A former aide to Andrew Cuomo, who has accused the New York Governor of sexual harassment, called for his impeachment Saturday (March 20)
“When we don’t hold our leaders accountable, we allow them to continue their abuse and impunity. The only way we can hold this governor accountable is to impeach him,” Lindsey Boylan said at a political rally in New York.
Boylan, who is currently running for Manhattan Burrough President, was the first woman to publicly accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment. Since doing so, six other women have also come forward.
Cuomo, one of the nation’s best-known Democratic politicians, has been accused by several former aides of engaging in a series of unwanted, sexually suggestive comments, and in one case an unsolicited kiss.
He has also come under fire in recent weeks over his office’s role in reporting the official count of coronavirus fatalities among patients of nursing and extended-care facilities.
“In December, I spoke truth to power on the harassment and bullying I faced working for Governor Cuomo. And when the Governor should have been focused on leading us out of this pandemic, he was instead focused on covering up the deaths of 15,000 New Yorkers and smearing me and my reputation,” Boylan said.
Earlier in March, Cuomo retained a prominent white-collar criminal defense lawyer to represent his office in a federal investigation into the state’s misreporting of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, according to a spokesman.
The often outspoken governor has stayed mostly out of the public eye since the sexual harassment scandal started gaining traction in late May.
Cuomo rose to national prominence for his daily televised briefings last spring, when New York was the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States. In January, the attorney general’s office issued a report that cast doubt on the Cuomo administration’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, saying the state health department significantly undercounted the death toll in nursing homes and implemented policies that may have contributed to it.
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