While much of the nation was already concerned about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, (particularly in reference to his decision to send sick patients to nursing homes), a new scandal is now rocking Albany.
Cuomo, one of the most prominent Democrats outside of Washington DC, is now being credibly accused of horrid and harassing behavior toward women.
A former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is accusing the embattled New York leader of sexually harassing her — including unwanted kissing and touching — and says his top female staffers “normalized” the behavior.
Lindsey Boylan, the former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor, said Cuomo constantly sought her out and had staffers arrange meetings with her, where he made inappropriate comments.
“Let’s play strip poker,” Boylan said Cuomo remarked on a flight from an event in October 2017, according to an essay she wrote on Medium published Wednesday.
Cuomo’s office shrugged off the allegations flippantly, despite their despicable nature and the evidence that Boylan presented with her claims.
She also alleged that shortly before the office incident, that made her feel uncomfortable, Stephanie Benton, director of the governor’s offices, told her in an email that Cuomo suggested she look up images of Lisa Shields — his rumored former girlfriend — because “we could be sisters” and told Boylan she was “the better looking sister.”
“The Governor began calling me ‘Lisa’ in front of colleagues. It was degrading,” Boylan wrote, including screenshots of the email exchange between her and Benton.
Boylan said in another incident, this time in Cuomo’s New York City office, he kissed her on the lips.
There are already numerous calls for Cuomo to resign over the accusations, but it appears as though the Governor is looking to stand tall and do this the hard way.