Former Advisor Alleges Cuomo for “Pervasive Harassment”   

Peyton Feldman, Writer

Peyton Feldman 

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Lindsey Boylan former aid to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released details backing up her claims of sexual harassment.  

Apparently, Cuomo made numerous impropriate comments and even alleged him of kissing her on the lips in a Manhattan office after she gave him a one-on-one meeting on infrastructure and economic projects. She was heading out an open door when Cuomo blocked the exit when he kissed her. Boylan was shocked but kept on walkingNBC news stated, As time went on, [Boylan] wrote, she complained to friends that Cuomo “would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs.” 

Additionally, Cuomo allegedly made several inappropriate degrading comments such as “let’s play strip poker” which the New York Post mentioned occurred “while they were flying home from an October 2017 event in Western New York on his taxpayer-funded jet and he also called her “Lisa” in front of other colleagues.  

The New York Post said, “Boylan posted screenshots of government emails, including one in which Cuomo’s executive secretary, Stephanie Benton, purportedly passed along a message from him that referenced a reported former girlfriend to show she was his type.” He said look up Lisa Shields. You could be sisters. Except you’re the better-looking sister,” the Dec. 14, 2016, email said. 

 According to her 1700-plus word essay Boylan mentioned DeRosa and other top women” working for Cuomo “normalized” his alleged harassment so “that only now do I realize how insidious his abuse was. She resigned working for him in September 2018 because “my fears worsened. I came to work nauseous every day.” she wrote. Two women reached out to me with their own experiences” Boylan wrote after she had first accused Cuomo in December. 

Cuomo responded to the allegations during a news conference a day after her first tweets “Look, I fought for and I believe a woman has the right to come forward and express her opinion and express issues and concerns that she has. But it’s just not true.” 

On the October 2017 Western New York flight Boylan mentioned she was sitting facing Cuomo and there was a state trooper behind her along with a press aide to her right. 

 Caitlin Girouard, Cuomo’s Press Secretary responded, “As we said before, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false,”She issued a statement on the behalf of four other employees John Maggiore, Howard Zemsky, Dani Lever and Abbey Fashouer Collins who work for Cuomo and who’d taken flights with him and Boylan “We were on each of these October flights and this conversation did not happen.”  

Boylan did not respond to the statement.