On Monday, New York Governor denied allegations that he sexually harassed his former aide by making inappropriate comments about her appearance.
During an Albany press briefing, Cuomo claims that the allegations made by former economic-development aide Lindsey Boylan were “not true.”
“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,” said the 63-year-old Democratic governor.
“But it’s just not true.”
Boylan, who is running for Manhattan borough president, made the accusations over Twitter on Sunday as she posts: “Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched.”
However, she did not provide more specific details on the allegations, and had not responded to multiple requests for comment.
“To be clear: I have no interest in talking to journalists. I am about validating the experience of countless women and making sure abuse stops,” Boylan tweeted.
According to a state official, Boylan had not filed any formal complaints against the governor while she was a state employee.
The 36-year-old aide worked for the Cuomo administration from March 2015 to October 2018, serving first as executive vice president of Empire State Development before becoming as a special adviser to Cuomo for economic development.
While she voluntarily resigned her position in 2018, she trashed her time working for Cuomo as the “most toxic team environment” she had ever experienced, and claimed that there is “a whole book of people who have been harmed” by the governor.
However, personnel memos written on that year indicated that Boylan resigned after she was confronted about complaints about her own office behavior.
“Ms. Boyland had behaved in a way towards them that was harassing, belittling, and had yelled and been generally unprofessional,” wrote Julia Pinover Kupiec, the administration’s ethics officer, in one memo.