A woman who was once an advisor to New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is claiming that he sexually harassed her “for years” during their time working together.
From March of 2015 to October of 2018, Lindsey Boylan served as deputy secretary for economic development and special advisor in the Cuomo administration, according to Newsweek. She took to Twitter on Saturday to accuse Cuomo of sexually harassing her.
“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,” Boylan wrote in a series of tweets. “She was so excited to be taken ‘seriously.’ Her bossed isolated her and kissed her. She never had that type of job again.”
“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,” she added. “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.”
That’s when she got into her allegations against Cuomo.
“Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years,” Boylan alleged. “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. 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. No one. And I *know* I am not the only woman.”
“I’m angry to be put in this situation at all. 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,” Boylan concluded. ” I hate that some men, like @NYGovCuomo abuse their power.”
This comes days after Boylan claimed that “working for Andrew Cuomo” was the “most toxic team environment” she had ever encountered. She added that “if people weren’t deathly afraid” of Cuomo, that “they’d be saying the same thing and you’d already know the stories.”
“Seriously, the messages and texts I receive when I speak the truth about this…it’s a whole book of people who have been harmed,” Boylan said.