GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik demanded the immediate resignation of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo following the emergence of a more detailed account of sexual harassment claims against the governor.
Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo staffer, expounded on her allegations in a Medium post on Wednesday morning after first accusing the governor of sexually harassing her “for years” last December. Cuomo denies the claims.
Boyland, who was in Cuomo administration from March 2015 to October 2018, said the governor kissed her without her consent and made other unwanted physical and verbal advances, which she claims his staff knew about.
Stefanik, who called for an investigation into the allegations when Boylan first came forward, issued a statement on Wednesday seeking Cuomo’s resignation and labeling him “a criminal sexual predator.”
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“On December 14th, I was one of the first and one of the only elected officials in New York State to call for an investigation into Governor Cuomo’s sexual harassment of Ms. Boylan,” the New York Republican added, noting her previous remarks on the issue. “It is an inexcusable disgrace that almost every other elected official in New York State quietly brushed this serious and credible allegation under the rug. Sadly, much of the media in the state either ignored this matter or chose to report the sexist character and professional smears of Ms. Boylan by Governor Cuomo’s taxpayer-funded staff.”
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“As we said before, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false,” Cuomo’s press secretary Caitlin Girouard said in a statement.
The governor’s office also sent out a statement attributable to four current or former staffers: Director of Policy John Maggiore; President and CEO of Empire State Development Howard Zemski; press secretary Dani Lever; and first deputy press secretary Abbey Fashouer Collins. “We were on each of these October flights and this conversation did not happen,” the statement said.
In addition, Cuomo’s office sent flight manifests from October 2017 in an attempt to debunk Boylan’s allegation that he asked her to play “strip poker” during a flight with a single press aide and a state trooper. But Boylan, in her Medium post, never specified that those were the only people on the flight when she says he made the comment.
Cuomo is running for a fourth term as governor next year, and Stefanik is considering challenging him for the governorship.