Former aide says N.Y. Governor Cuomo sexually harassed her 'for years'
" I *know* I am not the only woman," the former aide said about her allegations.
A former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is alleging he sexually harassed her for years, though she provided no proof or details.
The ex-employee, Lindsey Boylan, made the allegation Sunday no Twitter. Boylan worked for the governor's administration from 2015 to 2018 as an employee of Empire State Development, the state's economic development public-benefit organization. In March 2018, she became deputy secretary for economic development and a special adviser to the Democratic governor.
Boylan said she won't discuss the matter with journalists but alleged others saw Cuomo's actions. But she recently said working for Cuomo was a "toxic" work environment.
"Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years," tweeted Boylan, a self-proclaimed progressive. "Many saw it, and watched. I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years."
She also said: "Not knowing what to expect what’s the most upsetting part aside from knowing that no one would do a damn thing even when they saw it," Boylan continued. "No one. And I *know* I am not the only woman."
Boylen also tweeted about her mother's experiences with sexual harassment.
"My first experience of workplace sexual harassment was when my mom got her first real office job after graduating from college when I was in high school. She was so excited to be taken 'seriously.' Her bossed isolated her and kissed her. She never had that type of job again," she wrote. "It was then how I learned how hard it is for women. How hard this world can be for us when we are trying to be taken seriously and help our community. How easily jerks can destroy the lives of women."
"And I promised myself I would never let those kind of guys win. I would work hard my whole life to put myself in positions of power to change things. To end the violence & corruption. Give voice to the voiceless. I am not stopping. I refuse. I will never give up," she said in another tweet.
"To be clear: I have no interest in talking to journalists," Boylan also wrote. "I am about validating the experience of countless women and making sure abuse stops. My worst fear is that this continues."
Boylan is one of many Democrats running for Manhattan borough president in 2021. She also ran against Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., in New York's 10th Congressional District this year but lost by more than 40 points, according to a Fox News review of her on Ballotpedia.
"To be clear: I have no interest in talking to journalists," Boylan said. "I am about validating the experience of countless women and making sure abuse stops. My worst fear is that this continues."