A former aide accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment on Sunday, The New York Times reports.
Lindsey Boylan, who is running for Manhattan borough president, said on Twitter that the alleged harassment went on “for years.”
“I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks,” she wrote. “Or would it be both in the same conversation?”
“Many saw” the alleged harassment and “watched,” she said.
“And I *know* I am not the only woman,” she added.
“I’m angry to be put in this situation at all,” she said in another tweet. “That because I am a woman, I can work hard my whole life to better myself and help others and yet still fall victim as countless women over generations have. Mostly silently. I hate that some men, like @NYGovCuomo abuse their power.”
“There is simply no truth to these claims,” the governor’s press secretary told the Times.
Boylan did not provide any specific allegations and did not respond to reporters.
“I have no interest in talking to journalists,” she wrote. “I am about validating the experience of countless women and making sure abuse stops. My worst fear is that this continues… my second worst fear is having to talk about and relive this.”
Boylan a major Cuomo critic:
Boylan, who served as a deputy press secretary for economic development and as a special adviser to Cuomo, has long criticized the governor after leaving his office.
She criticized the office policy on accomodating working parents and described her experience working for Cuomo as “beyond toxic” and “endlessly dispiriting.”
Boylan is running for Manhattan borough president after an unsuccessful primary challenge to New York Rep. Jerry Nadler.