Cuomo doubles down on ex-aide's sexual harassment allegations: 'It's just not true'

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo credit Jeenah Moon/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- One day after a former female aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused him in a series of tweets of sexual harassment -- which a spokeswoman denied on Sunday -- he addressed it himself at his Monday briefing.

Former aide Lindsey Boylan, who is running for Manhattan borough president, accused Cuomo of making inappropriate comments about her appearance.

"I heard about the tweet and what it said about comments I had made, and it's not true," Cuomo told said. "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. But it's just not true."

Boylan tweeted that the Democratic lawmaker "sexually harassed me for years. 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," she continued.

Asked for comment, Cuomo's press secretary Caitlin Girouard on Sunday told the Associated Press, "There is simply no truth to these claims.''

Boylan, 36, worked for the Cuomo administration from March 2015 to October 2018, serving first as executive vice president of Empire State Development, and then as a special adviser to Cuomo for economic development.

She did not provide details of the alleged harassment and didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press. Boylan later tweeted, "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's sexual harassment allegation against Cuomo comes after The Associated Press and others reported that the 63-year-old governor is under consideration for the job of attorney general in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Earlier this month, Boylan had also tweeted about her work experience in the Cuomo administration, listing it as the worst job she ever had.

"I tried to quit three times before it stuck. I've worked hard my whole life. Hustled - fake it till you make it style,'' she wrote. "That environment is beyond toxic. I'm still unwrapping it years later in therapy!''

Boylan ran against U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler in the 2020 Democratic primary, garnering 22% of the vote in a campaign in which she argued that the incumbent wasn't progressive enough. She announced last month that she is running in the 2021 Democratic primary to succeed Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who is term-limited.