the Democratic governor’s order. They argued that their work time would be better spent and focused elsewhere in taking more useful actions to fight crime.
And now the governor, after the string of constant scandals that surround him, would also be among the candidates for the position of attorney general; however, recently, Cuomo stated: “I have no intention of running for president or vice president, or going into the administration.” But he acknowledged that the position of attorney general “is really critical, especially now.”