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The Allegations Against Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Background Information

Governor of New York, Andrew Mark Cuomo is facing allegations made by three women, including two of his former employees.

Last month, Governor Cuomo dealt with a mishandling of nursing home death data that put him and his administration on headlines.

Allegations

Pictured left is Politician Lindsey Boylan and right is Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo's former staffer Lindsey Boylan, released a detailed statement describing her experience working with the governor. She was informed by her boss that Cuomo had a crush on her and in another instance, suggested they play strip poker.

Her statement regarding the experience with Governor Cuomo

In her statement, she says how the governor often created a culture within his administration where "sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected." In 2018, Boylan states he had kissed her on the lips without her consent. After many unflattering comments Cuomo made about his female colleagues, Boylan told herself "it's only words." To this day, she will never forgive herself for ignoring his behavior, which was inappropriate.

Pictured above is Charlotte Bennett

Charlotte Bennett, a former aide, in a statement wrote “As we know, abusers — particularly those with tremendous amounts of power — are often repeat offenders who engage in manipulative tactics to diminish allegations, blame victims, deny wrongdoing and escape consequences...” In an interview, Bennett stated how Cuomo had asked her if she had ever been with an older man and interrogated her about her sex life as well.

Pictured above is Anna Ruch with Governor Cuomo at a wedding reception in September 2019

Anna Ruch recounted the time where she had met Governor Cuomo in a crowded New York City wedding reception, back in September 2019. He attempted to make small talk with Ruch and later placed his hand on her lower back. He then placed both his hands on her cheek and asked if her could kiss her, and proceeded to kiss her on the cheek. Ruch was left speechless and in pure disbelief.

Cuomo's Response to the Allegations

In response to Lindsey Boylan's allegations, the Governor's office said they were "simply false." Governor Cuomo, in a statement published last week, referred to Charlotte Bennett as "a hardworking and valued member of our team during COVID. She has every right to speak out"

Governor Cuomo also said that he never made any advances towards Bennett nor did he ever want her to feel uncomfortable in his presence. “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.” said Cuomo

This week, the governor's office hired an independent law firm to investigate the allegations. New York Attorney General Letitia James has received the letter to commence an investigation. The letter was sent from the Governor's office from Beth Garvey, the senior adviser to Cuomo. The letter also states that all employees "to cooperate fully with the review and notes that Cuomo will forgo weekly updates on the investigation." (Moghe and LeBlanc)

Watch New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi comment on the allegations made against Governor Andrew Cuomo.